The National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) is an autonomous organisation aided by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. It was established with a tripartite mandate of serving as a national repository of animal cell cultures, undertaking research in cell biology and human resource development. NCCS is located within the academically-enriched campus of the S. P. Pune University. Since inception, NCCS has been carrying out cutting-edge research in cell biology, has been providing valuable services as a national animal cell repository and has been supporting human resource development through various teaching and training programmes. NCCS has been at the forefront of basic research in diverse fields of cell biology, especially those addressing paramount human health issues like cancer, metabolic and infectious diseases, and regenerative medicine. The research at NCCS is focused on answering challenging questions through approaches that integrate modern and conventional disciplines, including computational and structural biology, genomics and proteomics, stem cell biology, immunology and microbiology.

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Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra and is located around 150 kilometers south-east of Mumbai by road. It is a beautiful city, surrounded by hills rising to 800 m (2600 ft.) above the sea. Pune is also the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra and is famous for its education, arts and crafts, music and theatres. The major tourist attractions near Pune are Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Lavasa, Shaniwar Wada, Pratapgad Fort, Karla caves and many more.