Department of Science & Technology
and Biotechnology, Government of West Bengal

Our Schemes


01. Science Promotion through Research & Development
The Department of Science and Technology & Biotechnology (DSTBT), Government of West Bengal (GOWB), has a scheme on "Research and Development Programmes" named as Gobeshonay Bangla which is being implemented throughout the State of West Bengal for promotion of scientific research and introduction of technology in areas appropriate for fulfilment of socio-economic objectives of the Government and improvement of the quality of life of its people. This Department prefers collaborative inter-disciplinary projects involving different departments of the same Institute or other Institutes with a predefined translational outcome with commercialization scope. Priority shall be given to take forward work which has reference to a seminal work and may lead to defined applications. Proposals should be based on innovative ideas. Major programmes of extension based on proven technologies may are also be considered for support, in case a value-addition or process reengineering is proposed. Priority shall be given to short duration proposals with minimal resources towards purchase of equipment and hiring of personnel.

Nature of projects supported under the scheme :

i) Research & Technology development: Financial assistance for S&T related R&D programmes in emerging & challenging areas of science, technology& engineering and for development oriented location specific research and technology development that will help in micro planning and area development in the State.

ii) Joint/ Collaborative Programme with Other Organisations: To develop and support specific collaborative programmes focusing on multidisciplinary area based approach to rural/regional development in co-operation with multiple central and state institutions, universities, etc. These areas where scientific intervention can significantly improve the socio-economic conditions must be identified.

List of broad category of subject areas under the scheme:
1. Agriculture
2. Animal and Fishery Sciences
3. Biological Sciences
4. Biotechnology including Rural Biotechnology
5. Environment, Ecology (including Medicinal Plants) and Climate Change
6. Physical Sciences
7. Mathematics
8. Chemical Sciences
9. Engineering and Technology
10. Medical Sciences including Public Health
11. Energy and Allied Sciences
12. Earth Sciences including Geoinformatics
13.Water Resources including Conservation
02. Technology Development and Adaptation Centre (TDAC)

Technological innovation is the bedrock of a nation and the State’s economic and social progress. West Bengal is making rapid progress in technology innovation owing to its strong network of academic and research institutions and to provide leadership in all aspect of Science and Technology.

Technology Development and Adaptation, set-up on 5th October 2020 at the Vigyan Chetna Bhawan, Salt Lake, will facilitate to develop the technology in nascent stage in a bottom up approach and also will catalyze and support translational research to technology transfer. This endeavor will guide the inventor/academician in developing their relevant and appropriate technologies with a strong support of Intellectual Property Rights protection mechanism.

Role of Patent Information Centre in setting up of TDAC:
The Department of Science and Technology and Biotechnology, Government of West Bengal and the Indian Institute of Management run Entrepreneur & Innovation Park at Kolkata have mutually agreed to set up a ‘Technology Development and Adaptation Centre (TDAC)’ through the West Bengal Science & Technology Council with the objective of building and nurturing an ecosystem to support S&T led entrepreneurship, promoting Scientific research and innovation where Patent Information Centre has taken key role in nurturing innovations in the State. Patent Information Centre will facilitate in patentability assessment and IPR filing and mentoring facilities for Technology Development by finding out available solution of the technology to cater the need of Technology Start-ups and Translational research of the state.

Objectives of the Centre:
The objectives of TDAC are to build and nurture an ecosystem to support S&T led entrepreneurship, promoting scientific research and innovation, mentoring product development, and supporting the promising S&T solutions/ research of the State to enable creation of sustainable venture businesses and facilitate commercialization of research output to create the social impact and success stories. TDAC will engage in development and adaption of technologies in nascent stage in a bottom up approach which will address need-based, location specific problems with appropriate S&T intervention for economically viable, ecologically sustainable and socially acceptable development. Thus the centre will facilitate in
  • Mentoring product development, motivating the youth to take up S&T entrepreneurship.
  • Supporting job creation and employment.
  • Facilitate the promising S&T solutions/Research in the state to enable sustainable ventures, businesses, and facilitate commercialization of research output. TDAC will develop technologies in nascent stage in a bottom up approach which will address need-based, location specific problems with appropriate S&T intervention for economically viable, ecologically sustainable and socially acceptable development.

