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Dr. Renu Swarup, Senior Advisor and Scientist H at the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India took over as Secretary, DBT on 10th of April 2018. She takes over the role from Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, who served as the interim Secretary, DBT. Dr. Renu Swarup’s appointment which is approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet was formally notified today for a period of two years or until attainment of 60 years or until further orders. She was also a member of the task force on Women in Science, constituted by the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister.
Dr. Swarup, who holds a PhD degree in Genetics and Plant Engineering, completed her Post Doctoral studies at The John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. Her career at DBT started in 1989 when she joined the department as a Science Manager. Currently, Dr. Swarup is also a Managing Director of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a public company that promotes innovative research in biotechnology with a special focus on startups and small and medium enterprises.
Past Secretaries of DBT, India:
1. Dr S Ramachandran, First DBT Secretary (1986-1992)
2. Dr C R Bhatia (1993-1995)
3. Dr Manju Sharma (1995-2004)
4. Dr M K Bhan Secretary (2005-2012)
5. Prof. VijayRaghavan (2012-2018)
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