A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on September 1, 2016 between the Government of India (GOI) and the Nobel Media AB, for jointly organizing the Nobel Prize Series in India for the next five years. Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, represented the Government of India. Another trilateral Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the DBT, Nobel Media AB and the Government of Gujarat represented by Additional Chief Secretary Mr. P. K. Taneja, to host the first Nobel Prize Series in India. The Series to be held in January 2017 is the culmination of these efforts to bring it to India.

Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, DBT, GOI noted, “The three parties share a common wish to stimulate engagement in science – scientific discoveries have great impact on society and broaden our understanding of the universe.”