MANAV - The Human Atlas Initiative

By Sudheer Kumar K|Updated : November 3rd, 2020

There are tens of thousands of research articles with essential information on human health and disease, spanning from single-molecule resolution to the level of the whole organism.

However, all this information is distributed in different databases, repositories and in the text of journal articles. This makes the seamless extraction of scientific information very challenging and time-consuming process. Hence there has been a pressing need for unification of all the data at a single place for instant access.

MANAV - Human Atlas Initiative

  • MANAV - Human Atlas Initiative is a public-private partnership project.
  • The MANAV project was launched in New Delhi in May 2019 jointly by the Department of Biotechnology and Persistent Systems.
  • It aims to create a unified Human Atlas by mapping the molecular details of every cell, tissue, and organ in the human body by curating all the available information present in scientific literature and public database.
  • It builds a comprehensive map of the whole human body simultaneously comparing both macro (organ/tissue/cell) and micro (molecular interaction networks) level details requires huge investment
  • It will be executed by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the National Center for Sciences (NCCS), another independent institute aided by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology.



  • All the scientific community including academic/industrial/clinical researcher as well as teachers and students can easily access information that is relevant to them from a common and modular platform.
  • It dramatically accelerates our understanding of the working of the human body 
  • It helps design better therapeutic targets for treating diseases like cancer, diabetes and so on.
  • The methodology adopted in Manav project, including the technology and the platform used, can be extrapolated in other national or international science projects in Life Sciences such as biodiversity, ecology and environment etc.


  • Huge Investment: This project will require understanding, extracting and collating information from millions of scientific papers which would need a massive investment of time, effort and manpower.
  • Human resource development: Need to train a large pool of scientifically literate population pursuing a bachelors /masters / PhD to use the annotation tool being developed to collate, curate, manage and visualize this scientific information.


  • MANAV is a first of its kind initiative in India will benefit the scientific community in better understanding concepts and designing better remedies to rare diseases.

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