About the Bioinformatics Centre

The Sub Distributed Information Centre (SDIC) at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana was sanctioned by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India in November 1998 as a part of Biotechnology Information System (BTISNET) Network to function as a Computerized Information Base in the fields related to Agricultural Biotechnology. The program was initially aimed to establish Computer and Communication Infrastructure Facilities for promoting biotechnology based R & D. The Bioinformatics Centre at PAU became functional in March 2001.


Area of Specialization:

  • Applications of Bioinfomatics in Agriculture
  • Mining genes of economic importance from wild relatives of crop plants
  • Genome assembly and developing physical map Transcriptome analysis
  • Comparative genomics analysis
  • To serve as information base
  • Human resource development
  • Applications of genomics and transcriptomics for food, vegetable and fruit plants
  • Providing pipelines for utilizaiton of DNA/ RNA sequence information for plant breeding
  • Wheat genome sequence information utilized for mining alien genes for rust and powdery mildew resistance
  • Wheat alpha gliadin genes sequenced and analyzed for the detection of variation for celia disease causing epitopes
  • Comparative genomics for mining draught tolerance and nutrient use efficiency in wheat using sequences of genes cloned in rice
Current area of research


  • Genome Sequence Analysis
  • Transcriptome Analysis
  • Sequencing of major plant and pathogen genomes
  • Utilization of rice and wheat genome sequence information for gene isolation and cloning
Database Developed


  • A Pedigree retrieval database Pedigree Retrieval cum Morphological Diversity in Wheat version 1.0 software developed by the centre for data mining could scan and sort genetically diverse and agronomically superior genotypes from wheat germplasm. This software is very useful for plant breeders. This database clearly highlighted the narrow genetic base of the popular wheat cultivars stressing the need for incorporation of variability from other germplasm sources. Most of current cultivars have more than one common parent. It is very useful database for selecting the parents for developing new cultivars.
  • Varieties released by PAU in different field crops: The Punjab Agricultural University, the premier agricultural university of India has released a number of varieties for different crop plants since its inception. The information regarding the current varieties and their agronomic practices was available in the Package of Practices, which is published for the farmers. However, for the use of the agricultural scientists, the detailed information was available with the respective crop breeders. To provide all the relevant information about the varieties released in different field crops by PAU, for the agricultural scientists, a database has been developed.  This is going to be a very useful database for not only the breeders but also agronomists, soil scientists, pathologists, entomologists and geneticists of all the agricultural universities of India.
  • Database of Faculty / Student Information
Inter Institutional collaboration
  • National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB)
  • University of Delhi, South Campus. new Delhi
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut
  • The Agharkar Research Institute is located in Pune, Maharashtra
  • Directorate of Wheat Research. Karnal, Haryana
  • Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack
  • Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad
  • The John Innes Centre (JIC) Norwich, Norfolk, England
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, United States

About the Institution

The Punjab Agricultural University was established in 1962 to serve the state of erstwhile Punjab. On trifurcation of Punjab in November 1966, Haryana Agricultural University was carved out of PAU by an Act of Parliament in February 1970. Later, in July 1970, Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidalya was established.  In 2006 the College of Veterinary Science was upgraded to become Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU) at Ludhiana. The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is located in Ludhiana city (Punjab State) in north-west India at a distance of 316 km from New Delhi. It is well connected by road and rail with the national capital. Situated on the Ludhiana - Ferozepur Road, the University covers an area of 1510 acres on its main campus and 4615 acres at the regional research stations. Modeled on the pattern of land grant colleges in U.S.A., the PAU performs the integrated functions of teaching, research and extension in agriculture, agricultural engineering, home science and allied disciplines. The University has well equipped laboratories, library and lecture rooms and elaborate farm facilities. Hostel accommodation is available in the university hostels for single students. Married students, if accompanied by their family members, will have to find accommodation outside the campus.
The PAU has played a key role in increasing food grain production in the Punjab State several folds share its reputation and ushering in an era of Green Revolution in India. It has also made notable contributions in increasing livestock and poultry production. In recognition of its outstanding achievements in agricultural research, education and extension, it was adjudged the Best Agricultural University in India in 1995.
The Punjab Agricultural University now has four constituent colleges, viz. College of Agriculture, College of Agricultural Engineering, College of Home science and College of Basic Sciences & Humanities.
At present the University, through 28 departments in the four constituent colleges, offers 31 Master's and 30 Ph.D. programmes. The course curricula are constantly revised and restructured to keep pace with the latest developments in agriculture and allied fields.

