Science as Bio & Future as Informatics
Bioinformatics is an emerging interdisciplinary area of Science and Technology, encompassing a systematic development and application of IT solution to handle biological information or data obtained by experiments, modeling, database, search and instrumentation. It touches all areas of biology, with application to genome analysis, protein structure, prediction, target identification, drug-design, and metabolomics and systems biology. It is of central importance in the genomic and post-genomic age because of the vast amounts of information that are becoming available from different disciplines for example-sequencing of human, bacterial, rice genomes have unraveled plethora of information which can be put to best use by using this technology. A newcomer to this field might be intimidated by the hype created around BIOINFORMATICS. The programme is designed to provide an experience for an individual from any field to get acquainted with this discipline of BIOINFORMATICS.
BII Program Participation Fee for this program is Rs 10,300 (for participants based in India / USD 750 ( for overseas participants ). Payment is to be made through Demand Draft / At Par Cheque in favor of Bioinformatics Institute of India.
Every student has to pay Rs.300/- per module as examination fees . Examination fee for overseas participants is USD 30 Per Module
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At the end of the duration of a program, participants go through a well defined evaluation process which is held on all India basis.
Bioinformatics - The latest & hottest buzzword is the field of science in which biology, computer science and information technology merges into a single discipline. The ultimate goal of Bioinformatics is to enable the discovery of new biological insights as well as to create a global perspective from which unifying principles in biology can be discerned.
In USA, Europe and now in India also, if you ask anyone about job prospects in the world of Bioinformatics, young professionals will give the same answer. The field is hot. Some of the biggest drug firms like SmithKline Beecham, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Glaxo Wellcome etc. are hunting for Bioinformatics experts while smaller firms have difficulties to get the staffers they want. Same is true for the renowned IT companies.
First there is clearly the shift from what was primarily a very successful global scientific research effort into exploitation. Within 10 years, all new drug designs are going to be genomics-related. Here is a $300 billion pharmaceutical industry, and a very fast-growing biotech industry to support it. You have a $300 billion industry spending $30-40 billion a year in R&D: huge efforts, no tools. There are very good sequencers around, good instruments; there isn't very much software to support it.
So everybody is scrambling. There is an acute shortage for Bioinformatics and Molecular Modeling specialists. It is a golden opportunity for you to become Bioinformatics professional because the international salaries range from US$80,000/- to US$2,00,000/- per annum.
Bioinformatics is the new global wave. Companies and Governments in the business of developing drugs, agriculture, chemicals, hybrid plants, plastics, petroleum derivatives, Information technology among others are developing Bioinformatics divisions and looking to it to provide new avenues and research output to help replace scarce natural resources.
India, being a forerunner among the countries having the knowledge edge, is expected to play a leading role in the Bioinformatics revolution. Bioinformatics Institute of India aims at being the frontrunner and pioneer in the Indian Bioinformatics initiative.
India has expert software professionals and qualified and experienced Biologists/ Biotechnologists but lacks a combination which is now known as Bioinformatics Professional.
Prospective employers include Pharmaceutical companies in India/ abroad, R&D organization, Academic Institutions, Government Organizations, Software Companies & Product Marketing Companies. There are great opportunities to work as Scientists, Researchers, Software Developers, Database Developers, Consultants, Trainers and Academicians.
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