Education, research and entrepreneurship in
Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
The Department of IT & BT, Government of
Karnataka, in association with ICICI Bank has established the Institute
of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology. Programmes began in 2002.
Highlights of the institute's progress.
The institute has received overwhelming support from
academic and industry scientists, primarily those in Bangalore. It's
programmes would not be possible without this ongoing support.
MSc in bioinformatics and biotechnology
started in 2011. The students of the 1st batch of this
are now doing their course work. The degree is granted by IGNOU, New
Postgraduate diploma in bioinformatics
started in 2002. The 11th batch of this 18-month course
are now doing their course work. Overall, 75% of these students have
found jobs in industry.
Postgraduate laboratory course in
bio-techniques started in 2003. The 8 th
batch of this 9-month programme have finished their coursework.
95% of these students have found jobs in industry. This popular course
has been temporarily suspended due to shortage of faculty and the new
In 2004, IBAB (along with BITS-Pilani, IIM-A, IIT-B and SPJIMR) was
selected by the Wadhwani Foundation for funding related to
entrepreneurship. These activities have ramped up and resulted in
some students registering their companies. Research in this area has
led to several publications, including in Nature Biotechnology.
was ramped up in 2005 and several modules are offered each year.
the faculty has led to several publications in international journals.
also led to several bioinformatics tools and databases.
IBAB receives continuing strong support from the Government of
Karnataka. In addition, it has received grant support from the
Government of India's Department of S&T (DST), Department of
Biotechnology (DBT) and
the Department of IT (DIT).
In 2004, Biocon endowed a Faculty Chair. In 2006 AstraZeneca Research
Foundation India endowed a Faculty Chair in Cheminformatics. In 2007,
Merck & Co (MSD
Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd. India) endowed a faculty chair and several
scholarships. The Government of Karnataka has endowed the Chief
Minister's scholarships for the best male and female students. In
addition, Millipore India has endowed two scholarships for women, and
Sartorius one scholarship. Sudha Murty has endowed two medals. An
annonymous donor has endowed the Nabanita Ghosh scholarship and Prof.
Avi Chaudhuri has endowed the Purnima Chaudhuri scholarship. Several
companies and individuals have supported the student entrepreneurship
Several companies have availed the incubation services
Details about individual programmes are to be found
elsewhere in this site.