India’s Department of Biotechnology, Wellcome Trust of UK complete 10 year of partnership

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology and the Wellcome Trust (WT) of the United Kingdom on November 12, 2018. Celebrated 10 years of their joint partnership at an event in New Delhi. The DBT and Wellcome Trust jointly support a three-tier fellowship programme on biomedical research at the post-doctoral level.

The partnership was announced in 2008. The aim of setting up the fellowship jointly with Wellcome Trust was to create a system comparable to the best in the world, taking India on the path of becoming a leader in key areas of life sciences and biomedical research. The partnership in its next phase will look to set up mechanisms to strengthen veterinary research, develop mechanisms to engage with Universities around the country to equip researchers to apply and receive competitive funding for their research.

Research projects can be based in the laboratory, the clinic or the field and may involve experimental, theoretical approaches as well as transnational approaches. In the past 10 years, the alliance has awarded 320 fellowships to researchers in 93 institutions across 34 Indian cities. More than 900 PhDs, postdoctoral scientists, undergraduates, and research technicians have been trained in the laboratories of India Alliance Fellows. Nearly 2500 researchers were trained in Science Communication workshops.

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