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Environmental Biotech

Research Centres* in India-Ongoing Projects


All India Coordinated Project of Micro and Secondary Nutrients and Pollutant Elements in Soils & Plants

Research: An ICAR unit. Its mission is Soil fertility management through balanced use of micro- and secondary- nutrients for enhancing and sustaining high crop productivity of soil resource with minimal environmental pollution.

Andhra University ; Visakhapatnam

Research: Environmental sciences, NAAC ‘A’ accredited.

Annamalai University; ;

Research: Environmental biotechnology.

Assam University , Silchar, Assam.

Research: Research in Microbial Ecology, Environmental sciences, Aquaculture and fishery.

Barkatullah University.

Research: Fresh Water Ecology.

Bharathidasan University , Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, 620024.

Research: NAAC- A, PG Diploma in Eco-Biotechnology.

Bhawalkar Ecological Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra- 411009.

Research: Vermicomposting and waste management

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS-Pilani) Vidya Vihar, Pilani 333031, Ph: 42090, 42192 Fax: 01596-44183. Campuses at Pilani, Dubai, Goa, & 4rth campus to be opened in 2008 at Jawaharnagar, Hyderabad.

Research: NAAC 5 star. PhD program.

Birla Institute of Technology, Meshra, (BIT), Ranchi, Jharkhand (INDIA)-835215, 

Research: A Deemed University, NAAC and NBA accredited. Research on Biofuels, Biodiversity conservation, Cultivation of endangered medicinal plants. The new 'state-of-the-art' instrumentation facilities included are MegaBACE Automated DNA sequencer, GC-Mass Spectrophotometer, GC (FID), Real Time PCR, HPLC, Typhoon Laser imager, Lypholizer, Thermal cyclers, Gene pulser, Microplate reader, 2D electrophoresis system, Chromatography system, Spectrophotometers, Fluorimeters, Modern microscope with digital imaging system, Leica microscope with colony counter, Leica fluorescence microscope, Lab and Pilot scale Bioreactors, Cross-flow filtration systems. Provide summer trainings to college students.

C. P. Ramaswamy Ayar Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC), Chennai, Tamil Nadu. 91-44-24337023, 24346526, 

Research: Environmental education efforts in South India among school children, local communities. Lab related to water and wastewater quality, Ambient (Outdoor) air quality, Soil, Vermicompost quality.

Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Willingdon Island, P.O. Matsyapuri, Cochin. Kerala PIN 682029. Fax: +91 (0) 484 668212. ALSO PB No. 7392, Kakori Camp, Jaiprakash Road, Versova, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Pin Code: 400061. Telephone: +91-22-26361446-7-8, 26320395 / 26363404 / 26348223. Fax: +91-22-26361573, 26348223.

Research: A unit of ICAR. Research in all disciplines relating to fishing and fish processing is undertaken. The institute started functioning at Cochin in 1957.  Research centers function at Veraval (Gujarat), Visakhapatnam (AP), Burla (Orissa), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Calicut (Kerala) and Hoshangabad (MP). The research work at CIFT is carried by various research divisions. These are Fishing Technology Division which strives to address major issues facing the fishing industry today, like Protection of biodiversity, Environmental safety, Energy conservation in fish harvesting, By-catch, discards and protection of endangered species; and Microbiology, fermentation and biotechnology division focuses its activities on monitoring the aquatic environment for human pathogen and for development of remedial measures.

Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Kausalyaganga, Bhubaneswar 751 002. Orissa Fax No. : 0674 - 2465407 Phone Nos. : 0674 2465421.

Research: A unit of ICAR, which conducts research specifically in pond environmental monitoring and aquaculture engineering for developing intensive and extensive warm freshwater farming systems for commercially important finfish and shellfish; it provides specialised training and extension programmes in freshwater aquaculture to enable economic utilisation of cultivated and cultivable freshwater resources of the country.

