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The BTIS net programme of this Department has today developed into an extensive nationwide Network covering over 120 institutions, spread geographically all over the country. The Network is engaged in providing support to Biotechnology research, creating human resources in Bioinformatics and carrying out research in different areas of Bioinformatics. Scientists of this network have published more than 1000 bioinformatics research papers in peer reviewed journals in last five years and helped in publishing more than 3000 research papers in biology and biotechnology. Fifty two Bioinformatics facilities (BIF) were established towards introducing innovation in Biology Teaching through Bioinformatics (BTBI). These facilities will be a centralized resource of individual institutions to support bioinformatics tools and resources for the enhancement of learning capabilities in Biology and Biotechnology.

Initiated focused multi-institutional consortium projects in Bioinformatics to address specific problems through bioinformatics approach. Bioinformatics and experimental biology collaborative projects are being considered so as to improve the contribution of bioinformatics in wet lab biotechnology research. The Centres of Excellence in Bioinformatics such as JNU and University of Pune have upgraded their Diploma courses in bioinformatics to M. Tech in Computational and Systems Biology and M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, respectively. A national level Bioinformatics Certification (BINC) Examination was initiated this year to recognize the quality of human resources available in the country in Bioinformatics.

An unprecedented success made in organising the 5th International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB2006) in India. Over 1,000 registrants for this conference with 400 posters, 20 papers were published in BMC Bioinformatics with Impact Factor 4.96 and others in J BioScience. The 2nd ASIAN-INDIA workshop on Bioinformatics was also conducted in this year for the benefit of 30 ASEAN country scientists including scientists from India.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 09-02-2011