Cabinet approves five year’s extension of Biomedical Research Career Programme

  1. The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the Biomedical Research Career Programme (BRCP), and Wellcome Trust (WT) / DBT India Alliance. The extension is beyond the initial term (2008-09 to 2018-29) and will have a new five year phase (2019-20 to 2023-24).
  2. BRCP seeks to build and nurture talent of highest global standards in cutting-edge biomedical research in India. It is implemented by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Wellcome Trust. Wellcome Trust is a UK based biomedical research charity.
  3. Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance is an initiative funded equally by the Wellcome Trust, UK and Department of Biotechnology, India. The aim of the initiative is to build excellence in the Indian biomedical scientific community through funding and engagement. In the new five year phase, the DBT has increased its financial commitment by two times in comparison to Wellcome trust.
  4. The Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology was formed in 1986. It works towards the development of the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India.