Activities:
  • As a first steps in this direction Orientation programmes are being organised for the PI and Co PI of Research Projects funded by Department of Science and Technology and Biotechnology, GoWB.
  • Technology hunt Programme to provide the opportunity to pitch the idea of the outcome of the research and development projects funded by DSTBT, GoWB. In this programme the Technology start-ups, grass root innovators get the opportunity to pitch their idea. The Technology Hunt 2021 was organized by TDAC, WBSCST.
  • A total of 20 projects (15 Research and Development projects and 5 grass root innovations) were selected from the applied 35 technologies in Technology hunt Programme were shortlisted after an intensive search and evaluation process by engaging eminent scientists. Nine projects were selected based on the novelty of idea and research, leadership, team capability, Innovation, Market Opportunity, Ease of Implementation and Social and State Impact.

Future Road map:
The centre has started its initial work as per following road map. The Centre is aimed at nurturing and building an entrepreneurship environment in changing the mindset from one of job seeking to that of job creation and will facilitate
  1. To develop the prototype create facilities for market ready product development in a hub and spoke model with Universities and Industries.
  2. To provide pre-incubation and post-incubation services to incubates apart from handholding, mentoring and training during incubation.
  3. To Identify and support promising S&T solutions from the state and enable creation of sustainable ventures businesses.
  4. To facilitate commercialization of research output that has the potential to create large scale social impact.
  5. To carry out IPR management for incubates and technology start-ups.
  6. To establish a vibrant interface between university and academia on one hand and the farmers, rural artisans, citizens and MSME sector on the other.
  7. To create avenues for creative and talented young minds to channelize their energy into productive activities.
  8. To promote entrepreneurship and creation of value and wealth for society.
  9. To attract investments in the emerging technology sector.
  10. To stop brain drain by creating job opportunities.
  11. To build and nurturing ecosystem that supports S&T led entrepreneurship.
  12. To motivate youth to take up S&T entrepreneurship (“Job Seeker” to “Job Giver”).
  13. To create success stories which can be Role Models for researchers, innovators and enterprising youth.

03. Seminar Symposium Conference

Now-a-days, whatever may be the field, everything is getting advanced very frequently. Lots of researches and studies are carried out on various subjects around the world information on which mostly remain inaccessible to the common people in different corners of the State. This is where the Seminar, Symposium, Conference etc. are of great importance where Eminent Personalities, Scientists, Technologists etc. who have achieved some feat in Science and Technology (S&T) may interact with the students about the present and ongoing advancements in the fields of S&T. This Department gives financial assistance (Grantin-Aid) to conduct different S&T related International and National Seminars, Symposiums, Conference etc. to create Scientific temper and awareness on the benefit of the advancement of S&T amongst the University and College Students, Research Scholars, Faculties and Community at large through Colleges, Universities, Research Institutes, ITI, Polytechnic, NGO, Trust etc. throughout the state.

04. Science Camp Programmes

Department of Science & Technology and Biotechnology (DSTBT), Government of West Bengal has a Scheme for financial support for Science Camp Programmes, implemented by West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology, in all the relevant fields of Science and Technology and Biotechnology for creating an impact among the students and teachers in West Bengal that may be organized by Government/ Aided/ Private Schools, Colleges, Universities, Institutes, Registered Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Trusts, etc. Under this scheme the following three types of Science Camp programmes are supported:

i) District level Residential Science Education Camps for school students (class IX - XII):

The scheme aims to inspire talented young students and motivate them to pursue careers in NATURAL SCIENCE STREAMS by providing an opportunity for hands-on experiments and interactions with experienced teachers/ professors. These camps may also serve as an ideal platform to get an exciting global viewpoint of questions relating to basic sciences when in the modern scientific world the boundaries between the disciplines are disappearing fast due to multidimensional progress. This is a three days - two nights residential programme focussing on hands–on experiments in different science subjects as per school syllabus. Total numbers of participants are fixed to 100 from twenty different schools located in different blocks in each district. No. of students from each school is four from Class IX, XII, accompanying with one science teacher. This type of programme supports demonstration of hands on experiments on science, Vedic Mathematics, Scientific film screening, lectures on recent scientific developments by eminent scientists, promotion of amateur astronomy through night sky watch etc. which creates and promotes scientific temper among school students.

