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Research Centres* in India-Ongoing Projects


Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, (IGFRI), Pahuj Dam, Jhansi-Gwalior Road, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh PIN 284003. Tel: 0517- 44083336. Email:, Website:

Research: An ICAR unit. The Institute organizes research work on grassland and forages and during last four decades has achieved several commendable breakthroughs.

Indian Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Post Box No. 80, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Lucknow - 226 001, India. Phone (Director's Office): +91-522-2621856, 2628227, 2613357.

Research: Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) (formerly: Industrial Toxicology Research Centre), is a constituent laboratory of CSIR. It studies the impact of industrial and environmental chemicals on human health and ecosystem, and environmental monitoring of pollutants in air, water and soil. The institute also helps regulatory bodies to formulate/amend guidelines for safe use of chemicals or products. Major research areas are Analytical Chemistry, Aquatic toxicology, Biomembrane Toxicology, Cardiovascular Toxicology, Cell Biology, Developmental Toxicology, Dyes & Food Adulterant Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, Embryotoxicology , Environmental Biotechnology , Environmental Carcinogenesis, Environmental Chemistry &  Waste Water Analysis, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Monitoring, Epidemiology, Fibre Toxicology, Herbal Research, Immunobiology, Immunotoxicology, Inhalation Toxicology, Neurotoxicology, Pesticides Toxicology, Petroleum Toxicology, Photobiology, Preventive Toxicology, Proteomics, Safety Evaluation of GM-Drugs, Toxicokinetics, Toxicogenomics & Predictive Toxicology.

Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), 4, Raja S.C. Mullick Road, Kolkata-700 032, West Bengal, India. Phone : +91 33 2473 0492. Fax : +91 33 2473 5197, +91 33 2472 3967. E-Mail : 

Research: A unit of CSIR. Research work done in Cell Biology & Physiology, Chemistry, Molecular & Human Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Drug Development / Diagnostics & Biotechnology and Structural Biology & Bioinformatics. Developed bioinformatics programmes (GCA & Clusterviz for clustering protein and gene sequencing), SPAT- software tool for nucleotide and amino acid substitution study, study Homology Modeling, Delph, Biopolymer, DOCKING; cardiac disfunction and hormones, neurological disorder, stem cell and corneal implantation, sperm motility, visceral leishmaniasis. Itís molecular and Human genetics division aims to understand the molecular genetic basis of diseases common in Indian populations (haemophilia, glaucoma, Wilson disease, and oculo-cutaneous albinism), genetic damage due to arsenic, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic effects of black tea polyphenols, study gene expression and function in pathogenic microorganisms (V.cholerae, Leishmania), DNA Vaccine against leishmaniasis, programmed cell death and to develop transgenic plants for pest resistant & improved  pharmaceutical/nutraceuticals. Offers PhD programmes.  

Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Uppal Road, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India - 500 007. Phone:91-40-27160123(20 lines), 91-40-27193030 ē Fax: 040-27160387.

Research: A unit of CSIR. Major research areas at IICT are: Natural Products Chemistry, Agrochemicals, Drugs & Intermediates, Speciality and Fine Chemicals, Fluoro-organics, Lipid Sciences & Technology, Coal, Gas & Energy, Chemical Engineering and Design & Engineering. IICTís carry out research in the chemical sciences leading to innovative processes for a variety of products as food, health and energy More than 150 technologies developed by IICT are now in commercial production. It has received several sponsored and consultancy projects from the industry, year after year. The external cash flow of IICT for the year 2003-04 is around Rs.16.5 crores. With over 450 highly professional and dedicated scientists and technical officers/technicians, excellent laboratory and instrument facilities for research in chemical sciences and technology and allied sciences, IICT is known nationally as well as internationally for its contributions both in basic and applied research. Specified research areas include: toxicological studies, Biomarkers, alternate methods for pest control, insect plant interactions. Offers advanced course in Bioinformatics.

