Establishment of State Biotech Hub(SBThub) in Sikkim State Council of Science & Technology.
The Project "Establishment of State Biotech Hubs (SBThubs) in Sikkim" is funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India under special programme for North Eastern States of India. The project is being coordinated by Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), a government of India enterprise promoted by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. The main objective of the project is the establishment of state of art biotechnology infrastructure facilities in the state, a nucleus research centre for biotechnological research. The total project cost is 304.03 lakhs and is of three years duration.
The main objective of the project is the establishment of major biotechnology infrastructure facility in the state, to train the coordinators of institutional hubs, to provide support for research and training and to have a linkages with other institutional hubs in the respective state.
CONSTITUTION OF SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has been constituted to guide, advice and suggest for the overall progress of the project. The members are from the different scientific institutions like ICAR, GB pant Institute, NRC Orchids, Sikkim University and Colleges.
The biotechnology laboratory has the following equipments at present procured from another project funded by Department of Biotechnology,
Government of India:
Gradient PCR (Thermal Cycler), Applied Biosystem, Gel Documentation system, refrigerated centrifuge, gel electrophoresis unit, slab gel dry electrophoresis power back and basic infrastructure facility for plant tissue culture laboratory.
The laboratory procure major biotechnological instruments for molecular and phyto-chemical studies from the State Biotech Hub.
The project is being headed by the coordinator Dr. B.C.Basistha, Additional Director and Co-coordinator, Shri K. B. Subba,Assistant Scientific Officer, Department of Science & Technology and Climate Change, Govt. of Sikkim ,Dr. Sushen Pradhan, Research Associate 03 Junior Research Fellows, 01 Technical Assistant and 03 Lab Attendants.