Science Promotion

Research and Development Scheme “গবেষণায় বাংলা” (Gobeshonay Bangla)

About the Scheme:

The Department of Science and Technology & Biotechnology, Government of West Bengal, has a scheme on “Research and Development Programmes” named as “গবেষণায় বাংলা” (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 fulfillment of socio-economic objectives of the Government and improvement of the quality of life of its people.

NATURE OF PROJECTS SUPPORTED UNDER THE SCHEME :

  • i) Studies & Survey related to Science &Technology:
  • Financial assistance is offered for carrying out basic and applied scientific research/ study/ survey that include techno-economic analysis, simulation, modeling and studies etc. and development of State S&T database, S&T policy issues, specific status reports, etc.

  • ii) Research & Technology development for micro planning :
  • 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.

  • iv) Joint/ Collaborative Programme with Other Organisations:
  • To develop and support specific collaborative programmes focusing on multi-disciplinary 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.

Science Promotion: Physical Sciences


Physical Science focuses on investigating physical phenomena through scientific enquiry. It plays an increasingly important role on the scientific knowledge and principles used in the vast engineering and related technology context. It is today's basic research upon which depends the tomorrow's technology. It would have not been possible for us to produce computers of modern age without algorithm and algebra. Similarly, modern technology of transistor, lasers, atomic reactors, etc. could not be developed without the deep understanding of the basic physical processes responsible for their development. Modern technology cannot be developed without a solid base in the basic/fundamental research behind these technologies.

Science Promotion: Chemical Sciences


Chemical Science plays a vital role in modern science which is related with almost all disciplines of the science, like, physics, biology, biochemistry, family and nutritional sciences, engineering, physiotherapy, pharmacy, health care etc. With the objective to motivate young researchers to develop cost-effective technologies, composition, structure and changes in new molecules etc., R&D projects have been promoted in different sectors, like, pollution abatement in the areas of industrial development, cost effective filter preparation, rural artisan use, and other related areas. Emphasis is given on those R&D Projects which are beneficial and fruitful for the mankind as a whole. HRD is made through the engagement of the research scholar who works in almost every R&D Projects which helps their career enhancement also.

Science Promotion: Engineering and Technology


Engineering and Technology focuses on investigating practical application of the knowledge of science & Technology in daily life. Progressive researches in the fields of diverse disciplines of engineering & technology through innovation and analysis of physical process related to the sustainable development of the state are the prime objectives. Through technological advances, it would be easiest to transfer the theoretical knowledge from the books and laboratories to the real field to the people. In present day environment, natural resources, transport, smart city planning, communications, digital technologies, energy efficient management, process and time complexities and commercial concerns of innovations are the best addressed through advance researches and applications in engineering and technology.

Science Promotion: Medical Sciences including Public Health


Medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Since the advent of modern science, most medicine has become a combination of art and science (both basic and applied, under the umbrella of Medical Science). Public health has evolved as a multi-disciplinary science which deals with the determinants and defense of health at the population level so as to impact upon and improve the health of individuals in that population. The health research output from India is not commensurate with the magnitude and distribution of disease burden. The research output in public health is particularly meager, which is a major concern as public health sciences. Several diseases, related conditions contributing substantially to the disease burden and other major areas of public health importance have relatively less represented.

Keeping in view of the above facts, the Department of Science & Technology and Biotechnology, GoWB from the very beginning is promoting few research projects in public health with its limited resources to address disease burden through epidemiological survey, basic & clinical research on prevention of diseases & improvement of diagnostic tools involving weaker section of the society. The research scholars engaged under different research projects are also getting opportunities to develop human resources and their career enhancement.

Science Promotion: Earth Sciences including Geo-informatics


The R&D Projects are funded for promotion of applied research so that output of the projects may benefit the State Government and may contribute towards improvement in quality of life of the people of the State in the fields of Geology, Geophysics, Geography, Natural Resources Management including Land and Water, Disaster Management, Resources Management, Geoinformatics, etc. The Department also plays a significant role in coordinating and integrating interdisciplinary areas of S&T.

Science Promotion: Mathematics


Without the application of mathematics there is hardly any advancement possible in science. Precise mathematical calculations have always guided our research since time unknown. Therefore a serious focus is there to facilitate further researches in the advancement of mathematics. There are so many socio-economic aspects in present day that needs statistical surveys and data analysis to understand the problems. The dynamic and unstable situations in other fields of science these days is best addressed through the study of mathematics in areas like coding theories, different logics, algebra, graphs, artificial intelligence, applied calculus, vectors, determinants & matrices, Big Data Analysis, Computational dynamics, algorithms etc.

