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Leading institutes for Bioinformatics in India
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Want to pursue a career in Bioinformatics? Here are some of the leading colleges and universities in India - Written by Maitree Baral

Bioinformatics is a multi disciplinary approach that involves computational, mathematical and statistical methods to decipher the biological information. It is an emerging field having a lot of scope for research. Currently students and researchers are showing more interest in getting deep into this new arena of biology, where mathematics, statistics and computer science knowledge is being implemented for deciphering biological concepts. And since the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP), the importance and demand has become more imperative in this field.

Bioinformatics has reached its adulthood in India! Since its inception into the curriculum of Indian Institutes, there hasn’t been a setback for this course. It has been accepted more vehemently, than it was supposed to be. It is because of the fact that, it is something beyond the stereotypical biological researches. What excites researchers more is the application of computer science and mathematics throughout the research. And all these factors make Bioinformatics one-of-its-kind in the entire research world.

There are a number of Institutes in India offering courses in Bioinformatics, basically at graduate and post graduate levels (B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Tech and M.Tech). The minimum eligibility criterion for getting admitted into a professional degree course (B.Sc. and B.Tech) of Bioinformatics is a pass in 10+2 with a biology back ground. Similarly for getting enrolled into a postgraduate course (M.Sc. and M.Tech) in bioinformatics, one needs to have a biology background with a pass in graduation. These eligibility conditions are uniform throughout all the institutes of the country. Along with these, Diploma courses are also available in bioinformatics.

Given below are some of the best Indian institutes providing courses in bioinformatics:

B.Sc. Bioinformatics
• Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Madhya Pradesh
• Pondicherry University, Puducherry
• Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala
• Manipal University, Maharashtra
• Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab
• Punjab University, Chandigarh
• Shivaji University, Maharashtra
• Bharathidasan University, TamilNadu
• Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Maharashtra
• Awadhesh Pratap Singh University, Madhya Pradesh
• Sardar Patel University, Gujarat

M.Sc. Bioinformatics
• Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya : School of Biotechnology, Madhya Pradesh
• Sri Ramachandra University College of Biomedical Sciences, Tamil Nadu
• IFTM University, Uttar Pradesh
• Bharathidasan University, TamilNadu
• Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Maharashtra
• University of Pune : Bioinformatics Centre, Maharashtra
• Pondicherry University : Bioinformatics Centre, Puducherry
• University of Calcutta, West Bengal
• Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi

B.Tech Bioinformatics
• Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Uttar Pradesh
• Amity University, Uttar Pradesh
• Dr. D.Y. Patil Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Institute, Maharashtra
• Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu
• IASE University, Uttar Pradesh
• Jaypee University of Information Technology, Himachal Pradesh
• Karunya University, Tamil Nadu
• Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Madhya Pradesh
• SRM University, Tamil Nadu

M.Tech Bioinformatics
• SRM University, Tamil Nadu
• Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Madhya Pradesh
• Karunya University, Tamil Nadu
• Poonaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu
• NIIT University, Rajasthan
• University of Pune, Maharashtra

Diploma in Bioinformatics
• Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu
• Assam University, Assam
• Haryana Agricultural University, Haryana
• Banasthali University, Rajasthan

Bioinformatics has ample of scope in India. Fields like sequence analysis, database design maintenance, proteomics, genomics, pharmacogenomics, pharmacology, drug designing, 3D structure modeling are being researched extensively. One can go for research in the leading research institutes of the country, hospitals, private research laboratories and pharmaceutical companies and industries as Research Associate (RA), Junior Research Fellow (JRF), Senior Research Fellow (SRF) and Project Assistants. One can also go for Doctoral in bioinformatics, immediately after getting the Masters degree by clearing national level exams like Bioinformatics National Certification Examination (BINC) and National Eligibility Test (NET). Moreover since the current trend in the employment sector requires the knowledge of computer science in addition to the mainstream career, having a professional degree in bioinformatics help the students in finding a job in any IT sector (Wipro, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Accelrys, Inc., etc.) as well. The computational aspect of Bioinformatics proves to be very beneficial for students as it opens up job prospects in other sectors, like banking.

Finally, in a nutshell, bioinformatics initiated as an effort to digitalize the biological research area which eventually proved to be a milestone in the research sector.

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