|City||Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, India|
|Phone||+91- 471-2341716 | 2347975 | 2348104 | 2348753 | 2345899|
|Fax||+ 91- 471-2348096|
The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) is a growing phenomenon. Located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, RGCB began in 1990 amongst humble surroundings as a small charitable society called the Centre for Development of Education, Science and Technology (C-DEST). In 1991, recognizing its potential, the C-DEST was made a “Grant-in-Aid” institute of the Government of Kerala and renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Development of Education, Science and Technology (RGC-DEST), becoming the first institute in the country to be named after Sri Rajiv Gandhi, the young illustrious and visionary former Prime Minster of India. On April 18, 1994 the Government of Kerala took the landmark decision to restructure the institute into a comprehensive
biotechnology center and thus was created the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. The institute was then managed by the Government of Kerala’s Committee for Science and Technology and Environment (STEC) and subsequently by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment. The foundation stone for the new building was laid on November 18, 1995 by the then Prime Minister of India, Sri. Narasimha Rao. Exactly seven years later, on November 18, 2002 the then President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam dedicated the comprehensive center to the nation. Under the guidance of the founding director, Dr M. Ramachandra Das and his successor Dr R.V. Thampan, RGCB rapidly grew in stature, infrastructure and research output. It had now also become apparent that the resources available to RGCB from the state government could not match the strides of progress the institute was making. Kerala’s political leadership displayed its maturity and vision, with three successive Chief Ministers, Mr. E.K. Nayanar, Mr. A.K Antony and Mr. Oommen Chandy persisting with the Union government to develop RGCB into a national centre. By now the institute had also attained national and international recognition with leading discoveries and findings in medical and plant biotechnology.
On February 28, 2006 while presenting the Union Budget to Parliament, The Honorable Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram announced “If agriculture is an ancient Indian skill, biotechnology is the new frontier that India will conquer. In order to foster research and development in biotechnology, the Ministry of Science and Technology has decided to accord the status of an autonomous National Institute to the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala”
To be an international hub of biotechnology, providing the right combination of research & development with the dedication, transparency and creativity of a truly academic research center combined with the power of innovation, IPR driven
programs and business transformation to deliver discovery for India. This will be accompanied by another highly profitable and critical spin off – highly trained manpower .
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology
Thycaud PO, Poojappura
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 014
Phone : +91- 471-2341716 | 2347975 | 2348104 | 2348753 | 2345899
Fax : + 91- 471-2348096
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Poojappura offers various graduate courses as well as Post Graduate courses.
List of facilities available at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Poojappura for students.
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Poojappura