Science Promotion: Energy and Allied Sciences


The most highlighted concern in science news all-over the world is Energy. On energy issues, the conferences, treaties, awareness programmes, protocols, laws, regulations that happen over the globe are countless. Further scientific researches therefore need to be boosted to harness the renewable and non-conventional sources of energy such as hydro, solar technologies, tidal, wind, geothermal, bio fuel etc. Beside this, focus should also be on making the existing conventional technologies more and more efficient and on reducing the losses. Allied to this research on the harmful emissions, toxic pollutants, reuse-reduce and recycle technologies are also facilitated.

Science Promotion: Biological Sciences including Biotechnology


The project would be supported specifically in the area of Botany/ Zoology/ Physiology/ Agricultural / Animal / Marine / Plant Biotechnology, Bio-engineering, Bio-informatics, Environmental Biotechnology, Food and Nutritional Biotechnology, Genomics & Genetic Engineering, Proteomics and biomarker discovery, Industrial Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Nano-biotechnology and any other relevant field coming under the purview of Bioscience & Biotechnology.

For rural Biotech projects emphasizing areas are as follows:

1. Agro-climatic zone based development of microbial biofertilizers (nitrogen fixing, phosphate solubilizing, potash solubilizing, zinc solubilizing etc. microbes) and microbial pesticides; deposition of all important germplasms to the national repositories for future access and use.
2. Identification of useful soil microbes, knowledge dissemination and mass propagation.
3. Improvement of quality and quantity of perennial plantation crops through Biotechnological inputs.
4. Utilisation of tissue culture technology for the improvement of horticulture crops and disease-free plant materials.
5. Domestication of wild edible mushrooms commonly found in different agroclimatic zones of West Bengal and/or technology transfer to the rural community for sustainable development.
6. Technology utilisation for animal-feed production using regional bio-resources.
7. Development of feed for pisciculture using phytoplankton, zooplankton, microbes etc.-based biotechnology.
8. Biotechnological intervention for upgradation of traditional technology for quality improvement of processed food and beverages.
9. Biotechnology assisted mass production and utilization of Cyanobacteria & Micro algae, Mushroom, stevia, medicinal herbs etc. for the production of value added food products and other product development.
10. Assessment of genetic disorders – scientific documentation and general awareness.
11. Biotechnology-based household waste management for sustainable utilization.
12. Promotion of biotechnological methods using local natural resources to small scale industries.
13. Community-based genetic epidemiological studies on human health and diseases.
14. Any other tropic relevant to rural biotechnology.

Science Promotion: Agriculture, Animal & Fishery Sciences


Emphasizing areas for R & D include Biodiversity Conservation (in situ and ex situ) in natural ecosystems, protecting indigenous agricultural resources; creation of high yielding seeds through cytogenetic research, Restoration of degraded ecosystems, biological interventions in combating pollution, innovative approach towards creation of bio fertilizers, economic improvement of farmers and villagers through scientific interventions in the milieu of gardening, aquaculture, cultivation of cash crops and medicinal plants, value addition to floricultural and other natural products, utilization of agricultural and natural wastes etc.

Science Promotion: Environment, Ecology and Climate Change


Changing climatic conditions are among the greatest environmental threats faced by planet earth. Global warming due to green house effect, ozone layer depletion have become a global concern. Loss of biodiversity due to anthropogenic activities is another topic of great importance. Combating pesticides, pollution, environmental effects of G.M.O adoption etc. also deserve to be investigated and intervened scientifically.

Allotment of pollution, bioremediation, adoption of eco-friendly technologies on day to day activities needs special attention. The Department takes concern of all such activities through R&D projects.

Science Promotion: Other Interdisciplinary


The subject areas under consideration are topics interdisciplinary in nature and having application and linkages with S&T along with socio-economic developmental approach but not covered under any of the above mentioned categories.

The State DHESTBT has taken up a unique initiative of setting up of an integrated research and development complex at Baruipur, South 24 Parganas. The following ten institutions have been provisionally allotted land:

Promotion of R & D Hub


The State DHESTBT has taken up a unique initiative of setting up of an integrated research and development complex at Baruipur, South 24 Parganas. The following ten institutions have been provisionally allotted land:

● National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)
● The Indian Association for Cultivation of Science (IACS)
● Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
● National Institute of Mangroves and Coastal Bio-Reserves (Under MOEF,GOI)
● Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO)
● National Council for Science Museum (NCSM)
● The Energy & Resource Institute (TERI)
● Space Application Centre, DHESTBT, WB
● Spice Board, GOI.
● Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).

So far eight out of the above ten stakeholders have taken possession of land. National Institute of Mangroves and Coastal Bio-Reserves and Indian Statistical Institute are yet to take possession of land. Infrastructure development of site by KMDA is in progress. A High Level Committee under the chairmanship of MIC, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department is overseeing various activities relating to setting up of the Global R&D Hub. This Hub is expected to become a prime centre of R&D activities in the eastern region of the Country.

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