Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology | RGCB, Thiruvananthapuram

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) is a premier research institute in India, exclusive devoted to research in molecular biology and Biotechnology. This centre runs as a 'grant in aid' institute of the Department of Biotechnology of the Govt. of India.

The institute has highly focused research departments working on medical Biotechnology (Molecular Medicine, Molecular Reproduction, Molecular Microbiology, Cancer Biology & Neurobiology) and plant genetic engineering. The Center has a regional facility for Genetic Fingerprinting, which provides DNA analysis services for forensic & criminal investigations, paternity disputes, identification of wildlife remains, authentication of plants and seeds besides a battery of molecular diagnostics for genetic and infectious diseases. The various academic programs for research are :

PhD Program
Applications are invited twice a year (normally in November and June) and advertised in all national newspapers and on the RGCB website. Vacancies that are available in different laboratories and interdisciplinary programs will be put up on the website.

Minimum Eligibility for Candidates

  • Postgraduation in Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences and medicine graduates.
  • Applicants must have a consistently first class academic track record (no less than 60% aggregates) and a valid research fellowship from UGC, CSIR, ICMR and DBT (Category A only). Candidates with other fellowships are advised to contact the Dean to confirm eligibility.
  • Candidates awaiting final exam results can also apply. However only those candidates with a valid pass certificate will be allowed to appear for the selection interview.
  • Candidates without valid fellowships need not apply .

However candidates with MBBS, MD, MTech, M.Sc. MPharm and MSc (Agriculture) can apply even though they do not have a research fellowship. if selected, they will be supported by institute fellowships. They will be encouraged to obtain a suitable fellowship after joining.
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Post-Doctoral Program
RGCB has regular openings for post-doctoral training (for MDs and PhDs) in select programs of Disease Biology and Molecular Medicine. The trainee positions are normally for programs in Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, infectious diseases, neurological disorders and nanoscience based platforms
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                                                                                                                                                                     Short-Term Training Program
As part of its commitment to human resource development, RGCB permits students at the MSc, Btech, M.Phil and M.Tech levels to carry out dissertation and project work in various disciplines. During the past two years, RGCB has trained more than 300 post-graduate students from various parts of the country.
While this Short-term/summer training satisfies a requirement for completing the Masters program for a large number of candidates, our intentions are to provide these candidates with an exposure to an international quality Biotechnology research environment.
Projects and dissertations may be for 1 month, 2-3 months, 4-6 months or 7-12 months

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Contact Details:
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology
Thycaud PO, Poojappura
Thiruvananthapuram - 695014
Kerala, India  Phone  : +91-471-2341716,2347975
Fax      : + 91- 471-2348096

Email    : info@rgcb.res.in
Website  : http://rgcb.res.in/index.html