Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Career in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an emerging field in the area of biotechnology. Bioinformatics is an applied science which uses information technology in the area of molecular Biology. Bioinformatics involves collection, storage, analysis and merge of biological data using computer technology to give quality services to individuals. Bioinformatics is used in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, energy and biotechnology. Bioinformatics aids in identifying waste cleaning bacteria, and produce high yield low maintenance varieties of seeds, and to produce better curative and preventive medicines.

Educational qualification
To take admission in this course you should pass 10+2 with science as the subject. You can go for the following courses.

B.Tech in Bioinformatics
Candidate should complete 10+2 with physics, chemistry, biology and English

Master's Degree in Bioinformatics
Candidate should complete their graduation in any of the following subjects  such as B.Sc / B.Sc (Agriculture)/ MBBS /B Pharm / BAMS / BHMS / BVSc/ BCS / BE / B.Tech /.

Advanced Diploma in Bioinformatics
Candidates having a post graduation in any of the following subjects such as M.Sc in Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Microbiology, Pharmacology,  or Equivalent), M.Sc (Agriculture) or M.Tech or MBBS are eligible for the Advanced Diploma Course.

M.Tech in Bioinformatics (Engineering)           
Pharmacy graduate, medical, dental and veterinary science graduates as well as postgraduates in science are eligible for the admission to M.Tech.

Other than this eligibility for the courses in Bioinformatics in different colleges varies with the universities

Career Prospects
Bioinformatics professionals have many career opportunities. Most of the trained graduates get jobs in pharmaceutical and Biotech companies. Bioinformatics professionals can also work with scientific research institutes of public and private sector. Government and private hospitals offers great opportunities. Industries manufacturing various biomedical products are another good employment provider. Indian IT companies like Infosys, Wipro, Satyam, TCS and companies like Accelrys and IBM Life Sciences Pubgene, Silicon Genetics offer good employments to the bioinformatics candidates.

Bioinformatics is a highly paid career options. A fresh graduate can start his career with  Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 depending upon work profile and experience. Professional working in private sector pharmaceutical companies or MNCs  get a pay scale of Rs 4, 50,000 - Rs 6, 00,000 per annum.

Top Institutes Offering this course.
  • Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore;
  •  Bharathiar university, Coimbatore.
  • Calcutta University, Kolkata;
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad and Hyderabad;
  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi and Kharagpur,
  • Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bangalore;
  • Jamia Millia Ismalia University, New Delhi;
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi;
  • Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai;
  • National Institute of Technology at Bhopal and Rourkela (Orissa);
  •  Pondicherry University, Puducherry;
  • SRM University, Chennai;
  • University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad;
  • Universtiy of Pune, Pune;
  • West Bengal University of Technology; DOEACC Society, Kolkata

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