NORTH EASTERN HILL UNIVERSITY,
NEHU CAMPUS, SHILLONG
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
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
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.