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  NATIONAL BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, LUCKNOW
 
  Bioinformatics SubDIC was initiated by Shri Y.K. Alagh, the then Hon’ble Minister of Science and Technology and VP CSIR, as joint venture in between DBT and CSIR in the year 1997 on the basis of a base paper on International Legume Database (ILDIS) programme of the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI),. DBT nominated Dr. Sudershan Kumar to act as Coordinator in 1997. DBT finally awarded a subDIC that was finally inaugurated and dedicated to the nation by Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, the then DG, CSIR on 21.7.2001 and the following are mandates of the subDIC:
  • to undertake Bioinformatics research for providing stimulus to bioinformatics by initiating database standards, software production, digitization of plant diversity information and bringing Bioinformatics to many traditional botanists and several other institutions at regional, national and international level.
  • to facilitate the study and conservation of Indian biodiversity by the development and maintenance of plant species diversity database. This includes: comprehensive database of all Indian plants on web .

  • to update and upgrade the Legume database of South Asia, which is developed and maintained in collaboration with ILDIS, UK. (www.ildis.org).
  • to establish a herbarium database and network the herbaria of India.
  • to strengthen the linkages with national (DBT's BTIS network) and international (ILDIS, UK, etc.) and other international database programmes.
Major research activities    

As a main activity, under the aegis of International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS), a scientifically validated unique database of 2030 legumes of eight South Asian Countries viz. India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Myanmar and Pakistan was developed at NBRI Bioinformatics subDIC (NBRI-subDIC) and established the linkage with ILDIS, UK and database is available on internet (www.ildis.org). South Asia legume database is an online resource of DBT. NBRI subDIC is continuously updating and upgrading this database. The database containing servers and PCs were blocked from July 2009 – June, 2010 and hence progress of upgradation suffered a lot and output preparation is blocked for a considerably long time and outputs are to be made.

NBRI subDIC infrastructure facilities were used to undertake several other important national and international projects.

  • Plants of India database was initiated and it aims to develop an online database of all groups of plants of India. A database of 19000 species of higher plants (Angiosperms) has been developed. Using unique software designed and developed by NBRI subDIC in collaboration with IIT, Kanpur. The database contains information on species nomenclature, including scientific names, common names, geographical distribution, descriptors, uses, and maps etc. The database containing servers and PCs were blocked from July 2009 – June, 2010 and hence progress of upgradation suffered a lot and output preparation is blocked for a considerably long time and outputs are to be made.
  • NBRI subDIC was entrusted the responsibility and establishment of India Nodal Station on the Asia Pacific Traditional Medicine Network (APTMNET) in the year 2004-05 by D/o AYUSH, Govt. of India. NBRI – Bioinformatics has developed software in collaboration with IIT, Kanpur. A database of selected medicinal plants of national importance was made and domain name and web space was booked with NIC, Govt. of India. However, the progress has suffered seriously due to blockage of PCs, Servers etc. for about one year i.e. from July to June, 2010 and database work done. The database containing servers and PCs were blocked from July 2009 – June, 2010 and hence progress of upgradation suffered a lot and output preparation is blocked for a considerably long time and outputs are to be made.
  • NBRI subDIC also signed an agreement with BGCI, UK to undertake an international programme for 2003-2008 and in this programme. A database of rare and threatened plants of India has been developed besides establishing the first ever network of over 100 botanic gardens of India. The database containing servers and PCs were blocked from July 2009 – June, 2010 and hence progress of upgradation suffered a lot and output preparation is blocked for a considerably long time and outputs are to be made.
  • NBRI subDIC was also assigned nodal role in CSIR network project “TKDL” on the year 2004-05. NBRI subDIC undertook development database on nomenclature and uses of 2600 species identified by CSIR TKDL Apex Centre situated at HRDC, Ghaziabad. The database containing servers and PCs were blocked from July 2009 – June, 2010 and hence progress of upgradation suffered a lot and output preparation is blocked for a considerably long time and outputs are to be made.
  • NBRI subDIC also established the 1st ever NBRI-LAN and website for the use all R&D groups of NBRI for about 8 years from 1999-2008 and LAN is still being used as main network of Bioinformatics Division and as a backup for whole institute.


    For more information: http://www.nbri.res.in
     
Coordinator : Dr. Sudershan Kumar
Bioinformatics SubDIC
National Botanical Research Institute
Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow – 226001(U.P.)
Phone: 91-522-2204025, 2204026, (0)9415022174
Fax: 91-522-2205673
   
   
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