I'm the student of B.Sc. final year (physics,statistics),and wants to do M. Sc.(bioinformatics)I wants to know-What are its eligibilities to be get admitted What are the various institutions that gives its degree. Finally what are its scope & job opportunities?
Generally, the eligibility for admission to M. Sc. Bioinformatics courses is a graduation in Science (Honours or general with Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Electronics, Environmental Science, Genetics, Life Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Statistics & Zoology), Agriculture, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology and Veterinary Science, with at least 60% marks (55% for candidates belonging to reserved category).
Some of the institutions offering a degree/ diploma in Bioinformatics are:
Jawaharlal University, New Delhi
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
University of Pune, Pune
Bioinformatics integrate different areas in Science and computational science like Computer Science, Information Science and Information Technology to offer solution to complex problems in Bio Sciences. The sudden growth in the quantitative data in Biology has made management of biological data a very critical requirement for advanced research in life sciences. This has propelled the growth of Bioinformatics.
Bioinformatics has gained a key role to in cutting edge research and development in a wide array of disciplines like functional genomics, proteomics, protein engineering, metabolic pathway engineering, and discovery of new drugs. This has attracted attention of several entrepreneurs and capitalists. There has been a large number of Bioinformatics start up and many IT companies are venturing into Bioinformatics. This has pushed up the requirement of trained bioinformaticists in India. You can get a job in:
Biotechnology based company like Shanta Biotechnics
Pharmaceutical companies like Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.
IT companies like TCS
Research organizations like Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing
University departments like Department of Bioinformatics in Pune University and Jawaharlal Nehru University