Government of West Bengal

Department of Science and Technology

and Biotechnology

Emblem of Department of Science and Technology
and Biotechnology

Our Schemes

01. Science Promotion through Research & Development
The Department of Science and Technology & Biotechnology (DSTBT), Government of West Bengal (GoWB), has a scheme on “Research and Development Programmes” named as Gobeshonay Bangla which is being implemented throughout the State of West Bengal for promotion of scientific research and introduction of technology in areas appropriate for fulfilment of socio-economic objectives of the Government and improvement of the quality of life of its people. This Department prefers collaborative inter-disciplinary projects involving different departments of the same Institute or other Institutes with a predefined translational outcome with commercialization scope. Priority shall be given to take forward work which has reference to a seminal work and may lead to defined applications. Proposals should be based on innovative ideas. Major programmes of extension based on proven technologies may are also be considered for support, in case a value-addition or process reengineering is proposed. Priority shall be given to short duration proposals with minimal resources towards purchase of equipment and hiring of personnel.

Nature of projects supported under the scheme :

i) Research & Technology development: Financial assistance for S&T related R&D programmes in emerging & challenging areas of science, technology& engineering and for development oriented location specific research and technology development that will help in micro planning and area development in the State.

ii) Joint/ Collaborative Programme with Other Organisations: To develop and support specific collaborative programmes focusing on multidisciplinary area based approach to rural/regional development in co-operation with multiple central and state institutions, universities, etc. These areas where scientific intervention can significantly improve the socio-economic conditions must be identified.

iii) Studies, Survey and Documentation related to Science & Technology: Financial assistance is offered for carrying out basic and applied scientific research/studies/survey/documentation that include techno‐economic analysis, simulation, modeling and studies etc. and development of State S & T database, S&T policy issues, specific status reports, etc.

iv) Lab to land pilot scale demonstration projects: Pilot scale demonstration projects including field trials etc. based on technologies developed by S&T Agencies/ Institutions/ Laboratories/ NGOs related to needs of the State.

v) Solutions of Problems of Different Line Departments and Industries: Financial assistance is offered for carrying out applied scientific research to cater to the needs and for solving problems of various Line Departments as well as Industries & other stake holders towards implementation in convergence with DSTBT for synergistic outcomes through collaboration and saving of government exchequer and judicious utilisation of public fund and resources.

List of broad category of subject areas under the scheme:
1. Agriculture & Horticulture
2. Animal and Fishery Sciences
3. Biological Sciences
4. Biotechnology including its Applications
5. Environment, Ecology and Climate Change
6. Physical Sciences
7. Mathematics
8. Chemical Sciences
9. Engineering and Technology
10. Medical Sciences including Public Health
11. Energy including Non-Conventional Energy
12. Earth Sciences including Geoinformatics
13. Water Resources including Conservation
14. Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Robotics & OTHER ICTs
15. Material Sciences & Nanotechnology
16. Economics, Management, Technology Policy and IPR
17. Traditional and Indigenous Knowledge
18. Ayush and Medicinal Plants
02. Technology Development and Adaptation Centre (TDAC)

Technological innovation is the bedrock of a nation and the State’s economic and social progress. West Bengal is making rapid progress in technology innovation owing to its strong network of academic and research institutions and to provide leadership in all aspect of Science and Technology.

Technology Development and Adaptation Centre, set-up on 5th October 2020 at the Vigyan Chetna Bhavan, Salt Lake, will facilitate to develop the technology in nascent stage in a bottom up approach and also will catalyze and support translational research to technology transfer. This endeavor will guide the inventor/academician in developing their relevant and appropriate technologies with a strong support of Intellectual Property Rights protection mechanism.

Role of Patent Information Centre in setting up of TDAC:
The Department of Science and Technology and Biotechnology, Government of West Bengal and the Indian Institute of Management run Entrepreneur & Innovation Park at Kolkata have mutually agreed to set up a ‘Technology Development and Adaptation Centre (TDAC)’ through the West Bengal Science & Technology Council with the objective of building and nurturing an ecosystem to support S&T led entrepreneurship, promoting Scientific research and innovation where Patent Information Centre has taken key role in nurturing innovations in the State. Patent Information Centre will facilitate in patentability assessment and IPR filing and mentoring facilities for Technology Development by finding out available solution of the technology to cater the need of Technology Start-ups and Translational research of the state.

