TERI-ITEC Courses 2011-12: Course II - Applications of biotechnology and its regulation



TERI is empanelled by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)/ Special Commonwealth African Assistance Programme (SCAAP), government of India, for this programme. Under the programme, seven courses are being offered for the year 2011-12. These are: climate change, decentralized energy solutions, sustainable development, energy-efficient technologies, solar energy, biotechnology, and renewable energy and trade and sustainable development.

Each individual course is a three-week long residential programme conducted in India, attended by participants from other developing countries. The courses are designed to meet the needs of senior and mid-level government and non-government officials from ITEC/SCAAP countries.

Advantages of attending the course

  • Increased understanding of various dimensions of each course;
  • Development of practical knowledge through demonstrations and field visits; and
  • Wider exposure to India as the course lectures are complemented by study tours.

Course eligibility

Bachelor's degree, with science as a subject in school; work experience of 2 years.

Number of participants - 30

Course details

The Green Revolution of mid-1960s had saved millions from starvation. However, with mounting population pressures, and an ever-increasing number of people who cannot secure two square meals a day, there is an urgent need to supplement existing technological interventions with newer innovations. Biotechnological tools have enormous potential to supplement traditional techniques in improving productivity of land in a sustainable manner. The technologies must be designed not only to meet the specific needs of the developing countries, but it is equally important that they also create policies and an enabling environment for mass adoption of these technologies.

As an institute actively engaged in research and applications in modern biotechnology, TERI is deeply interested in promoting awareness and capacity building in the areas of traditional and modern biotechnologies, and also emphasize on issues such as bio safety, food safety, and regulations. With this objective, we had conducted three courses on ‘Applications of biotechnology and its regulation’. Due to the overwhelming response received, TERI will now conduct the fourth course on the subject from 25 July–12 August 2011.

The objective of the course is to sensitize researchers, regulators, and policy makers on various issues in research and development in biotechnology. It provides the participants exposure to how such issues are being addressed internationally, especially in Africa. The course aims to provide a unique blend of theory and practical training in various aspects of biotechnology. It provides a basic understanding of bio-fuels, traditional and advanced biotechnology, environmental and bio-ethical concerns of new technologies, legal framework for bio safety regulations, and risk assessment and management. Issues related to sustainable agriculture through application of bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticide, as well as food safety and impact of IPRs on future agricultural development, will be discussed with special reference to developing countries.


The cost of the course, travel, and stay of the selected participant will be borne by ITEC (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India).

Application procedure

Fill up the ITEC/SCAAP application form and submit it to respective nodal government department/agency designated to nominate candidates. The nodal department/agency will, in turn, forward the applications to the Embassy/High Commission of India.

The selected participants would be informed by the Indian Embassies of the respective ITEC/SCAAP countries.

ITEC Website


Hostel accommodation for the participants would be arranged at the TERI Retreat or at TERI University .

TERI Retreat is a training complex located a mere 35-minute driving distance from the heart of Delhi in Gual Pahari, Gurgaon. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, this 36-hectare training complex is a perfect example of sustainable, green, and productive habitat created through application of scientific methods and technique.

For further information, please contact

ITEC Coordinator Course Coordinator
Ms Swati Ganeshan
Research Associate
Resources, Regulation, and Global Security Division
The Energy and Resources Institute
Darbari Seth Block, IHC, Lodhi Road
New Delhi, India
Tel. +91-11-2468 2100, 4150 4900
Fax +91-11-2468 2144, 2468 2145
E-mail: swati.ganeshan@teri.res.in
Dr Vibha Dhawan
Exec. Director (Adv. Biotech.)
Plant Tissue Culture & Molecular Biology
Biotechnology & Bioresources Division
The Energy and Resources Institute
Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110 003, India
Tel. +91-11-2468 2100, 4150 4900, 2612 2222
Fax +91-11-2468 2144, 2468 2145, 2612 2874
E-mail: vibhad@teri.res.in
Date: 25 Jul - 12 Aug 2011 Theme: Plant Biotechnology | Microbial Biotechnology
Location: RETREAT, Gurgaon
Category: Training


Dr Vibha Dhawan
Exec. Director (Adv. Biotech.)
Biotechnology & Bioresources Division
E-mail: vibhad@teri.res.in