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR)

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, Karnataka

Research: An ICAR unit. Mandated to undertake basic and applied research for developing strategies to enhance Productivity and utilisation of tropical and subtropical horticultural crops viz., fruits, vegetables, ornamental, medicinal and aromatic and mushrooms. Division of Entomology and Nematology; Biocontrol-insect Pathology

Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR), Hassaraghatta, Lake Post, Bangalore, KARNATAKA PIN 560089. Tel: 080-846629138Web Site:

Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), (formerly Regional research laboratory), Canal Road, Jammu Tawi - 180 001. Phone: 2569111, 2569222; Fax: 2569333 STD Code: 0191.

Research: A unit of CSIR. Its R&D units consist of Biotech, pharmacology and natural product chemistry. Its biotech section has facility of pilot plant, with Micro-processor controlled fomenters (1- 4,000 liter capacity), and state-ofĖart equipment required for Microbiology, Bio-Chemistry, Enzymology, Genetic Engineering and Bio-Chemical Engineering. The specific enzymes are purified to homogeneity using FPLC. Terminal sequencing is undertaken for designing the primers for the location & cloning of desired gene(s). Selected wild type and recombinant strains are grown at lab to pilot scale fermentors. The strategies of scale-up or scale-down are selected depending upon the nature of the process under study. The pilot plant is well equipped for down stream processing of the microbial biomass for the isolation of desired biomolecules/products. The Molecular biology and Genetic Engineering laboratories are well equipped to undertake gene cloning, heterologous expression, sequencing, RACE and RTPCR of selected genes. The lab has ABI 310 automated DNA sequence and Shimadzu automated N-terminal protein sequencer for amino acid sequencing. The lab is also well equipped to undertake plant molecule-based biopotentiator molecules for enhancing the effect of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal drugs. Its Natural Product chemistry division has Research and Development in the area of (i) herbal drugs, drug formulation and end-to-end technology on medicinal plants (ii) isolation of bioactivity guided extracts, fractions and new molecules (iii) standardization, quality control and isolation of marker compounds (iv) process development and upscaling of technologies for value added phytochemicals and phytopharmaceuticals and chemistry of essential oil bearing plants and their value added products. In the Pharmacology division the plant based products (extracts/fractions/pure principles) are subjected to battery of well established in vitro as well as in vivo tests for their Biopotential, efficacy and biosafety. The spectrum of bioactivities is mainly focussed in areas,  like Bioenhancer and bioavailability, Hepatoprotective, Anticancer, Antidiabetic, Antiinflammatory & antiarthritis, Immunomodulatory, General pharmacological, Transgenic animals for pharmacogenomics, Maintenance and breeding of lab. Animals.

Indian institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh

Research: Enzyme Engineering, immobilized biocatalyst, microbial fermentation.

Indian Institute of Petroleum, P.O. IIP, Mohkampur, Dehradun, 248005, Uttarakhand,  India. Phone: 0135-2660166.

Research: A unit of CSIR. Training to M.Tech Biotech students for 6 months, UG students for 1-2 months.

Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (IIPR), Kalyanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh PIN 208024

0512- 57258237. Web Site:

Research: An ICAR unit. A national centre for basic and applied research on pulse crops: chickpea, pigeonpea, mungbean, Urdbean, Lentil, lathyrus, Rajmash and Fieldpea.

Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore

Research: Genetic Engineering, biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology. Offers PhD programmes.

Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS), Nabi Bagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh PIN 462038. Tel: 0755- 73331039.

Indian Institute of Spices Research, (IISR), P.O. No. 1701, Marikannu P.O., Calicut, Kerala PIN 673012, 0495-37029440.

Research: An ICAR unit. The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Calicut a constituent body of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is a major Institute devoted to research on spices.

Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research  (IISR), Rae Bareli Road, P.O. Dilkusha, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh PIN 226002. 0522- 48073841. or

Research: An ICAR unit. It was established in 1952 for conducting research on fundamental and applied aspects of sugarcane culture as well as to co-ordinate the research work done on this crop in different States of the country.

Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Gandhinagar, Naira, P.O. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh PIN 221005. 0542- 318504, 63523642.

Research: An ICAR unit. The project has been envisaged as a national network of multidisciplinary research on the improvement of the major vegetable crops.

Indian Instritute of Soil Science , Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Research: An ICAR unit. In view of the fast changing scenario of Indian agriculture, and the growing importance of enhancing and sustaining productivity of soil resource, the ICAR established the Indian Institute of Soil Science in 1988 at Bhopal to conduct basic and strategic research on this aspect.