Objectives of the Centre:
The objectives of TDAC are to build and nurture an ecosystem to support S&T led entrepreneurship, promoting scientific research and innovation, mentoring product development, and supporting the promising S&T solutions/ research of the State to enable creation of sustainable venture businesses and facilitate commercialization of research output to create the social impact and success stories. TDAC will engage in development and adaption of technologies in nascent stage in a bottom up approach which will address need-based, location specific problems with appropriate S&T intervention for economically viable, ecologically sustainable and socially acceptable development. Thus the centre will facilitate in
  • Mentoring product development, motivating the youth to take up S&T entrepreneurship.
  • Supporting job creation and employment.
  • Facilitate the promising S&T solutions/Research in the state to enable sustainable ventures, businesses, and facilitate commercialization of research output. TDAC will develop technologies in nascent stage in a bottom up approach which will address need-based, location specific problems with appropriate S&T intervention for economically viable, ecologically sustainable and socially acceptable development.

  • As a first steps in this direction Orientation programmes are being organised for the PI and Co PI of Research Projects funded by Department of Science and Technology and Biotechnology, GoWB.
  • Technology hunt Programme to provide the opportunity to pitch the idea of the outcome of the research and development projects funded by DSTBT, GoWB. In this programme the Technology start-ups, grass root innovators get the opportunity to pitch their idea. The Technology Hunt 2021 was organized by TDAC, WBSCST.
  • A total of 20 projects (15 Research and Development projects and 5 grass root innovations) were selected from the applied 35 technologies in Technology hunt Programme were shortlisted after an intensive search and evaluation process by engaging eminent scientists. Nine projects were selected based on the novelty of idea and research, leadership, team capability, Innovation, Market Opportunity, Ease of Implementation and Social and State Impact.

Future Road map:
The centre has started its initial work as per following road map. The Centre is aimed at nurturing and building an entrepreneurship environment in changing the mindset from one of job seeking to that of job creation and will facilitate
  1. To develop the prototype and create facilities for market ready product development in a hub and spoke model with Universities and Industries.
  2. To provide pre-incubation and post-incubation services to incubates apart from handholding, mentoring and training during incubation.
  3. To Identify and support promising S&T solutions from the state and enable creation of sustainable ventures businesses.
  4. To facilitate commercialization of research output that has the potential to create large scale social impact.
  5. To carry out IPR management for incubates and technology start-ups.
  6. To establish a vibrant interface between university and academia on one hand and the farmers, rural artisans, citizens and MSME sector on the other.
  7. To create avenues for creative and talented young minds to channelize their energy into productive activities.
  8. To promote entrepreneurship and creation of value and wealth for society.
  9. To attract investments in the emerging technology sector.
  10. To stop brain drain by creating job opportunities.
  11. To build and nurturing ecosystem that supports S&T led entrepreneurship.
  12. To motivate youth to take up S&T entrepreneurship (“Job Seeker” to “Job Giver”).
  13. To create success stories which can be Role Models for researchers, innovators and enterprising youth.

Program Structure, Function of TDAC, Programme Flow

03. Seminar Symposium Conference

Now-a-days, whatever may be the field, everything is getting advanced very frequently. Lots of researches and studies are carried out on various subjects around the world information on which mostly remain inaccessible to the common people in different corners of the State. This is where the Seminar, Symposium, Conference etc. are of great importance where Eminent Personalities, Scientists, Technologists etc. who have achieved some feat in Science and Technology (S&T) may interact with the students about the present and ongoing advancements in the fields of S&T. This Department gives financial assistance (Grantin-Aid) to conduct different S&T related International and National Seminars, Symposiums, Conference etc. to create Scientific temper and awareness on the benefit of the advancement of S&T amongst the University and College Students, Research Scholars, Faculties and Community at large through Colleges, Universities, Research Institutes, ITI, Polytechnic, NGO, Trust etc. throughout the State.

