Consortium India Limited, New Delhi, was set up in the year 1990 with the
objective of providing linkages between the R & D and industry to facilitate
the commercialization of biotechnology products and processes. BCIL has
been engaged in technology development, technology transfer, project consultancy,
fund syndication, information dissemination, manpower development, placement
and training related to biotechnology. It has assisted several clients
including scientists, technologists, research institutions, universities,
first generation entrepreneurs, the corporate sector, government, banks
and financial institutions.
The Distributed Information Sub-Centre (DSIC) at BCIL, New Delhi, was established in the year 1992 as one of the centres under the BTIS programme. The centre since its inception has been involved in the activities that would facilitate commercialization of biotechnology and dissemination of information in the related areas through computer networks. In 1995, the centre moved into its new premises at a commercial location so as to have a closer interaction with the industry. The sub-centre is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art facilities in terms of hardware, software, networks, etc. To disseminate the information to a wider circle at the national and international level BCIL has created its own website. The website address is www.biotech.co.in.
short and active span of 6 years since its inception DSIC-BCIL has brought
out many publications and databases in the form of directories and status
reports on various issues related to biotechnology. These include
(1) Biotechnology Companies, R&D institutions, universities, (2) Resource persons, (3) Biotechnologies, (4) Environment Management Companies,
(5) Equipment and Instrument Companies, and (6) Agri-Biotech Companies. The status reports include the Commercialization of Biotechnologies for Agriculture and Aquaculture, Tissue Culture, Floriculture, Strategy for Development, Biopesticides, Medical Opportunities and Diagnostics. Regular updates are brought out in the form of newsletters. These include Biotech Update which was later renamed as VATIS UPDATE Biotechnology, published jointly with APCTT supported by DBT. To keep the clients up to date on national happenings, a Biotech Bulletin is brought out bimonthly.
The DSIC-BCIL has been instrumental in organizing a number of national and international conferences, seminars and workshops for the benefit of industry. To facilitate bringing in technologies from outside the country, interface meetings with delegations from developed countries are also being undertaken. DSIC also started a biotechnology Club to bring closer interaction among the institutions. The centre also provides full text patent service to the clients, with some value addition.
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