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Post Box No. 1603, Ernakulam North P.O., Kochi-682 018. Phone: (Resi): 2533111. (Off): 2394357, 2391407, 2394867, 2394312, 2397569, 2394268, 2394750, 2394296. Telegram: Cadalmin, Ernakulam. Fax: 0091-0484-2394909.

Research: An ICAR unit. Its mandate includes undertaking basic, strategic and applied research in marine fisheries and mariculture; monitoring and assessing the fisheries resources of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and to understand the stock and its dynamics in relation to environment and human interventions; To develop and commercialize hatchery and production system technologies for finfish, shellfish and other commercial marine organisms in coastal and open seas; To build up database on marine biodiversity, carry out research on fragile marine ecosystems for their conservation and restoration; To undertake research on utilization of potentially beneficial marine organisms. To act as a repository of information on marine fishery resources with a systematic and analytical database for policy interventions and to carry out research on social and economic costs and benefits of marine fisheries; To conduct front line demonstrations and training to develop human resources for R&D in capture fisheries, mariculture; and to create awareness and provide training and consultancy services.

Central Soil & Water Conservation Research & Training Institute (CSWCRTI). 218, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand Pin 248195. Tel: 0135-754213, 75538626.  

Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), Kachawa Road, Karnal - 132001 (India). Phone: 91-184-2290501. Fax:91-184-2290480,

Research: Its research themes are- Data Base on Salt Affected Soils Reclamation and Management of Alkali Soils. Management of Waterlogged/Saline Soils Management of Marginal Quality Waters, Crop Improvement for Salinity, Alkalinity and Waterlogging Stresses, Agro-forestry in Salt Affected Soils Reclamation and Management of Alkali Soils of Central and Eastern Gangetic Plains, Reclamation and Management of Salt-affected Vertisols Reclamation and Management of Coastal Saline Soils.

Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Uppal Road, Hyderabad 500 007, India. Phone:+91-40-27160222-41(20 lines). Fax: :+91-40-27160591, 27160311,

Research: One of the constituent national laboratories of CSIR. Areas of work include DNA fingerprinting ans conservation of endangered species. Provide summer training to MSc. And B.Tech students.

Council of Industrial Research (CSIR), Anusandhan Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi- 110 001, India. Fax: 011-23710618 (DG's Office). Phone: 011-23737889 (Reception)

Research: CSIR a premier industrial R&D organization in India constituted in 1942 aims to provide industrial competitiveness, social welfare, strong S&T base for strategic sectors and advancement of fundamental knowledge. It is one of the world’s largest publicly funded R&D organisations having linkages to academia, R&D organisations and industry. CSIR has 38 labs that knit India into a giant network adding quality to the life of each and every Indian and equally having Global Research Alliance. Of the 229 US patents granted in 2004-05 to Indian inventors (excluding foreign assignees), CSIR has 140 (61.1%). It provides financial support to the public and private institutes on basic and applied research projects. Conduct National Eligibility Test for JRF and Lecturership.

Environment Protection Training & Research Institute [EPTRI]

Research: A premier agency in India, provides training, consultancy, applied research services and extends advocacy in the area of environment protection to industries, regulatory bodies, Government Organizations and NGOs and works towards bringing about change for a more balanced development. It covers environmental issues such as protected areas and biodiversity, urban agglomeration, environmental awareness, Human Resource Development, Capacity Building and Research. 

Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute , Bangalore. 

Research: EMPRI functions under Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). The institute undertake training of State Pollution Control Board officials, representatives of the industry, NGO's, representatives of the Municipal bodies, Hospital administrators and employees, public sector employees as well as Government employees. Cleaner technology is a strong concern of EMPRI and hence it provides consultancy apart from creating awareness about minimizing waste. It suggests alternate technology for waste re-use and treatment. Clean Tech centre works in close liaison with several Cleaner Production centres in the country.Consultancy is a major wing of EMPRI. The Institute takes up any type of consultancy work on turnkey basis, including technical verification.

Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED)

Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation

Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP)

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan, Pusa, New Delhi 110 012. Telefax: (011) 25843657.

