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  Bioinformatics Sub-DIC was established in November 1998 in the College of Basic Sciences & Humanities, G.B.PantUniversity of agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar. This is one of the first Sub-DIC in Uttarakhand. Since inception, centre is actively involved in teaching and conducting research in bioinformatics. The bioinformatics education to the students is disseminated through theoretical and practical courses in Bioinformatics.

Every year, the Bioinformatics courses- “Elements of Bioinformatics” and “Use of computers in molecular modeling” are being offered by the centre to the PG students of various disciplines including Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Plant Physiology, Plant Breeding and Genetics. Every year more than 60 students enthusiastically enroll and successfully complete these courses. Other than the teaching of university’s students, centre also actively disseminates bioinformatics knowledge to students, researchers and academicians of other universities by conducting on-hand training and organizing workshops both on wide and specific areas of Bioinformatics and System Biology with special reference to the applications in Agricultural Biotechnology. These workshops had always attracted numerous applicants for participation from various part of the country.

The centre has initiated electronic inventerization of plant biodiversity of Uttarakhand. A small database “Uttaranchal Plant Resource DB” of 50 plants, “Nutritional Plant Resource Database of Utttaranchal”, enumerating nutritional and other information about nearly 60 genotypes of small grains has been developed. Database “Cry gene transgenic database” providing comprehensive information about transformed Cry genes in various crops has been developed. Similarly research in Metabolic flux analysis and modeling of Glycolsis in human cells and a Prokaryotic genome visualization tool have been developed and are published in national & international journals. The centre is also actively involved in hands on skill training of Bioinformatics skills by conducting workshops. So far twelve training workshops have been conducted with active funding support from DBT and our university. A web site was launched on-line reflecting the various activities of the Bioinformatics centre, Pantnagar

Apart from teaching and organizing theme-specific workshops, centre is helping the students of other disciplines for successful conducting and analyzing their research experiments, the centre also imparts short duration training to students of other universities who applied for their project/thesis dissertations every year. In year 2010, three students from Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan successfully completed their dissertations and presented their finding in the form of poster presentation in the ‘International conference on Bioinformatics’ held at Bhubneswar (Orissa). Their work in the form research papers has also been communicated/under preparation for publication in reputed international journals for publication.

Major research activities    

G.B.Pant University of Agriculture & Technology is the first agricultural university in India. Since it’s inception, it has had very strong basic sciences disciplines like microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, etc; helping the intensive efforts in plant breeding, plant pathology, horticulture, veterinary, process engineering and food technology. The University has been working on various projects in biotechnology in the areas of crop biotechnology, biological pest & disease control, biofertilizers, process engineering, funded by the Dept. of Biotechnology, besides its own efforts in the areas of vaccine development, immunodiagnostics, embryo transfer technology and plant tissue culture. On the research front, the centre is involved in many in silico work which focuses on many aspects such as identification of interacting partners of MAP Kinases in MAPK signaling cascade. The centre has now started to include machine learning tools in solving complex biological problems, results of which has also been published in international journals. The centre is actively involved supporting the bioinformatics aspects to different on-going projects funded by DBT and other agencies.

For more information:

Coordinator : Dr. Gohar Taj
Bioinformatics Centre
G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
Dist. Udham Singh Nagar
Uttarakhand (India) Pantnagar - 263145
Phone: +91-5944-233320, 233350
Fax: +91-5944-233473


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