DBT being a visionary in biotech research and promotion established 16 autonomous
institutes for pursuing research in various disciplines of biotechnology in the specialized areas of
agriculture and allied science, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry engaged in
the theme-based research with the projects sponsored by the national and the international
agencies. More than 80 technologies developed under the efforts of autonomous institute and
many of them have been commercialized through technology transfer. The autonomous institute
of DBT have several research leads including IPR/patents.
National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi continued expansion of
scientific programmes in a multi-investigators driven mode to address challenging questions in
biology for improvement of healthcare. It also promotes state-of-art teaching and training
facilities in advanced biological sciences using an inter-disciplinary approach so as to inculcate
the highest level of aptitude and ability in the country’s skilled manpower pool.
National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), Pune has taken new initiatives in
nurturing young scientific talent and research scholars into its PhD programme dealing with
cutting-edge research areas in structural biology, stem cell biology, deciphering the role of RNA
in biological control processes and the cellular and molecular basis of memory.
Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad is
well equipped with world class state-of-the-art instrumentation and computing infrastructure to
facilitate working in frontier areas of research in life sciences. It provides services for
agricultural and processed food products for testing purity of samples of agricultural commodity
using DNA markers that can distinguish different Basmati varieties and also traits identification
and validation. The major areas of research in the institute centred around cell signalling,
transcription, structural biology, computational biology and bioinformatics, immunology,
genetics and molecular pathogenesis.
Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneshwar is giving focus on infectious
disease biology, gene function and regulation and translational research. It has state-of-the-art
infrastructural facilities for cutting-edge multidisciplinary research in frontier areas of life
National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar is pursuing interdisciplinary
research and teaching on epilepsy and brain mapping. The focus of the Institute is on generation
of skilled manpower in brain research that would help India to achieve international leadership in
this frontier area of science.
National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), Delhi is focusing
research on understanding of the structure, expression and function of genes along with
arrangement of genes on plant genomes and manipulation of plant genes/genomes to breed
improved varieties of food and industrial crops for high yields and of better quality products. It is
making attempts to translate some of the technologies developed through basic reseach activities
for their application in agriculture.
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram
working on research programme on chronic disease biology, tropical disease biology and disease