ii) Block/ Municipal level Non Residential Science Camp with hands-on experiments for school students (class VII - XII):

The aim of this Science Camp is to provide a platform for hands –on experiments and interactions between young students with experienced teachers/ professors in various branches of science and mathematics. Hence Science and Technology base of the students in this State are thereby strengthened as per the National level. Through this programme, students can attend the camp in usual school hour without staying at camp location.

iii) Camp-cum Tour programme for school students (class VI - X):

These types of camps are encouraged to be organised for activities during the vacation period. Through this the students could get the opportunity to visit scientifically important places, to do experiments and make interesting science projects on their own on different subjects like Physics Chemistry, Mathematics, Life Science, Robotics, Basic Astronomy and Geography and other subjects.

05. Intellectual Property Rights Facilitation

The Patent Information Centre of WB State Council of Science & Technology (under this Department) facilitates awareness building and protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) through the following broad activities :

To create awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and especially on Patents in the neighbourhood region of this Centre.

Enable Patent Searches for the Universities, Research Institutes, and Government Departments and Industry houses.

Searching for Novelty and Guiding inventors in filing patent their invention.

Protecting Traditional resources of State through G.I. registration.

Mentoring Technology start up in handling Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights issues.

To analyse the patent information (novelty) on a regular basis and suggest new ideas for new Research & Development based on such information to prevent repetition and provide road map for Government Financial support for Novel research projects.

06. Geographical Indication

Geographical Indication (G.I) protects State bio-resources and other traditional knowledge of the State to uplift the socioeconomic structure of farmer, artisans and weaver society of the State to fetch the premier value of the product for building up international market and further research.It is an indication, which is used to identify any agricultural, natural or manufactured goods originating in the specific areas with special quality or characteristics specific or unique to the particular geographical region.

Examples: Darjeeling Tea, Joynagar Moa, Santipore Saree, Malda Fazli mango etc.

Following G.Is of the State was facilitated for registration by Patent Information Centre

Sl.

Name of the Items

District

Appl. no.

Status

  HANDICRAFT
1 Bengal Dokra Bankura, Bardhaman 563 Registered on 28.03.2018
2 Bengal Patachitra Paschim Mednipur 564 Registered on 28.03.2018
3 Purulia Chhau Mask Purulia 565 Registered on 28.03.2018
4 Wooden Mask of Kushmandi DakshinDinajpur 566 Registered on 28.03.2018
5 Madurkathi PaschimMednipur,
PurbaMedinipur
567 Registered on 28.03.2018
  TEXTILE
6 Santipur Saree Nadia 138 Registered on 04.09.2009
7 Dhaniakhali Saree Hoogly 176 Registered on 06.01.2012
8 BaluchariSaree Bankura 173 Registered on 06.01.2012
  AGRICULTURE
9 Khirsapati (Himsagar) Mango Malda 112 Registered on 09.09.2008
Renewed on30.09.2017
10 Fazli Mango Malda 113 Registered on 09.09.2008
Renewed on30.09.2017
11 Laxman Bhog Mango Malda 111 Registered on 09.09.2008
Renewed on 30.09.2017
12 Tulaipanji Rice Uttar Dinajpur and DakshinDinajpur 530 Registered on 24.10.17
13 Gobindabhog Rice Bardhaman, Bankura, Birbhum, Nadia, Howrah, Hoogly, Murshidabad, North 24 Parganas 531 Registered on 24.10.17
  FOOD
14 Joynagar Moa South 24 parganas 382 Registered on 23.03.2015
15 Bardhaman Sitabhog Bardhaman 525 Registered on 31.03.2017
16 Bardhaman Mihidana Bardhaman 526 Registered on 31.03.2017
17 Banglar Rasogolla All Bengal except Siliguri, Jalpaiguri 533 Registered on 14.11.2017
07. State Awards