Research: ICAR includes Institutes, Bureaux, National Research Centres and Project Directorates having manpower of about 30,000 personnel out of which nearly 7000 are engaged in active research and its management. Under the aegis of ICAR 38 Agricultural Universities (SAUs) employ about 26,000 scientists for teaching, research and extension education; of these over 6000 scientists are employed in the ICAR supported coordinated projects. ICAR has large number collabrations with national and international institutions. It acts as a repository of information and provides consultancy on agriculture, horticulture, resource management, animal sciences, agricultural engineering, fisheries, agricultural extension, agricultural education, home science and agricultural communication. ICAR trains 6 lakh farmers are trained every year in various fields of agriculture such as Crop Production, Plant Protection, Livestock Production and Management, Soil and Water Management, home science, poultry, dairying, piggery, bee-keeping, fisheries, fruit & vegetable preservation, maintenance and repairing of farm machinery and tools, and hybrid seed production. Organizes summer training, workshops, seminars and winter schools. One can procure CDs at affordable price on various aspects of agriculture.

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education  (ICFRE), P.O. New Forest, Dehradun, (Uttarakhand) – India, Pin Code: 248006. Phone: +91-135-2759382; Fax: +91-135-2755353.

Research: It was constituted by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, in December 1986 to formulate, organize, direct and manage forestry research; transfer developed technologies to States and other agencies; and impart forestry education. The Council has 8 Research Institutes and 4 Advanced Centres in different parts of the country to cater to the research needs of different  bio-geographical regions of the nation. The institutes are as follows :
Forest Research Institute (FRI) Dehradun Arid Forest Research Institute (AFRI) Jodhpur 

Tropical Forest Research Institute (TFRI) Jabalpur

Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB)Coimbatore

Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI) Shimla

Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) Jorhat 

Institute of Forest Productivity (IFP) Ranchi 

Institute of Woods Science and Technology (IWST)Bangalore 

Forest Research Centre (FRC) Hyderabad 

Centre for Forestry Research and Human Resource Development (CFRHRD) Chhindwara 

Centre for Social Forestry and Eco-Rehabilitation (CSFER) Allahabad 

Advanced Research Centre for Bamboo and Rattans (ARCBR), Aizawl

The Directorate also approves the committees for the selection of JR/SRF/RA's for implementation of projects in ICFRE institutes. The Directorate also conducts training for Scientific Cadre, Managerial Cadre & Technical Cadre of ICFRE and its institutes. Directorate of Education aims at promotion of forestry education at under- graduation and post-graduation levels in the States Agricultural Universities by providing necessary infrastructural support to them.

Indian council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI), Jhansi

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.

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

Research: A unit of CSIR. Areas of research include, toxicological studies.

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

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.

Industrial Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC), Lucknow,

Institute of Bioresources and sustainable development (IBSD)

Research:  A DBT supported autonomous institution. 

Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Near Jubilee Hall, Mall Road, Delhi-110 007, Ph. No. 91-011-27666156/157, 27667602, 27667439. Fax: 91-011-27667471. Email:,

Research: A CSIR Unit. Its comparative genomics & gene expression profiling programmes mainly involve in establishing advanced facility for safety evaluation of genetically modified/engineered drugs. Its Environmental biotechnology group at IGIB specializes in the areas of Microbial Genomics and Treatment of Industrial Effluents. It has signed MoU with several institutes and company in India and abroad to carry out collaborative research.

Institute of Microbial Technology, Sector 39-A, Chandigarh - 160036 (INDIA). PH: +91-172-2695215, 2695225, 2636680 – 94.

Research: A unit of CSIR. Molecular Biology: Molecular biology of stress tolerance. Applied & Environmental Microbiology : Microbial diversity, environmental biotechnology, biotransformations, vaccines, extremophiles and their metabolites. Biosensors: Immunodiagnostics of pesticides and other environmental pollutants based on bioprobe-electronic interfacing. PhD program.

Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST)

National Botanical Research Institute, Rana Pratap Marg, Post Box No. 436, Lucknow-226 001, U.P, India. Tel: +91-0522-2205831-35, Ext- 208, 209, Fax: +91-0522-2205673.

Research: NBRI is a premier plant based multidisciplinary, state-of-art national R&D Centre of CSIR undertaking research from classical taxonomy to cutting edge areas of modern biology-including both applied and basic research in the fields of, conservation biology, environmental sciences, plant biodiversity, taxonomy and tree biology, biomass biology, botanic garden, herbarium, and ethno-pharmacology and conservation and sustainable utilization of the non crop plant genetic resources of the country. Offers PhD programmes.

National Bureaue of Animal Genetic Resources, P.B. No.129, Karnal, HARYANA Pin- 132001. Fax No. 0184-253654

Research: An ICAR unit. It is responsible for identification, evaluation, characterisation, conservation and utilisation of livestock and poultry genetic resources in India.

National Bureaue of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Shankar Nagar, Amravati Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Pin 440010; Fax No. 0712-522534.

Research: An ICAR unit. It was setup in 1976 with a mandate to provide a research input in the soil survey activities of the country and also carryout soil resource mapping programs at national, state and district level for land use planning.

National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nehru Marg, Nagpur, 440020, India. Tel: 0712-2249885-88 & 2249970-72. Fax: 0712-2249900.

Research: A unit of CSIR. Its main Research divisions are Environmental biotechnology, environmental genomics, environmental impact and risk Assesment, environmental material unit, environemental system desugn and modeling, solid waste management and wastewater technology. Offers training programs. Offers PhD programmes.

National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology(NIIST) (Formerly Regional Research Laboratory) (CSIR), Industrial Estate, Trivandrum – 695019, India. Tel:+91-(0)471- 2490674/2490811/2490224;Fax:+91-(0)471-2491712/2490186.

Research: A constituent Laboratory of CSIR. Formerly regional research laboratory. NIIST is India engaged in R&D Programs in the area of Agroprocessing, Materials & Minerals, Biotechnology and Process Engineering and Environmental Science & Technology. The programmes have a blend of basic research and technology development & commercialization; have specific thrusts on frontier areas of research, National Mission Projects, regional resource-based activities and R & D - Industry - Academia linkages. The Laboratory has excellent collaborative programmes with major National & International agencies too.

National Institute of Ayurveda, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Madhav Vilas Palace, Amer Road, Jaipur-302002, Ph.091-141-2635709,2635816,  Fax: 91-141-2635709.

Research: It is engaged in research activities, like Ethanobotanical and Ethanomedicinal Survey. Also engaged in training activities

National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur-831007 | Tel: +91-657-2271709-14, 2271715, 2271251 | Fax: 91-657-2270527, 2271159.

Research: A unit of CSIR. Mainly chemistry based metallurgical research work is carried out but Bio-mineralization research work is also carried our one such project includes ‘Biomineral Processing for extraction of metal values from ores / concentrates’.

National Research Centre for Agroforestry, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

Research: An ICAR unit. Mandated to undertake basic and applied research for developing and delivering technologies based on sustainable agroforestry practices on farms, marginal and wastelands for different agroclimatic zones in India.

National Research Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi

Research: An ICAR unit. Through the partnerships, NCIPM plans and conducts eco-friendly IPM research and development programmes which are essentially required for sustainable agriculture and environmental security.

National Research Centre for Weed Science, Madhya Pradesh

Research: An ICAR unit. Mandated to undertake basic and applied research for developing strategies for efficient weed management in different agro-ecological zones

Tata Energy Research Institute, (TEERI), New Delhi

University of Madras

Research: Environmental sciences and Environmental Toxicology; accredited by NAAC at five star level.

University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India-302004

Research: Bioremediation of pollutant-Dye, Population biology, Biodiversity study and its conservation, and Enthnobotany.  PhD program available


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