सामाजिक विकास हेतु जैव प्रौद्योगिकी कार्यक्रम

Name of the Scheme/ division:

Biotechnology Based Programmes for Societal Development (Rural Development, SC/ST Population and Women programme)

Introduction/ Genesis of the Programme:

Biotechnology based programme for societal development was initiated in 1990 to benefit the vulnerable section of the society particularly the farmers, women and SC/ST population. The emphasis was on diffusion of proven and field tested interventions with an approach to reach the unreached through various means like field demonstrations, trainings, education campaigns etc. These programmes were undertaken with the funding mechanism of department. The programme aims to promote dissemination of biotech interventions in agriculture and allied sector including animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries, integrated farming system, health & nutrition, environment & biodiversity conservation, product / process development and value addition etc. for the benefit of the underprivileged section of the society.

Aim/ Objectives of the Programme:

Aim: Socioeconomic upliftment of the underprivileged section of the society.


  1. To promote the use of biotechnological processes and tools for the benefit of under privileged section of the society comprising of women, rural, SC/ST population and weaker section.
  2. To develop programs on agriculture and allied areas; health, hygiene and nutrition; biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization of resources for societal benefit.
  3. To create a platform for livelihood, self-employment generation and entrepreneurial activities among the target population by diffusion of proven and field-tested technologies through demonstration, training and extension activities.
  4. Science outreach & public engagement.

Outcome of Last 5 Years:

  • No. of Publications:
    About 20 publications including leaflets, pamphlets etc.
  • No. of Patents filed/ granted:
  • No. of Technologies developed/ licensed/commercialized/ start-up created:
  • No. of Manpower trained:
    About 120 manpower (JRF/SRF) were trained
  • Any major facilities supported/ created:
  • Any other relevant information which needs to be highlighted (if any):

Call for proposals for current FY or New programme Launched (if any):

Programme in Aspirational District:

Govt. of India has identified 117 districts as Aspirational districts for overall transformation of the districts using a mass movement approach focusing on health & nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion & skill development, basic infrastructure including access to road for potable water, rural electrification and individual household toilets. Keeping in view of the Aspirational districts programme, department had invited proposals from the institutes/universities and 19 proposals were received. Out of 19 proposals, 9 proposals have been recommended for implementation to address some of the pertinent issues related to health and nutrition, agriculture & allied areas using biotechnological tools, techniques and processes for bringing these Aspirational districts in the mainstream. These 9 recommended proposals are being processed for final approval to release the grant for implementation of the programme.

Concerned Officer for more information

Programme Head Dr. Meenakshi Munshi Scientist ‘G’
Address Department of Biotechnology,
7th Floor, Room No. 723, Block - 2, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
Email meenakshi29[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in
Phone No. 011-24361035
Programme Officer Dr. Shahaj Uddin Ahmed Ph.D Scientist 'E’
Address Department of Biotechnology,
7th Floor, Room No. 723, Block - 2, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
Email shahaj[dot]ahmed[at]nic[dot]in
Phone No. 011-24364065