Different State Awards are presented to the selected awardees for outstanding achievements in different fields of Science for encouragement and recognition. Four such awards are given after the name of eminent scientists of Bengal -

Satyendra Puraskar :

Awarded every year to an individual who is adjudged the best popular Science Writer in Bengali for the year. (Publication made within the last 5 years). The prize consists of cash amount of Rs. 50,000/- along with a silver plaque and a certificate of honour.

Meghnad Puraskar :

Awarded every year to a Voluntary Organization which is located and working in this State and which is adjudged the best Voluntary Organization of the year for the performance of science popularization activities. The prize consists of cash amount of Rs. 50,000/- along with a silver plaque and a certificate of honour.

Gopal Chandra Bhattacharyya Smriti Puraskar :

Awarded annually to a person as a token recognition of his/her notable contribution in the field of science popularization and performance in disseminating science from the libraries and laboratories to the common people of West Bengal for the last 20 years. The prize consists of cash amount of Rs. 50,000/- along with a silver plaque and a certificate of honour.

State Innovation Award :

One of the State Awards of this Department, namely, State Innovation Award (SIA) was introduced in the year 2006 to encourage, recognize, honour & reward grass root technological innovations developed by the unorganized sector of the state. SIA is given to three grass root innovators and one outstanding scout during the subsequent State Science & Technology Congress. The best innovator is given a cash award of Rs. 21,000/-, the second best innovator is given a cash award of Rs. 11,000/-, the third best innovator is given a cash award of Rs. 5,000/- and the outstanding scout is given a cash award of Rs. 5,000/- only. All the four awardees are also given a certificate of honour and a plaque.

08. Remote sensing & GIS

The Science and Technology Department of the Government of West Bengal was set up in 1988. The State Remote Sensing Centre of the State of West Bengal was established under Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of West Bengal in 1990, subsequently it has renamed as Geoinformatics & Remote Sensing Cell.

Through Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems the Department plays an exceptionally important role in providing state-of-the-art tools and documents to assist Government Departments and Agencies in improving their planning execution and monitoring process.

Some of the Projects activities in this sector are undertaken in partnership with the National Remote Sensing Centre, Indian Space Research Organization of the Government of India, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, Different line Departments of the State Government and other State and National Organizations.

Objectives

To generate spatial database (map) on Land and Water Resources from multi-season satellite images and integration of non-spatial data in conjunction with the socio-economic data in GIS platform to satisfy the growing needs of the various Departments of the State.

To provide consultancy and Advisory services on RS, GIS & GPS to other state Govt. Departments/Organizations.

To participate and carry out collaborative ventures of National interest launched by State/Central Government.

Conducts training programmes, Workshop/Seminar in the application field of Geoinformatics.

Major Application Fields

Map/database on Land resources.

Map/database on Surface & Ground Water resources

Disaster Management - Disseminating Near Real Time information of flood to State administrations based radar data from NRSC, DOS.

Map/database for Environmental Planning

Map/database for Urban planning

Map/database for Rural planning

Drought Mitigation Programme - Field level implementation in drought prone districts

Map Sales Activity

Remote Sensing & GIS Cell also provide expertise and services to user/ line departments of Government of West Bengal. In many cases, customized spatial database are generated for line/user departments when request programmes/ projects are demanded. It is normally worked out in the form of short term project where 100 per cent funding is made by the partner institutes/organizations.

However, this office also provides spatial database in the form of hard copy/maps in different compositions, scales, paper sizes and themes. The spatial themes include natural resources, administrative boundaries with road and railway network.

09. Research Fellowship Award

The Department of Science and Technology & Biotechnology (DSTBT), Government of West Bengal (GOWB), has a scheme named Research Fellowship Award implemented by West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology. This has got approval from Dept. of Finance, Govt. of West Bengal.