Infrastructure facilities

High Performance Computing (HPC), 40x HP ProLiant SL6500 Scalable System Computing Nodes 2 GPU, 48 GB RAM, 2 Hexa Core Intel Module, 2 x Head Nodes HP DL380 G7, 2 Octacore Intel 48GB RAM, 2x HP X9000 Network Storage SyStemS, 1x HP StorageWorks MSL2024 Tape Library, 25 TB Storage
1x Backup Server, 10x Client Terminal HCL, Computer System (PC)-18, Server : IBM eServer xSeries 205, HCL Infiniti Global Line 2700 SO -2, HCL Thin Client -10, Laptop -2, LCD Projector, Photo copier:Toshiba e-Studio 160, Printers-3, Scanner, APC UPS Online - 2

Recent publications


Ajitpal Singh, Krishan Kumar, Manav Indra, Singh Gill, Parveen Chhuneja, Naresh Kumar Arora, Kuldeep Singh (2013) Genotype identification and inference of genetic relatedness among different purpose grape varieties and rootstocks using microsatellite markers. African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 12(2), pp. 134-141

Sonika Choudhary, Jagmeet Kaur, Parveen Chhuneja, JS Sandhu, Inderjit Singh, Sarvjeet Singh, Asmita Sirari (2013) Assessment of genetic diversity in kabuli chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) genotypes in relation to seed size using SSR markers. Journal of Food Legumes 01/2013; 26(1-2):96-99.


Ajay Kumar, Parveen Chhuneja, Shalu Jain, Satinder Kaur, H. S. Balyan, P. K. Gupta (2013) Mapping main effect QTL and epistatic interactions for leaf rust and yellow rust using high density ITMI linkage map. Australian Journal of Crop Science 7:492-499

Prashant Ramya, Narendra Kadoo, Charushila Desale, Prajakta Kore, Harcharan S Dhaliwal, Parveen Chhuneja, Vidya S Gupta (2012) Kernel morphometric traits in hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) are modulated by intricate QTL x QTL and genotype x environment interactions. J. Cereal Science 56: 432-439
Bansal Mitaly, Mamta Sharma, G S Mavi, Navtej S Bains, Kuldeep Singh and Parveen Chhuneja (2012) Molecular Cytogenetic Characterization of PAU Triticale varieties and advanced lines. Crop Improvement 39: 55-59
Riar Amandeep Kaur, Satinder Kaur, HS Dhaliwal, Kuldeep Singh and Parveen Chhuneja (2012) Introgression of a leaf rust resistance gene from Aegilops caudata to bread wheat. Journal of Genetics 91:155-161
Chhuneja Parveen, Krishan Kumar, Daniel Stirnweis, Severine Hurni, Beat Keller, Harcharan S Dhaliwal and Kuldeep Singh (2012) Identification and mapping of two powdery mildew resistance genes in Triticum boeoticum L. Theor Appl. Genet. 124:1051–1058
Faculty members

Dr. Parveen Chhuneja
School of Agricultural Biotechnology
Punjab Agricultural University
Phone : +91 161 2401960 Ext. 270
Mobile : +919888885557
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Mr. Inderjit Singh Yadav
Assistant Professor Bioinformatics
School of Agricultural Biotechnology
Punjab Agricultural University
Phone : +91 161 2401960 Ext. 270
Mobile : + 918437649747
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Mr. Naveen Duhan
Teaching Assistant, Bioinformatics
School of Agricultural Biotechnology
Punjab Agricultural University
Phone : +91 161 2401960 Ext. 270
Mobile : + 919463217200
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Mr. Gurbax Singh
Data Entry Operator
School of Agricultural Biotechnology
Punjab Agricultural University
Phone : +91 161 2401960 Ext. 270
Mobile : + 919417640064
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