04. Science Camp programmes

Department of Science & Technology and Biotechnology (DSTBT), Government of West Bengal has a Scheme for financial support for Science Camp Programmes, implemented by West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology, in all the relevant fields of Science and Technology and Biotechnology for creating an impact among the students and teachers in West Bengal that may be organized by Government/ Aided/ Private Schools, Colleges, Universities, Institutes, Registered Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Trusts, etc. Under this scheme the following three types of Science Camp programmes are supported:

i) District level Residential Science Education Camps for school students (class IX - XII):
The scheme aims to inspire talented young students and motivate them to pursue careers in NATURAL SCIENCE STREAMS by providing an opportunity for hands-on experiments and interactions with experienced teachers/ professors. These camps may also serve as an ideal platform to get an exciting global viewpoint of questions relating to basic sciences when in the modern scientific world the boundaries between the disciplines are disappearing fast due to multidimensional progress. This is a three days - two nights residential programme focussing on hands–on experiments in different science subjects as per school syllabus. Total numbers of participants are fixed to 100 from twenty different schools located in different blocks in each district. No. of students from each school is four from Class IX, XII, accompanying with one science teacher. This type of programme supports demonstration of hands on experiments on science, Vedic Mathematics, Scientific film screening, lectures on recent scientific developments by eminent scientists, promotion of amateur astronomy through night sky watch etc. which creates and promotes scientific temper among school students.

ii) Block/ Municipal level Non Residential Science Camp with hands-on experiments for school students (class VII - XII):
The aim of this Science Camp is to provide a platform for hands –on experiments and interactions between young students with experienced teachers/ professors in various branches of science and mathematics. Hence Science and Technology base of the students in this State are thereby strengthened as per the National level. Through this programme, students can attend the camp in usual school hour without staying at camp location.

iii) Camp-cum Tour programme for school students (class VI - X):
These types of camps are encouraged to be organised for activities during the vacation period. Through this the students could get the opportunity to visit scientifically important places, to do experiments and make interesting science projects on their own on different subjects like Physics Chemistry, Mathematics, Life Science, Robotics, Basic Astronomy and Geography and other subjects.

05. Remote sensing & GIS

The Science and Technology Department of the Government of West Bengal was set up in 1988. The State Remote Sensing Centre of the State of West Bengal was established under Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of West Bengal in 1990, subsequently it has renamed as Geoinformatics & Remote Sensing Cell.

Through Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems the Department plays an exceptionally important role in providing state-of-the-art tools and documents to assist Government Departments and Agencies in improving their planning execution and monitoring process.

Some of the Projects activities in this sector are undertaken in partnership with the National Remote Sensing Centre, Indian Space Research Organization of the Government of India, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, Different line Departments of the State Government and other State and National Organizations.


To generate spatial database (map) on Land and Water Resources from multi-season satellite images and integration of non-spatial data in conjunction with the socio-economic data in GIS platform to satisfy the growing needs of the various Departments of the State.

To provide consultancy and Advisory services on RS, GIS & GPS to other state Govt. Departments/Organizations.

To participate and carry out collaborative ventures of National interest launched by State/Central Government.

Conducts training programmes, Workshop/Seminar in the application field of Geoinformatics.

Major Application Fields

Map/database on Land resources.

Map/database on Surface & Ground Water resources

Disaster Management - Disseminating Near Real Time information of flood to State administrations based radar data from NRSC, DOS.

Map/database for Environmental Planning

Map/database for Urban planning

Map/database for Rural planning

Drought Mitigation Programme - Field level implementation in drought prone districts

Map Sales Activity

Remote Sensing & GIS Cell also provide expertise and services to user/ line departments of Government of West Bengal. In many cases, customized spatial database are generated for line/user departments when request programmes/ projects are demanded. It is normally worked out in the form of short term project where 100 per cent funding is made by the partner institutes/organizations.

However, this office also provides spatial database in the form of hard copy/maps in different compositions, scales, paper sizes and themes. The spatial themes include natural resources, administrative boundaries with road and railway network.

06. Intellectual Property Rights Facilitation

The Patent Information Centre of WB State Council of Science & Technology (under this Department) facilitates awareness building and protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) through the following broad activities :

To create awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and especially on Patents in the neighbourhood region of this Centre.

Enable Patent Searches for the Universities, Research Institutes, and Government Departments and Industry houses.

Searching for Novelty and Guiding inventors in filing patent their invention.

Protecting Traditional resources of State through G.I. registration.

Mentoring Technology start up in handling Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights issues.

To analyse the patent information (novelty) on a regular basis and suggest new ideas for new Research & Development based on such information to prevent repetition and provide road map for Government Financial support for Novel research projects.

