(Biotechnology based Opportunities Offered to Science & Technology Departments)
This is an academic program for improvement of infrastructure in UG/PG colleges in West Bengal. The Biotechnology Branch of Department of Higher Education, Science & Technology and Biotechnology, Government of West Bengal conducts an academic program for improvement of infrastructure in UG/PG colleges in West Bengal as an integral part of promotion of biotechnology. This aims to enhance the availability of trained manpower which will serve as a national intellectual corpus repository in Biotechnology and Science & Technology sectors. The Department funds state funded/aided colleges (UG and PG) and Universities offering various courses in Biological Sciences with evidence of a biotechnology component. Proposals are invited for consideration of support under a scheme entitled “Biotechnology based Opportunities Offered to Science & Technology Departments” or BOOST to be provided at three levels. The Scheme provides funds for development of infrastructure facilities for teaching and research and includes renovation of existing laboratory space (no fresh constructions), up-gradation of existing facilities involved in UG/PG teaching and research, acquisition of essential equipment, networking & computational facilities. The facilities are aimed to support the efforts of the Department as a whole or a number of faculty members. Individual R&D support are not considered under this Scheme.