FROM THE DIRECTOR
Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) is a joint
venture of the Government of Karnataka and ICICI with a mandate to help
grow the biotech industry. It is a matter of pride and satisfaction
that with the involvement of leading academic institutes and industry
IBAB has attained high standards in bioinformatics and biotechnology
education. The Institute has attained national and international
visibility in a short span of four years.
is an educational institute that has completed four years of operations
where over 120 students have successfully qualified and are now working
in various companies and academic institutions nationally and
postgraduate diploma course in bioinformatics was the first course
offered by IBAB. Candidates are selected based on an all-India entrance
test conducted at six centers followed by an interview at Bangalore.
Students come from diverse backgrounds such as engineering, medicine,
pharma, agriculture, life science, physical, chemical and statistical
sciences with good representation from each discipline. Apart from the
core courses related to bioinformatics, students undergo training in
areas like IPR in biotechnology, business and science, scientific
writing etc. The diversity in the students' background has made group
study a valuable tool.
course curriculum is designed to introduce the students to basic
concepts in biology, computers, statistics, mathematics, chemistry
which form the backbone of bioinformatics to train them in the latest
tools and techniques in this area.
The methodology IBAB
has adopted, to train a diverse class through in-house projects and
6-month internships, has proven itself as demonstrated by the
acceptance of IBAB graduates in industry. Today IBAB has a placement
rate of 95%.
The second course
launched by IBAB is the laboratory course in biotechniques. There is
increasing demand for reliable technical expertise in the area of
molecular biology/biotechnology. Many post graduate courses are unable
to provide adequate training in laboratory bio-techniques. This course
aims to fill this gap. However, the course is more than just a series
of experimental demonstrations and hands-on sessions and involves
thorough familiarization with experimental planning, execution and
hypothesis-testing. This course too has received a good response from
the industry and students from both the batches have been placed.
Apart from the two
regular courses IBAB also conducts workshops and short term training
programs. In the last three years IBAB has conducted more than ten
workshops covering topics like Business of biotech, Hands-on
bioinformatics, Cell biology, Small molecule drug design, Clinical
trials, Recombinant DNA techniques etc. The duration of these workshops
range from 1 day to 3 weeks.
IBAB is also involved
in promoting entrepreneurship in biotechnology and related areas. It
has been selected as a founder member of the National Entrepreneurship
Network initiated by the Wadhwani foundation along with IIM Ahmedabad,
IIT Mumbai, BITS Pilani and SPJIMR Mumbai.
Two R&D companies
are being incubated by IBAB. Microtest Innovations is in the area of
disease diagnostics, and Cellworks Goup is working in the area of
in-silico drug discovery. Additionally several groups of IBAB students
are exploring ideas to start their own companies.
In summary, IBAB is
uniquely positioned to train the right manpower, to help companies
start and succeed and to help scientists interface with industry and
thereby to help the bio-related industry grow into a large and mature