Indian Lac Research Institute, Namkum, Ranchi, JHARKHAND, PIN 834010


Research: An ICAR unit. The only research Institute of its kind in the world, being devoted exclusively to all aspects of lac research including   its cultivation, processing, value addition and utilisation.

Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur

Industrial Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC), Lucknow,

Institute of Bioresources and sustainable development (IBSD),


Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB)

Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Post Box No. 6, Palampur (H.P.) 176061 INDIA. Tel: +91-1894-230742-43; Fax: +91-1894-230433.

Research: A CSIR Unit. Providing R&D services on economic bioresources in western Himalayan region leading to value added Plants, Products Process for industrial, societal & environmental benefit. Its research division are biodiversity, biotechnology, natural plant product, Tea science, floriculture, IHBT Knowledgebase; which includes research areas such as Mapping, biodiversity conservation, bioprospection, metabolomics, virology and bamboo research. Plant biodiversity and ethnic study of western Himalaya using GIS and mobile lab. Plant tissue culture   aims at micropropagation of economically   important   plants  like tea,   bamboo, rose, ornamentals, and medicinal plants. Plant molecular biology focusses on DNA- fingerprinting, identifying cloning of genes, developing transgenics, etc. The unit has PCRs, gel document systems, 2-D electrophoresis system, manual & automatic sequencer, phosphoimager, high end equipments like QToF, Spot cutter and Spot digester. It has a cold room and an exclusive zone for radioisotopic works. Plant Physiology   emphasizes   basic aspects of plant adaptations at high altitude, basis of dormancy, seed biology, and senescence in tea and ornamentals. Natural products unit is involved in research   activities on    plant   science,    phytochemistry, natural   colors   and essential oil of plant origin and chemical technology to develop bioactive    molecules   and    their   synthesis.     Chemical modification and   formulation    of value added products   from   plant sources. Designing and processing   technology, agrotechnology and release  of complete   production package for important medicinal   and   aromatic  plants for pharmaceutical   and   essential   oil    industry. The unit has a 12 ha area for cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. A 10 Q, 4 Q and 15 kg capacity distillation unit for processing of aromatics. An exclusive 50 kg capacity unit for processing medicinal plants. A series of polyhouses for cultivation of important  endangered high altitude medicinal & aromatic plants. The natural chemistry lab is equipped with NMR, HPLCs, GC-MS, rotavapour, sonicator, microwave synthesizer for undertaking studies on chemotypes, chemical characterization and process development for natural colours and dyes. A bioreactor (10 L) for undertaking studies on bio-transformations. For development of products, facilities like industrial rotavapour (50 Q capacity), spray dryer, filter press, solvent extraction unit, water purification unit and ion exchange columns exist. Its floriculture division research  on   high   value flowers, including agrotechnologies under  greenhouse and open field conditions. Phytosanitation programs for production of disease   free  planting  materials, pre- and post-harvest manage-  ment   of  cut flowers,  developing   hybrids and mutants through    conventional  and  non- conventional breeding  programmes,  indexing and characterisation of  viruses  affecting   ornamentals. Its Tea science division has convergence of expertise from  diverse   disciplines like tea husbandry,  agronomy,   breeding,   entomology,   plant  pathology,    soil  sciences,   irrigation   technology,  processing technology makes HATS a strong  group working for increasing tea productivity and quality.

Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST)

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).

Research: Offers PhD programmes in genetic engineering and molecular biology of plants. 

International Crop Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Kerala Agricultural University

Research: Forestry; Horticulture; Vterinary and animal sciences; Plantation Crops and spices, Pomology and Horticulture

Krishi Vigyan Kendra - Babhaleshwar, Maharashtra

Research: An ICAR unit. An Agricultural Extension project funded by ICAR for dissemination of technology, refinement and assessment of the available packages to suit the local environment.

Llal Bagh Botanic garden, Bangalore

Llyod Botanical Garden, Darjeeling

M.S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai.

Research: Offers PhD programmes.

Madras Agriculture College and Research Institute, Coimbatore

Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology (MPUAT)


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