07. Geographical Indication

Geographical Indication (G.I) protects State bio-resources and other traditional knowledge of the State to uplift the socioeconomic structure of farmer, artisans and weaver society of the State to fetch the premier value of the product for building up international market and further research.It is an indication, which is used to identify any agricultural, natural or manufactured goods originating in the specific areas with special quality or characteristics specific or unique to the particular geographical region.

Examples: Darjeeling Tea, Joynagar Moa, Santipore Saree, Malda Fazli mango etc.

Following G.Is of the State was facilitated for registration by Patent Information Centre


Name of the Items


Appl. no.


1 Bengal Dokra Bankura, Bardhaman


Registered on 28.03.2018
2 Bengal Patachitra Paschim Mednipur


Registered  on 28.03.2018
3 Purulia Chhau Mask Purulia


Registered  on 28.03.2018
4 Wooden Mask of Kushmandi Dakshin Dinajpur


Registered  on 28.03.2018
5 Madurkathi Paschim Mednipur,


Registered  on 28.03.2018
6 Santipur Saree Nadia


Registered on 04.09.2009
7 Dhaniakhali Saree Hoogly


Registered on 06.01.2012
8 BaluchariSaree Bankura


Registered on 06.01.2012
9 Khirsapati (Himsagar) Mango Malda


Registered on 09.09.2008
Renewed on30.09.2017
10 Fazli Mango Malda


Registered on 09.09.2008
Renewed on30.09.2017
11 Laxman Bhog Mango Malda


Registered on 09.09.2008
Renewed on 30.09.2017
12 Tulaipanji Rice     Uttar Dinajpur  and DakshinDinajpur


Registered on 24.10.17
13 Gobindabhog Rice Bardhaman, Bankura, Birbhum, Nadia, Howrah, Hoogly, Murshidabad, North 24 Parganas


Registered on 24.10.17
14 Joynagar Moa South 24 parganas


Registered on 23.03.2015
15 Bardhaman Sitabhog Bardhaman


Registered on 31.03.2017
16 Bardhaman Mihidana Bardhaman


Registered on 31.03.2017
17 Banglar Rasogolla All Bengal except  Siliguri, Jalpaiguri


Registered on 14.11.2017
08. Science & Technology Congress

In order to encourage and provide a forum for scientific research especially for the young scientists and synergize new ideas with societal needs this Department organizes West Bengal State Science and Technology Congress every year jointly with different universities of the State with the fund support from this Department, since year 1994. From 2016-17, this Department is organizing the State Science & Technology Congress independently.

Three satellite Regional Science & Technology Congresses are being organized jointly with different Institutes of the State with the fund support from this Department in the months of November and December, since 2016-17. Up to five papers are selected as ‘Outstanding Paper’ in Regional Congresses in each discipline. These awardees are then invited to participate in the State Science and Technology Congresses for presenting the selected paper. Up to three Outstanding Papers Awards in each discipline is given during the State Science Congress. Both the awards contain a Certificate, Memento and a cash prize.

Every year this event witnesses the confluence of some of the best budding scientists as well as Eminent Scientists, Researchers and Professors of the State and at times, of India too. The ambit of the Congress also caters and encourages the inquisitive minds of the Children’s of the State. The Children are encouraged for their contribution and achievements through a Session dedicated for the Children - the Children’s Science Session.

State level Children Science Congress :

Every year Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India organises National Children Science Congress where child representatives from all the state participates with their innovative ideas on science. Through this programme talented students are identified through Dist. level and State level Science Congresses (jointly funded by NCSTC, DST, Govt. of India and DSTBT, Govt. of West Bengal) held in West Bengal and are sent for participation at the National level every year. These students initially take up projects on any science discipline as per their interest and do a survey work, collect data, analyse those data before finally portraying their findings on posters for presentation at the completion.

09. Mapping S&T Need and Technology Application for Community

The Council has recently set up a SC ST Cell to provide livelihood based holistic technology support to the SC ST and Backward communities of the State.

Survey based mapping of the livelihood assets, resources, traditional knowledge, skills available with the marginalized community would be done for assessment and planning to introduce necessary Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) interventions to overcome the gap and bring the community to a higher value chain.

This center would also build up a network with different organizations (creating an ecosystem of concerned stakeholders) to facilitate community level technology deployment (pilot mode), S&T know-how, training, capacity building and strengthen the weak links for development of livelihood in a sustainable manner.

