BLiSS REPORT (2013-14) - Establishment of Biotech Labs in Senior Secondary Schools (BLiSS) in North Eastern States of India
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Call for Proposal



Department of Biotechnology
Ministry of Science and Technology
Government of India


An unprecedented growth in the field of biotechnology has resulted in break through developments. It continues to offer enormous potential for revolutionizing every aspect of human life. To harness this potential, it is important to create awareness at an early stage by imparting good biotechnology education at school level. It is important to create an environment of access to a well equipped laboratory. Recognizing this need, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, has initiated a scheme for establishing “Biotechnology Labs in Senior Secondary schools (BLiSS)” across the North Eastern States of India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura & Sikkim).

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) invites proposals from eligible Senior/Higher Secondary Schools of the North Eastern States of India offering courses in Biology/Life Sciences/Biotechnology for considering establishment of Biotech Labs under a special program “BLiSS for the North Eastern States”.  The broad objective of the program is to promote education in Biotechnology at Senior/Higher Secondary level and to attract brilliant young students to the multidisciplinary research areas.

Under this programme DBT proposes to provide the following facilities to each Lab:-

·         Biotechnology lab with basic set of equipment, e.g., Gel electrophoresis, UV-transiluminator, Micro-Centrifuge, Incubator, -20 freezers, Microscope, Analytical balance, Hot air oven, Digital Water bath, etc.

·         Computers with Internet connectivity

·         Recurring budget for procurement of chemicals, glassware and for maintenance of Internet connectivity

·         Support for Trainings/Workshops including travel cost of experts/faculty members.

·         Travel support for attending short term trainings within India

(The nearest Institutional or State Level Biotech hubs established by DBT may provide requisite mentoring and monitoring).

 A total of Rs. 15.00 Lakhs per school shall be provided including:

(i)            Equipment (Rs. 9.00 Lakhs),

(ii)           Recurring Grant (Rs. 6.00 Lakhs @ Rs. 2.00 Lakhs/annum for a period of 3 years).

Depending on the status and potential, the Schools will be identified through an expert committee for the establishment of BLiSS. Each Lab will be looked after by a Coordinator (a subject-teacher teaching a science subject at the +2 level) to be nominated by the host institute and guided by a small committee constituted as per guidelines framed by DBT. The host institution shall have to provide necessary space and administrative support. Govt./Govt.-aided/provincialized Senior/Higher Secondary Schools only will be considered for the present call. Only one application from a school will be considered.

Interested Schools may submit two copies of their proposals in the prescribed format, (; which is  to be duly endorsed and forwarded by the respective Heads of the Institutions, should reach Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, Block-2, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110 003 latest 30th June, 2014. A soft copy of the proposal is also required to be sent to              



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