Citizen Charter

About RGCB

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, began in 1990 in humble surroundings as a small charitable society called the Centre for Development of Education, Science and Technology (C-DEST). In 1991the C-DEST was made a "Grant-in-Aid" institute of the Government of Kerala and renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Development of Education, Science and Technology (RGC-DEST). On April 18, 1994 the Government of Kerala took a landmark decision to restructure the institute into a comprehensive biotechnology center and thus was created the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. The institute was first managed by the Government of Kerala's Committee for Science and Technology and Environment (STEC) and subsequently by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment. The foundation stone for the new building was laid on November 18, 1995 by the then Prime Minister of India, Sri. Narasimha Rao. On November 18, 2002 the then President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam dedicated the comprehensive center to the nation. RGCB rapidly grew in stature, infrastructure and research output. The Institute was taken over by the Central Government on 01.04.2007.


RGCB's planning for the development comprises a set specific Strategic Goals. Through inclusive strategic planning processes, RGCB has identified these Themes and Strategic Goals as priority areas for the field. These Themes will allow the development of Strategic Goals, which are the specific target areas identified as priorities by RGCB. As implementation of the Strategic Plan goes forward, these Goals will be the actual areas of focus, activities, and resources.

Strategic Goal 1: Fundamental Research

Understanding the biology that defines basic mechanisms involved in the disease process and its implications for human health.

Strategic Goal 2: Technology Development

Turning research into technology innovation and on to business.

Strategic Goal 3: Translational Science

Trans-disciplinary health science to inform individual, clinical, and public health decision making to improve health.

Strategic Goal 4: Training and Education

Developing and retaining a sustainable pipeline of biotechnology professionals across a range of related disciplines including fundamental science, technology development, translation, policy and outreach through efforts in education, training, and career.

Strategic Goal 5: Communications, IPR and Engagement

Advancing translation and dissemination of scientific knowledge on the role of disease and human health; pursuing appropriate and effective means of engagement of the broad range of institute stakeholders and the public in health research and public health promotion.

Our Activities

Academic activities: PhD Programmes
PhD in Translational Science and Medicine
Post-Doctoral training
Short Term and Long Term training programmes
Specialized Training Programmes
Bio Technology Skills Development Programmes
Research activities: Cancer Research
Cardiovascular & Diabetes Research
Infectious Disease Research
Microbiome Research
Chemical Biology & Therapeutic Peptide Research
Computational Biology & Bio Informatics Research
Plant Biotechnology Research
Pilot Scale Production
Technology and Business Development Incubators
Public Services: DNA Finger Printing and Bar Coding for judicial and legal requirements
Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Diagnostics for Decease management

Whom to contact:

Public Grievances: The Chief General Manager
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology
RTI: The Deputy General Manager (CPIO)
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology
Contact Information: Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)
Thycaud Post, Poojappura,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 014
Kerala, India
Phone : +91- 471-2529400 | 2347975 | 2348753
Fax : + 91- 471-2348096
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