Broad objective of this scheme are:

o To act as Coordination Cell to promote adaptation of appropriate and relevant technologies for socioeconomic development of target population
o To assess the Livelihood System for sustainable livelihood planning through science, know-how, and practices
o To capture traditional & indigenous knowledge and upgrade the skills, building on local innovation & local knowledge systems
o Establishment of a database of promising technologies that can be taken up for widespread adaptation
o Promotion, replication and scaling up of successful technologies leading to socio economic empowerment and capacity building
o Development of programs and projects for strengthening human capacities, Institutional capacities and technology deployment
10. Research Grant Award Support

This scheme is to promote Scientific Research and Development work towards fulfillment of socio-economic objectives of the Government and improvement of the quality of life of people. There are two Research Grant Awards in the name of i) Rabindranath Tagore Award (for Science Education) and ii) Swami Vivekananda Award (for Generating Scientific Temperament & Social Welfare).

Project proposal under this scheme will be considered for value-addition of a product or process re-engineering which has a reference to a predefined seminal work done under Government/Private sponsorship, leading to a defined application based on proven technologies. Only extension based on proven technologies to be considered for support under the 13 broad subject areas on which the Department funds R&D projects. Each Research Grant Award provides financial support of Rs. 5 lakhs per annum summing to Rs. 15 lakhs for three years.

11. Research Fellowship Support

This scheme is to provide better scope for research on subjects relevant to this state. There are five research fellowship awards (scholarship) given by the WB State Council of Science & Technology (under this Department) in the name of five pioneer scientists from Bengal -

Jagadish Chandra Bose Fellowship for Life Science or Telecommunication

Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Fellowship for Chemical Science

Meghnad Saha Fellowship for River Science Research

Satyendra Nath Bose Fellowship for Theoretical Physics

Upendra Nath Bramhachari Fellowship in Health Science

Target people for RFA are students who have completed their post graduate degree and trying to pursue Ph.D. degree at the same time. Each fellowship provides financial support for maximum 5 years. Remuneration for every student in each category is as per the current scheme of Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship of Dept. of Science and Technology and Biotechnology, Govt. of West Bengal.

12. State Awards

Different State Awards are presented to the selected awardees for outstanding achievements in different fields of Science for encouragement and recognition. Four such awards are given after the name of eminent scientists of Bengal -

Satyendra Puraskar :

Awarded every year to an individual who is adjudged the best popular Science Writer in Bengali for the year. (Publication made within the last 5 years). The prize consists of cash amount of Rs. 50,000/- along with a silver plaque and a certificate of honour.

Meghnad Puraskar :

Awarded every year to a Voluntary Organization which is located and working in this State and which is adjudged the best Voluntary Organization of the year for the performance of science popularization activities. The prize consists of cash amount of Rs. 50,000/- along with a silver plaque and a certificate of honour.

Gopal Chandra Bhattacharyya Smriti Puraskar :

Awarded annually to a person as a token recognition of his/her notable contribution in the field of science popularization and performance in disseminating science from the libraries and laboratories to the common people of West Bengal for the last 20 years. The prize consists of cash amount of Rs. 50,000/- along with a silver plaque and a certificate of honour.

State Innovation Award :

One of the State Awards of this Department, namely, State Innovation Award (SIA) was introduced in the year 2006 to encourage, recognize, honour & reward grass root technological innovations developed by the unorganized sector of the state. SIA is given to three grass root innovators and one outstanding scout during the subsequent State Science & Technology Congress. The best innovator is given a cash award of Rs. 21,000/-, the second best innovator is given a cash award of Rs. 11,000/-, the third best innovator is given a cash award of Rs. 5,000/- and the outstanding scout is given a cash award of Rs. 5,000/- only. All the four awardees are also given a certificate of honour and a plaque.


Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) is a premiere institute of non-formal science education in Eastern and North-Eastern India. JBNSTS was conceptualised in 1958 by visionaries like Dr. B C Roy, Sir Jehangir Ghandy and other eminent scientists to commemorate the Birth Centenary Celebration of Acharya J C Bose. JBNSTS is an autonomous registered society under West Bengal Societies’ Registration Act and is promoted by the Government of West Bengal.

