I am doing B. Sc. second year in Microbiology. I would like to do Bio-informatics at PG level. I heard that this course requires an M. Sc. qualification in any branch of Biological Sciences. Please suggest what I should do and give me the information about eligibility of this course, University, and colleges after doing the PG. What are the career options for Bio-informatics in India and abroad?
You have two options to be into Bio-informatics. You can either do an Advanced Diploma in Bioinformatics or a Ph. D in Bioinformatics.
Advanced Diploma in Bioinformatics is offered by Bioinformatics Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110 067 and Bioinformatics Centre, University of Pune, Pune 411 007. Eligibility for the course at JNU: M.Sc., in any branch of Biological Sciences such as Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Botany, Zoology etc with at least 55% marks or equivalent grades/grade point. MBBS are also eligible if they had Mathematics up to class 10 level.
Eligibility for the course at University of Pune: Master's degree (M. Sc.) in Bio technology, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences, MCA or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (B.E.), Technology (B. Tech.), or Medicine (MBBS), M. Pharm, MD, M.E, or equivalent qualifications with a minimum 60% aggregate marks (55% for candidates belonging to the reserved category).
Various Universities like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Science, and University of Pune offer Ph. D. Eligibility for Ph. D: M. Sc. in Biological Science or Physical Science with NET (National Eligibility Test conducted by UGC-CSIR) score. Alternatively, you can have M. Phil for direct entry into Ph. D.
You can get a job as a research scientist, as a research fellow, or as a teacher with a Bioinformatics centre of Universities like Madurai Kamaraj University, Pune University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University or a Bioinformatics centre of a research institution like National Centre for Biological Sciences and Bose Institute; with pharmaceutical companies and Biotechnology based companies which have business interest in Bioinformatics; or with companies dealing with Biomedical software development and biological information management.
In India, the demand for Bioinformaticists is not significant at present. But with the nationwide initiatives taken by Department of Biotechnology of Government of India, leading Universities, and the private sector companies, the future looks promising. There is a huge demand for trained Bioinformaticists in U.S.A., Europe and Australia. These countries have taken a lead in research in the field of genetics and it is here that the best prospects lie.