Information Services

The focus of BCIL’s Information services division is to disseminate commercially relevant information to the biotech stakeholders through various newsletters and regular updates. The activities of division are as follows :

I. Bringing out periodicals for providing information on technology leads and innovative developments such as :

  • Biotech Bulletin (Bi-monthly)
  • The South Asia Bio safety Program (SABP) Newsletter (Monthly)
  • BCIL Biotech weekly update
  • Information on funding schemes
  • Information on fellowships & awards


II. Organisation of technical workshops and training programs regularly on wide range of topics i.e. bio entrepreneurship, grant writing, IP management, regulatory issues etc.

One Annual workshop is organized by the center on “Issues related to “Commercialization of Biotechnology” since its inception. The topics of workshop for the last five years are as follows :

  1. Opportunities and Challenges in Commercialization of Biotechnology, organized on February 25, 2015
  2. Creating and Sustaining Successful Bio enterprises, organized on February 23, 2016
  3. Technology and Innovation Management : Key to Effective Commercialization organized on February 21, 2017
  4. Bio entrepreneurship Development, organized on February 27, 2018
  5. Biotechnology Start-up Ecosystem in india, organized on March 18, 2019

In the other programs organized by the parent organization, which are also supported by DISC, the manpower trained includes EDPs (>1000), IPR and grant writing (>1000), and sensitization and awareness on diverse biotechnology topics (>10000)

III. Management of Web-based online programs : The Center is assisting the parent organization in uploading information and in maintenance of following websites/portals

BCIL website

DBT-CTEP website

DBT Biosafety website

Web based database IGMORIS for DBT

GEF- World Bank Website for MoEF& CC(

Created website for National Certification Systems for Tissue Culture Raised Plants (NCS-TCP), ( a DBT program. The site is now hosted on NIC cloud

Portal for review of mechanisms & protocols of teaching (PROMPT) under HRD program of DBT

Online monitoring and management of software program for Biotech Industrial

Training program (BITP)

ICAR Biosafety Portal

E-Learning Modules

IV. Biotech club of BCIL has members from industry, research institutions, universities and individual experts. The Biotech Club of BCIL being managed by DISC are kept updated on the latest information in every field of biotechnology. The membership is open to all. The facilities provided to members of BCIL Club through regular e-mailers are as follows :

  • Free supply of BCIL periodicals:
    • Biotech News updates (Weekly)
    • The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) Newsletter (Monthly)
    • Biotech Bulletin (Bi Monthly)


  • Quick Updates
    • Information on Funding Schemes
    • Technologies Available for Licensing
    • Information on Fellowships & Awards
    • Articles/Reports alerts
    • Other important announcements and developments related to biotech sector


  • Advance notice and privileged participation in events organized by BCIL either free or on discounted rates
  • Free supply of specialized reports being brought out time to time


Information Sub-Centre (DISC) of DBT

BCIL was the Distributed Information Sub Center (DISC) of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India for more then 25 years. The activities of DISC during the period were focused on dissemination of information on developments in biotechnology to industry and other clients.


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Biotech Club

BCIL has a Biotechnology Club whose members are kept updated on the major developments in the area. The Biotechnology Club has its membership open to institutions and individuals interested in biotechnology.


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Awareness Programmes

BCIL has the expertise and experience in organizing various awareness programmes on Biotechnology related issues like Biosafety, Intellectual Property Protection, Entrepreneurial Development and other sensitization programmes on new concepts, products and services.


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Informative websites

With a view to disseminate value added information on Research, Development and Commercialisation of biotech products, the information services department has been developing a number of specialized websites as detailed below:


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