JBNSTS is the Nation’s first science talent search organisation and is very unique of its kind. The Talent Search Program is one of the first endeavours and flagship program of JBNSTS. This is the oldest science talent search program of our Nation. The talented students are identified through a three step examination process and further, these selected scholars are rigorously nurtured through different research projects, various mentorship programs with outstanding scientists and educators, open ended thematic workshops, visits to different research institutions and laboratories of National and International repute, enrichment programs through academic apprenticeship, presentations at seminars etc. It envisages creating a talent pool of meritorious students who would make a significant contribution towards the development of the Nation in the field of science & technology. The scholarship program is an acclaimed initiative to motivate the young students who are on the threshold of pursuing higher education in Science. This dynamic initiative has received enormous recognition from all over India since the year 1960. The program has been formulated to recognise, encourage and nourish the undergraduate students studying, Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in the recognised institutions of West Bengal. DST, Govt. of India has also recognized the talent search test by awarding INSPIRE scholarship to the basic science scholars of JBNSTS.

Among many activities of JBNSTS the Department of Science and Technology and Bio-Technology, GoWB is funding some of its most prestigious schemes , namely, Junior Talent Search Test, Senior Talent Search Test, Senior Bigyani Kanya Medha Britti, Talent Enrichment Programme, Teachers Training Programe and very recently approved Junior Bigyani Kanya Medha Britti Programme to support and motivate the meritorious students of the State.

14. Biotechnology ABCD (Adopt Biotechnology for Community Development)

The Department conducts a “Biotech-based Programmes for Societal Development” which is being implemented throughout the State to benefit SC, ST, OBC, Women and Rural people. Through this scheme skill development, training & demonstration are being conducted in various income and employment generating activities and proven and field-tested technologies are demonstrated to help the target populace in their skill development, self-employment and income generation etc. In general, no major research and development work is included in ABCD Programme, rather already established protocols and simple models are taken from lab to land by disseminating the knowledge on different biotechnological interventions to village people, farmers, women communities, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts etc. However, introduction of new technologies with justification are encouraged.

Thrust Areas:

Bio-fertilizer & Bio-pesticides


Plant tissue culture

Animal-feed production

Pisciculture & fish feed

Processed food and beverages

Mushroom cultivation

Waste management

Human health and diseases etc.

In addition, a major aim of this scheme is to encourage eco-friendly farming through organic fertilizer (e.g. vermicomposting, compost), bio-fertilizer and bio-pesticides replacing the toxic and unsafe chemicals to minimize the health hazards.
15. Biotechnology BOOST (Biotechnology based Opportunities Offered to Science & Technology Departments)

Understanding the financial constraints of most of the Colleges and Universities in the State for providing necessary equipment based support to the students and the need for improvement of such research-based facility as well as technical training in Colleges and Universities, for producing quality workforce in Biotechnology, the Department has initiated support mechanisms for improvement of infrastructure in Universities, Post Graduate, Under Graduate Colleges in West Bengal as an integral part of promotion of biotechnology entitled ‘Biotechnology based Opportunities Offered to Science & Technology Departments’ or BOOST Programme. The scheme facilitates procurement of high end equipment for modern Biotechnology based research to be conducted in Colleges and Universities.

Nature of Support : The Scheme provide funds for development of infrastructure for teaching and research in terms of acquisition of essential equipment & consumables, networking & computational facilities as also up-gradation of existing instrumentation facilities involved in UG/PG teaching and research along with library facilities. The facilities will support efforts of the Department as a whole and individual R&D support would not be considered under this Scheme.

Duration : The duration of support for each project will be for a maximum of 3 years. Fund for equipment and other items (except consumables) is released in the 1st year and all the equipments must be procured in the 1st year. On successful completion of the process for purchase of equipment and submission of Utilisation Certificate along with audited Statement of Expenditure, sanctioned fund for consumables are released in the 2nd or 3rd year.

Beneficiary : Apart from the applicant department(s), students from other institutes/ departments may also avail the facility for their study or research purposes.

