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The Society for Biomedical Technology (SBMT) is an interministerial initiative of the Government of India established to promote healthcare by providing indigenous solutions in the field of medical equipment and devices.


The Society for Biomedical Technology was established under the Department of Defence Research and Development DRDO) in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The activities of the Society are carried out by the Laboratories of Defence Research and Development Organisation and a few other well known Academic Institutions and Medical Centres.


The Society was officially launched on 27 June 1993 at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad by Dr. P Rama Rao, the then Secretary, DST in the presence of His Excellency Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India and the then Secretary, DRDO & also Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri. The Society was registered at Bangalore under the Registrar of Societies, Karnataka on 1st October 1993 and the registered office of SBMT is located at Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL), Bangalore. The Director, DEBEL functions as the Chief Executive of the Society.


The Society is governed by the MANAGEMENT COUNCIL chaired jointly by the Secretaries of DRDO and DST and includes the Secretaries from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment among others (vide below for constitution). In addition, the activities are guided by the PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT BOARD and the ADVISORY COUNCIL.

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