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  The DIC at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong started functioning from November 1999. The Centre has greatly met the need for relevant IT services of the University and adjoining institutions of the northeastern region of the country. In the past seven years more than ten thousand users of the region have used the Centre’s facilities and services. National trainings, refresher courses at the University level, and regular in-house training for researchers, M. Sc. students and staff of the University on IT relevance in biological science are the regular feature of Centre’s activities.
Till date 13 national training programmes and 8 refresher courses have been conducted. A National Seminar on 'Patenting in Biotechnology' sponsored by DBT was organized by the Centre in October 2003. The Centre also gives access to subscribed Biotechnology Abstracts and Reference Update to users and also to email on request. The Internet access, recently upgraded to Leased Line, scanning, and printing, has greatly benefitted the researchers and students who otherwise have very limited access to such services and facilities.
  The Centre has compiled data in HTML format on CD for the “Helminth Parasite Spectrum in Northeast India” (submitted to DBT for copyright and publishing), “Traditional Fermented Foods and Beverages of the Sikkim Himalayas"; "Medicinal Plants of Meghalaya” and "Mosquito Fauna of Northeast India with Special Reference to Medically Important Vectors". Another focal point of the activity is development of software on Visual basic for information on classification and taxonomy of plants.
Major research activities    
  • Information node of BTISnet: The Centre is part of the National Bioinformation Network and functions as an information base in various areas of Biosciences and Biodiversity for the entire north-east ever since its inception.
  • Nodal centre of North East Bioinformatics Network (NEBInet): The BIC at NEHU serves as a nodal centre for the newly constituted NEBInet by DBT, GOI comprising 3 Sub-DIC's and 26 Bioinformatics Facilities through Biology teaching (BIF-BTBI) Centre's since 2008 spanning 8 states of North-East.
  • Nodal centre for operating DBT-sponsored Online Access Facility of Library Resources (OAFLR) for 36 Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools in North Eastern States of India through 8 BIF-BTBI Coordinators.
  • Identified as one of the 18 nodal Centre in North-East Region to operate and monitor the DBT e-Library Consortium (DeLCON) facility (that comprises a total of 917 selective Journals and a Database (SCOPUS) for NEHU).
  • DBT-sponsored Bioinformatics National Certification Examination Exam Centre (BINC): BIC, NEHU as one of the seven Examination Centres for conducting BINC Exam (the year 2008 onwards).
  • identified for the first phase of Bio-Resource Information Centre (BRICs) and portal development under Indian Biodiversity Information Network (IBIN), DBT, Govt. of India
  • Dissertation Training: Students pursuing post-graduation in any branch of biosciences are trained in Bioinformatics for a period of 3-6 months towards their dissertation work as a partial fulfillment of their M.Sc. degree.

  • For more information:
Coordinator : Prof. Pramod Tandon
Bioinformatics Centre
North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong 793 022
Phone: (0364) 255 0150, 272 2312, 272 1241, 272 1242, 272 2214, 272 2244
Fax: (0364) 255 0150, 255 0300



Prof. Veena Tandon
Bioinformatics Centre
North Eastern Hill University
Shillong 793 022
Phone : + 91 364 272 2312/ 2550300
Fax: +91 364 2550300

Contact person


Mr. Devendra Kumar Biswal
Information Officer
Bioinformatics Centre
North Eastern Hill University
Shillong 793 022
Phone : + 91 364 2721241

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