Life sciences and allied sectors are gaining more importance in India than ever before, whether it be industry, biomedical and basic research or the understanding of our spectacular biodiversity. We envision India as a nucleus for research in frontier areas in the near future; but for this to happen it is imperative to foster a world-class community of scientists, administrators and policy makers. The current scenario of bureaucracy, inefficiencies and poor networking across actors results in wastage of talent and effort.
IndiaBioscience, a non-profit program, fills a unique niche in the ecosystem of the life sciences
in India, being a catalyst to promote changes that affect the culture and practice of the field, through
engagement with academia, government and industry at various levels. IndiaBioscience aims to
increase the visibility of science in society, by being a hub for policy discussions, science communication,
and as an aggregator of information.
IndiaBioscience has been nurtured within the campus of the National Centre for Biological Sciences,
Bangalore, but our mandate is broad-based in serving the life science profession across India. For
the past two and a half years, we have been an active player in assessing problems and delivering
solutions to academia. We have also established a global network to gain access to best practices
and tailor them for an Indian milieu.
Some of our activities over the past few years have been establishing a mentorship and recruitment
program for exceptional faculty in tier 1 institutions through Young Investigators’ Meetings, provision
of career resources for students and young professionals and facilitation of international research
collaborations though specific programs. We have also begun preliminary efforts towards addressing
undergraduate science education in India, and have conducted a meeting that resulted in a program
and white paper that addressed administrative, research and recruitment issues in universities.
In the future, IndiaBioscience plans to engage with educational institutions to recharge research and
teaching, become a forum for policy related to life-sciences, create a unified online platform for science
communication and launch a database to network industry and academia.