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About Us

About Us

The South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) is a not-for-profit scientific organization that aims at serving as a knowledge hub and helps in bridging the knowledge gap between science and society about biotechnology and its vitally important contribution to food, feed and fibre security, and growth prospects for the bioeconomy of India.

Objectives of SABC:

  • First, to share credible information on farm innovation and biotechnology with the society to improve public understanding, and
  • Second, to facilitate the transfer of farm innovation and biotechnological applications from the lab to land.

SABC Scientific Team:

Dr. C.D. Mayee

Dr. Mayee is the President of the Board of Directors of the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi and concurrently serving as Vice President of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi. Dr Mayee obtained his agricultural degrees from Maharashtra and PhD specialized in plant pathology and epidemiology from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He commenced his career in plant pathology research at IARI and worked in various capacities in Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack; Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana; Maharashtra Agricultural University (MAU) Parbhani for nearly 30 years. The research, teaching and extension experience led him to work as Vice Chancellor-MAU Parbhani; Director-Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR) Nagpur and Agriculture Commissioner, Government of India, New Delhi before retiring as the Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India. Though specialized in Plant Pathology, Dr. Mayee committed himself for the growth of Indian Agriculture. In Plant Pathology, he guided 20 PhD and more than 38 MSc students, wrote books and monograph, published over 200 scientific publications in journals of repute and served the cause through development of the subject. During his scientific career, Dr. Mayee promoted the production technologies of cotton, groundnut, sunflower, coarse cereals and always remained active in sports, games, cultural activities, helping students in placement. Dr. CD Mayee can be reached at: charumayee@sabc.asia

Dr. P. Balasubramanian

Dr. P. Balasubramanian is the Scientific Director of the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi. Dr, Bala served as professor at Agricultural College and Research Institute of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Vazhavachanur, Tamil Nadu. He was former Director of Centre for Plant Molecular Biology (CPMB) at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore. He is specialized in modern plant biotechnology and molecular plant pathology, He was trained at University of California, Davis, USA; John Innes Centre, UK and the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA. He is also serving as Editor-in-Chief of a plant molecular biology journal published from Tamil Nadu. He is a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committees of the several research organizations including Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore, Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirapalli, PSG Institute of Technology and Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Quinquiennial Review Team on Spices Research and Tamil Nadu Biotechnology Board, Coimbatore. Dr. P Balasubramanian can be reached at: bala@sabc.asia

Dr. Govind Gujar

Dr. Govind Gujar is the Research Scientist at the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi. Dr. Gujar earned his MSc and PhD in Entomology at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and later worked as an EU Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellow in UK and Germany during 1995-96. He has an experience of research, teaching and extension in the field of entomology for more than 37 years at IARI, New Delhi. He was the head of Division of Entomology for 9 years prior to his superannuation in 2015. As a DBT Visiting Research Professor, he was associated with the DST Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology, Guwahati in 2015-16. He worked on the development of insect protective transgenic cole crops in collaboration with US, Australian and other colleagues for a decade. He has an expertise on insect resistance management to Bt crops and insecticides. He has also studied insect plant relationships, insect pollination, insecticide and microbial pesticide use, and integrated pest management in cotton and cole crops. Currently, he is leading SABC projects particularly on sustainability of Bt transgenic crops and pest management tactics, pollinators and pollination and the environmental issues related to pesticide use. Dr Govind Gujar can be reached at: govind@sabc.asia

Bhagirath Choudhary

Bhagirath Choudhary is the Founder Director of the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi. Bhagirath is a seasoned agriculture professional with more than 15 years of experience in technology management, technology transfer and innovation management in agriculture sector in India. He is also associated with the Department of Molecular Biotechnology of the School of Bioscience Engineering, Gent University, Belgium. Bhagirath is credited with four books and has published extensively in high impact scientific journals and contributed many articles in popular media. He is instrumental in transfer of QPM maize technology and Zero Erucic Mustard technology from the lab to the land. Bhagirath Choudhary can be reached at: bhagirath@sabc.asia

Research & Outreach Partners:

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare (MOA&FW)
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF&CC)
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs)
  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi
  • Ladakh Farmers & Producers Cooperative Ltd, Leh, Ladakh