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Biotech-KISAN Scheme 2016-17

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open15-Nov-2016
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AwardRs 60 lakh pa
EligibilityScientists, professionals
Scholarship provider contact details

Dr. Mohd. Aslam
Adviser (Scientist 'G')
Plant Biotechnology Division,
Department of Biotechnology,
Ministry Of Science & Technology,
6-8th Floor, Block 2, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003

Dr. Shailja V. Gupta
Director (Scientist 'F')
International Cooperation (IC-I) Division,
Department of Biotechnology,
Ministry of Science & Technology,
6-8th Floor, Block 2, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003

What is Biotech-KISAN Scheme 2016-17?

Applications are invited for the Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN) Scheme for the year 2016-17. This scheme revolves around the problems faced by Indian farming due to lack of resources and the consequences of climate change.

The main reasons affecting productivity are:

  • Water: drought, flood, availability and poor quality.
  • Soil: poor soil health, lack of application of modern technologies in agriculture.
  • Seed: lack of availability of quality agricultural planting material.
  • Market:  lack of new technologies among farmers.

This scheme will be implemented in 15 agro-climatic zones with objective of:

  • Linking science and technology to the farm by understanding the problem and provide solutions for those.
  • The scientists and farmers works together to improve the working conditions of small and marginal farmers.
  • This aims to work especially with the woman farmer for better agriculture productivity through scientific intervention and evolving best farming practices.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

The scientists who can give the solutions and connects with society are eligible to apply.

How can you apply ?

Eight copies of duly filled proforma forwarded through head of the institute should be sent to the DBT. 
Parameters to Measure Successful application:
Application will be judged on the following parameters:

  • The Facilitator: competence as judged by track record.
  • The expertise of partner institutes.
  • Capacity and capability of the hub and the institutes to work together towards the proposed activities.
  1. Complete postal address with email ID and phone/mobile numbers of Principal and coordinator for the program should be mentioned in A5 & A11 column
  2. A consolidated proposal having details of Hub and partners should be submitted. 
  3. The pages should be numbered and the proposal format should be in “Times New Roman”, Font Size 12 with single spacing.
  4. There should be no colour photographs in the proposal. The proposals should be in spiral binding as hard bound proposal is not required. The proposal should be printed back to back to save paper.
  5. Two hard copies of duly filled proforma, (printed on both side and should not be hard bound) along with a soft copy (in MS Word format)


Terms and Conditions

Components of the Scheme:

The scheme will provide following components:

  1. The Hub: Establishment of Biotech-KISAN Hub in each of 15 agro-climatic zones of the country under the leadership of a champion, who will act as a Facilitator. Each Hub will create a network by developing strong linkages with top quality scientific institutions / State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) / Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) / existing state agriculture extension services / system and other Farmers’ organizations in the region as well as linkages with leading international institutions / organizations. Biotech-KISAN Hub will have a tinkering laboratory. The core activities of the Hub will include:
    • Understanding the problems of the local farmer;
    •  Demonstration and scale-up programmes for implementing the solutions to the problems of farmers – addressing water, soil, seed and marketing issues;·Scouting for available technologies and solutions to problems of farmers in the region;
    • Creation of strong Scientists-Farmers Interaction Platform and connectivity; training programmes for the farmer and immersion programmes for scientists;
    • Communication set up through radio and TV and connectivity through social media;
    • Individual thematic fellowship programmes for selected farmers in the zone at high-tech science laboratories;
    • Special solution-driven thematic fellowships to women farmers (Mahila Kisan Biotech Fellowship) to develop them as leaders and grass root scientists. The hub and its facilitator will partner with at least 3 institutions / KVKs etc. and should enter into agreement with each of the collaborating partner / institution with defined contribution for achieving the envisaged objectives. For each partner Institute, it will be mandatory to participate with the hub and its activities and for this a separate budget would be provided for each of them.
  2. Partnering Institutes: The activities of the partnering institute will include:
    1. Conduct training programmes for farmers in laboratories of scientific research institutions
      • Expose farmers to leading science laboratories to develop them as scientific leaders at grass root level;
      • Provide solution and support to agriculture problems related to water, soil, seed, diseases and marketing issues in respective areas;
      • The subject and scope of training programme will include good agriculture practices;
      • The duration of the training will be 5 to 10 days;
      • The small and marginal farmers having qualification of high school / intermediate, preferably in science subjects will be eligible for training. The actual cost of the training programme will be decided based on the number of trainees and the subject areas.
    2. Training programmes for scientists in agricultural farms
      • The training programme or immersion of scientists in agricultural farms with a view to better understand the problems of farmers at ground level and address / implement solutions.
      • The subject and scope of training programme will include study on the problems being faced by farmers in their farms related to water management, nutrient and pest / disease management, storage and marketing issues and their linkages with already available possible solutions in science laboratories, on-farm innovative ideas and research being practiced by farmers for their agriculture problems at grass root level and their validation etc.
      • The duration of the training may be 10 to 15 days.
      • The scientists working in scientific institutions / State Agriculture Universities (SAUs) / KVKs will be eligible for training.
  3. Research projects: If scientists during the course of these programmes identify a problem, which would require larger funding; it would be possible for them to submit the research project proposal to the scheme for additional funding. The proposal will be considered by the relevant Expert Committee / Task Force of the scheme and based on the genesis of the project and the solution hypothesised, additional funds may be provided.
  4. International Training:
    • Short-term Training (STT) Programmes will be developed by DBT in partnership with international organisations / universities, where Farmers will be exposed to best global farm management and practices.
    • Depending on the activities carried out by scientists/farmers in India; selected groups will be sponsored by DBT for international STT. The current collaborating universities are Cambridge University, UK; Wageningen University, Netherlands and others are likely to be added.

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