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Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), an institution of education, training and research is established by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India under the auspices of UNESCO. The Centre will focus on cooperatively working towards shared biotechnology growth in the Asia-Pacific Region. Regional interactions in biotechnology will promote co-operation amongst the countries to develop necessary infrastructure and capacity building for economic benefit of our societies. The Centre would be beneficial in developing knowledge rich, highly skilled human resource to all countries in the region. RCB will be part of the Biotech Science Cluster (BSC) and will operate in synergy with the other institutions in the Cluster.

Genesis

The Government of India and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) signed an agreement in New Delhi on 14 July 2006 for the establishment of a Regional Centre for Biotechnology, an institution of education, training and research with a strong focus on capacity building. The Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) was established by the Government of India through the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology under the auspices of UNESCO as a category-II institution. The mandate of RCB is to conduct research and impart education and training in the field of biotechnology.

The Centre began functioning at its interim laboratories and offices in Gurgaon, Haryana in early 2010, with Dr. Dinakar M Salunke serving as the founding Executive Director from 2010 to October 2015. RCB moved to its sprawling new campus within the NCR Biotech Science Cluster in the National Capital Region at Faridabad, Haryana, where it has been fully functional since. The research, education and training activities of RCB are poised to expand significantly and build on the strong foundations already laid.

Prof. Subrata Sinha, Director of National Brain Research Centre served as Executive Director (officiating) of RCB from November 2015 to early October 2016.

Prof. Sudhanshu Vrati is the Current Executive Director since October 2016.

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