The TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Research Centre, jointly run by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of India and Deakin University, Australia, will undergo a major expansion to meet the growing need for scientific solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Announcing the expansion today, Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander and TERI Director-General Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri said the TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Research Centre (TD-NBC) would be housed in a new state-of-the-art facility in Gual Pahari, Gurgaon near New Delhi.

TERI – one of India’s most prestigious and innovative research organisations – would also have a presence in Australia at Deakin University’s campus in Geelong, 85km from Melbourne.

The TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Centre (TD-NBC)

Currently, TD-NBC is home to 19 full-time research scientists, project associates and technicians with varied expertise as well as 13 PhD students. The new facility will be built on a one-hectare site and comprise an industry incubation centre. The centre has secured 10 research projects with additional contribution of AUD1.3 million which fully meets, or even exceeds the capacity of the current facility.

With almost equal investments from TERI and Deakin equating to around AUD10 million, the new infrastructure will be operational by 2015, with the capacity to accommodate the envisaged 100-plus researchers, including 50 PhD students, co-supervised by Deakin and TERI faculty members.