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Dr. K. Vijay Raghvan

Secretary's Profile

Past Secretaries

Dr. M. K. Bhan
2005 - 2013


To take bioscience to new heights, promote interdisciplinary research, create biotechnology tools and technologies that address the problems of agriculture productivity, food production, nutrition security, health care and environmental sustainability by providing new and emerging technology, products and services at affordable prices, generate employment opportunities and make India globally competitive in the emerging bio-economy.


Accelerating the pace of research, innovation, development and technology transfer to advance biotechnology as strategic area by taking India's strengths in foundational sciences to globally competitive levels and expanding the application of biotechnologies for overall growth of bio-economy within the framework of inclusive development to: (i) ensure availability of required numbers of world class scientists and professionals relevant to R&D and technology development alongwith a well trained and skilled technical work force for industry. (ii) establish adequate infrastructure, biotechnology incubators and clusters. (iii) catalyze early stage innovation through investments and support services. (iv) engage public-private partnerships for development of products of social relevance for applications in agriculture, healthcare, environment and industry.(v) provide a fiscal, regulatory and legal framework that encourages risk taking by investors

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The setting up of a separate Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Ministry of Science and Technology in 1986 gave a new impetus to the development of the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India. In more than a decade of its existence, the department has promoted and accelerated the pace of development of biotechnology in the country. Through several R&D projects, demonstrations and creation of infrastructural facilities a clear visible impact of this field has been seen. The department has made significant achievements in the growth and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry.

The impact of the biotechnology related developments in agriculture, health care, environment and industry, has already been visible and the efforts are now culminating into products and processes. More than 5000 research publications, 4000 post-doctoral students, several technologies transferred to industries and patents filed including US patents, can be considered as a modest beginning. Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has been interacting with more than 5,000 scientists per year in order to utilise the existing expertise of the universities and other national laboratories. A very strong peer reviewing and monitoring mechanism has been developed. There has been close interaction with the State Governments particularly through State S & T Councils for developing biotechnology application projects, demonstration of proven technologies, and training of human resource in States and Union Territories. Programmes with the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Mizoram, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have been evolved. Biotechnology Application Centres in Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal have already been started.
  1. Promotion of specialized human resource for frontier research and education
  2. Setting up of high-end specialized centres/units for basic and translational research across sectors.
  3. Major programmes on science for societal benefit in the context of food security, climate resilient crops, affordable healthcare and nutrition.
  4. Promote translation R&D; and Technology development / transfer agriculture / health care technologies.
  5. Reforms in process and infrastructure for implementation of biotechnology regulation.
  6. Promoting Institutional framework for public awareness and understanding.
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Streamlining regulatory frame work safety assessment and commercial use of genetically engineered products Ministries of Agriculture, health and family welfare; and Environment and forests. The impact will be in terms of number of new GM crop varieties available to farmers for increasing productivity and other socio-economic gains. The activity would be also measured in terms of number of products in healthcare available from bench side to bed.
Would provide ecosystem and accountability in responsible use of biotechnology and ensures better communication
with stake holders and state governments.
2. Creating ecosystem of innovation and enterprise for affordable products
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) – in terms timely recognition of industry R&D units for
Number of experts and the capacity to innovate affordable products . No.       30 40
3. Commercial availability of technologies and products for indigenous problems with Indian IPR and licensing
Drug Controller General of India – for regulatory clearances of health products. Department of Agriculture Cooperation –
for crop varietal release. Department of Agriculture Research and Education (ICAR) – field trials. Ministry of Environment and Forest - regulation of GM products.
Number of products in pipeline and commercialization. No.     28 20 22
4. Accelerated translational research and technology development, transfer and commercialization of biotech products for increase growth of bioeconomy.
Drug Controller General of India – for regulatory clearances of health products. Department of Agriculture Cooperation –
for crop varietal release. Department of Agriculture Research and Education (ICAR) – field trials. Ministry of Environment and Forest - regulation of GM products.
Translational and product development capacity for use across departments. No.     15 20 50


Results-Framework Document