Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Centre, Assam University, Silchar is the continuation of Bioinformatics Centre (DBT-BIF) established in 2008. Based on the performance of past years, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India has granted continuation of the centre in the new name and style as Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Centre. Out of 176 centres operating in the whole country only 66 centres have been given continuation and from 28 centres operataing in the North East India only 3 centres have been allowed to continue of which this centre is one. It is an independent centre under School of Life Sciences with full financial assistance from Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. Centre is running Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics (PGDBI) Course of 1 year (2 semester) duration. Till date thirteen batches of students have already completed the course. The 14th batch is on the roll. The main aim of this course is to create skilled manpower in the field of Bioinformatics. The main thrust area of research of the centre is Computer Aided Drug Designing.
Till date the centre has organized two International Conferences, three National Conferences, fifteen workshops & training programmes and several outreach programmes for Senior Secondary (Science) students to popularize Bioinformatics in this region and the entire North East as a whole. The main thrust area of research of the centre is Computer Aided Drug Designing.
The centre has special Journal access facility under DBT’s e-Library Consortium (DeLCON). 1135 nos. of high impacted and peer reviewed journals are accessible from the centre. The centre has extended this facility to whole of Assam University.
Resources Developed: The Centre has developed one database of ant diabetic phytochemicals and is named as DiaBank. This will be made available online soon. Bioinformatics Centre has taken an initiative to publish one journal named “Bioinformatika” starting from this year. The journal will focus on recent discoveries and ideas in the field of Bioinformatics.
As per DBT, Govt. of India Ranking, Bioinformatics Centre of Assam University was ranked fifth (5th) in publications in the field of Bioinformatics among all the Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facilities in different Universities in India in 2015. This was announced in 27th BTISnet meet at Nainital held from 3-4 March 2016. Based on 2014 publication the centre got 1st Rank as announced in the 26th BTISnet meet held at Tirupati from 3 – 4 February 2015. Based on 2013 publication the centre got 4th Rank as announced in the 25th BTISnet meet held at Goa from 3 – 4 February 2014
|Courses Offered||Duration||Number of Seats||Program Course Structure|
|Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics (PGDBI)||Two Semester||30|
PG Diploma in Bioinformatics (Self financing, Add-On Courses). Students and Research Scholars pursuing Post Graduate, M.Phil and Ph.D. are eligible to take up the course simultaneously with their regular course of study. (Classes are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays only).
Eligibility Criteria: Graduate in any Science subject from a recognised University or a graduate in engineering, Technology, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Fishery Science, Medicine or Agriculture are eligible for the Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics Programme. Candidates appearing for Degree (Final Year) Examination in the above mentioned subjects are also eligible to apply for admission.
Duration: One Year (Two semesters). Intake capacity: 30
Certificate Course in Bioinformatics (for Foreign Students)
Duration: Six month (One semesters) Intake capacity: 25
|Name Qualification||Designation||Area of Specialization||Contact & Email ID|
|Prof. Manabendra Dutta Choudhury*, M.Phil.,Ph.D.||Director||Ethnobotany, Medicinal Plants Research and Drug Discoveryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Anupam Das Talukdar*, Ph.D.||Deputy Director||Medicinal Plants Research, Phytochemistry and Natural Productsemail@example.com|
|Dr. Monjur Ahmed Laskar, Ph.D.||Project Scientist||Bioinformatics, Computer Aided Drug Designfirstname.lastname@example.org|
* Faculty members of Department of Life Science and Bioinformatics, Assam University, Silchar.
In addition the centre has other associated faculties from different department of the university.