The Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), and based on the recommendation of Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, decided to create five undergraduate science universities. One of them is located at Kolkata and was started from 2006. Named as the INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (IISER), these IISERs are designed to reach the prestigious position in the global setting that IISc, IIMs and IITs presently enjoy.
National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) was founded by Sir Robert McCarrison in the year 1918 as ‘Beri-Beri’ Enquiry Unit in a single room laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. Within a short span of seven years, this unit blossomed into a "Deficiency Disease Enquiry" and later in 1928, emerged as full-fledged "Nutrition Research Laboratories" (NRL) with Dr. McCarrison as its first Director. It was shifted to Hyderabad in 1958.
Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has started scouting for industrial partner to licence and commercialise a live, oral cholera vaccine (IOCV) strain, with a view to make an affordable vaccine available in domestic and overseas markets.
Almost two years after announcing the Guidelines for Stem Cell Research Regulation, prescribing stringent procedures for souring and use of stem cells by research institutions in the country, the union health ministry is yet to constitute the National Apex Committee (NAC) for effectively reviewing and monitoring the stem cell research in the country.