Prestigious Research Fellowship Award (RFA) is focused to provide better scope for research on subjects relevant to this State. There are five Research Fellowship Awards to be given in the name of five pioneer scientists from Bengal, who are actually icon of science in India and abroad. These includes

  • Jagadish Chandra Bose Fellowship (Life Science/Tele communication)
  • Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray Fellowship (Chemical Science)
  • Meghnad Saha Fellowship (River Science)
  • Satyandra Nath Bose Fellowship (Theoretical Physics)
  • Upendra Nath Brahmchari Fellowship (Health Science)

This scheme will give opportunity to the students of West Bengal for persuasion of higher degree, required for their academic career. Target people for RFA are students who have completed their post graduate degree and trying to build their career in scientific research and pursue Ph.D. degree at the same time. Each fellowship provides financial support for maximum five years (first 2 years as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and last 3 years as Senior Research Fellow (SRF), subject to the annual performances) or submission of Ph.D. thesis whichever is earlier. The remuneration of the JRF & SRF will be the same to that of Dept. of Science and Technology and Biotechnology, Govt. of West Bengal.

10. Research Grant Award

The Department of Science and Technology & Biotechnology (DSTBT), Government of West Bengal (GOWB), has a scheme named Research Grant Award implemented by West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology.

Project proposal under this scheme will be considered to take forward which has a reference to a predefined seminal work done under Government/Private sponsorship, leading to defined application. Major programme of extension based on proven technologies only to be considered for support, where a value-addition of a product or process re-engineering is proposed. The project proposal will help the State of West Bengal in the fulfilment of its socio-economic objectives with expected outcome. No proposal for fresh research will be considered.

I. Type of Award:

There are two types of Research Grant Awards in the name of

1. Rabindranath Tagore Award (for Science Education)

2. Swami Vivekananda Award (for Generating Scientific Temperament & Social Welfare)

II. List of broad category of subject areas under the scheme:

1. Agriculture

2. Animal and Fishery Sciences

3. Biological Sciences

4. Biotechnology including rural Biotechnology

5. Environment, Ecology (including Medicinal Plants) and Climate Change

6. Physical Sciences

7. Mathematics

8. Chemical Sciences

9. Engineering and Technology

10. Medical Sciences including Pubic Health

11. Energy and Allied Sciences

12. Earth Sciences including Geoinformatics

13. Water Resources including Conservation

III. Total Award Value:

Research Grant Award is tenable for a maximum period of three years, subject to completion of the project whichever is earlier. Each grant award provides financial support of Rs. 5.00 lakh per annum summing up of Rs.15.00 lakh for three years. No financial assistance will be provided other than the amount mentioned above or beyond the stipulated period.

11. ABCD (Adopt Biotechnology for Community Development)

ABCD is a biotechnology based societal development programme which was introduced by the erstwhile Dept. of Biotechnology, GoWB during the year 2016-17 and now has been taken up by this Department. The Programme was aimed for Societal Development to benefit rural and backward class and women, through training & demonstration and skill development, introducing science breakthroughs, for livelihood, self-employment and income generation. Fund support was provided to Colleges, Universities and reputed NGOs for implementation of simple, proven and field-tested biotechnological interventions in a sustainable manner. The projects are expected to bring out the social and monetary benefits to the target populace through technology transfer using locally available resources.

Targeted for better effectiveness and wider societal impact, recently, the programme has been improvised with the following features:

1. To bring in latest techniques to disseminate, over the conventional methods thereby enhancing productivity.

2. To give more focus on tangible outcome, i.e., practical no. of beneficiaries come to be selfemployed.

3. To hunt for latest technologies, suitable to implement in rural areas, from Academic and Research Organizations and from both Public and Private Sector.

4. To conduct the programme in a holistic way from training to handholding support to set up businesses by the beneficiaries.

In view of the above, Expression-of-Interest (EoI) has been called from Academic Institutions / Colleges / Universities / Research Institutions / Scientific Organizations / Private Agencies to transfer the existing Biotechnologies for Societal Welfare.

Last Date of Submission of EoI : 30.09.2021