Type of support : The supports are offered at three levels:

BOOST – I (Colleges with UG courses – for augmenting UG teaching only)

BOOST – II (Colleges with UG & PG courses - for augmenting teaching & research)

BOOST - III (Universities - for augmenting teaching & research and for establishing a Center of Excellence in Biotechnology)

16. Training Programmes

Human Resources Development Course in Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics:

The main aim of the training programmes towards supporting human resources development for the growing field of Geoinformatics. For that purpose structured training courses on subject matter are being organized. This Cell has established itself as an important Centre of Learning Geoinformatics in Eastern India. The candidates successfully completing the courses are significantly contributing towards the field in various capacities like faculties, research scholars and professionals in Governmental as well as Private Organizations. In-service trainees are successfully utilizing Geoinformatics in their respective Departments/ Organizations.

The courses offered under this programme are :

8 Week Certificate Course in Remote Sensing & GIS

Objective: Hands-on training on the subject.

Target Group: Faculties of Universities/Colleges, officials of the line departments/organization of the Government.

2 Week Short Term Course in Remote Sensing & GIS

Objective: To give an overview of the subject and demonstrate application potentials of Remote Sensing and GIS technologies

Target Group: Faculties of Universities/ Colleges, officials of the line departments/organization of the State Government.

1 Week Short Term Course, Advanced Level

Objective: Disseminate knowledge of Advanced Geoinformatics and their potential applications to experts of various domains for widespread use of this technology in their fields of specialization for societal benefit.

Target Group: Faculties of Universities/ Colleges, officials of the line departments/ organization of the State Government with basic knowledge of RS & GIS.

1 Year PG Diploma in Geoinformatics (affiliated to MAKAUT, WB)

Target Group: This course is meant for fresh Postgraduates.

In-order to meet the huge demand of the above mentioned courses a new State-of-the-art laboratory has been set up to accommodate more number of participants in each course.

2 Years M.Tech. in Geoinformatics (affiliated to MAKAUT, WB)

Target Group: This course is meant for fresh Postgraduates.

In-order to meet the huge demand of the above mentioned courses a new State-of-the-art laboratory has been set up to accommodate more number of participants in each course.

Human Resources Development Course in Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Business Management

With the objective of helping startups and professional in IP portfolio creation and maintenance and create roadmap for innovators and IP professional the following courses are being offered by the Patent Information Centre, WB State Council of Science & Technology (under this Department) in collaboration with Maulana Abul Kalam University of Technology, WB (MAKAUT)

3 months Certificate Course

6 months Advance Certificate Course

1 Year Post Graduate Diploma Course

The course is especially aimed at young entrepreneurs who want to build a career in this field or are planning for a startup.

17. Plant Tissue Culture and Greenhouse Unit

Micropropagation or Plant Tissue Culture (PTC) has emerged as an important biotechnology tool to multiply elite varieties of high quality, disease free and high yielding plants rapidly in the laboratory irrespective of the season of the year. The technology has been commercialized globally over the last four decades. Micro propagation is presently most successful and widely commercialized technique of Plant Biotechnology. Prominent advantages of tissue culture propagation over conventional plant propagation method include vigorous growth, disease free, plant uniformity, rapid multiplication and round the year production.

Presently, the existing PTC laboratory is shifted to Kolkata Biotech Park with a widened vision and greater scope of work. A Greenhouse facility also exists at Banabitan (Central Park), Salt Lake which is comprised of 3 greenhouses units covering total area of 15000 sqft. A large number of plants (orchids, bamboos, Aloe vera, banana, Adenium, some tree species, medicinal plants and ornamental plants) are being maintained in the greenhouse.

The main objectives of this unit include:

1. Conservation of Biodiversity – propagation of Rare, Endangered &Threatened plants

2. Mass propagation of selective Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP), horticultural and other economically important plants.

3. In house R & D.

4. Production of mother/stock cultures of some selective plant species

5. Hands-on-training for the students, entrepreneurs, farmers and enthusiasts

18. Kolkata Biotech Park

Kolkata Biotech Park is a nine storied building, situated at EN-24, Sector-V, Salt Lake, Kolkata - 91 in the name and style of Kolkata Biotech Park maintained by West Bengal Biotech Development Corporation Ltd. (WBBDCL). This is a bio-incubation facility which was established to provide an impetus to the growth of biotechnology industry in the State by promoting entrepreneurship in biotech sector. The Biotech Park has a Common Instrumentation Facility with sophisticated instruments like Genome Sequencer, DNA Sequencer, Fast Protein Liquid Chromatograph, PCR, Gel Documentation System, Deep freezer (-80°C) etc.