Bioinformatics – adding computational quotient to your science career

Jalandhar 10 June (Jaswinder Azad)- Bioinformatics has become the most innovative and latest branch of science dealing with collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and distribution of information related to biomolecules using computer technology.  This field of biological sciences has applications in personalized medicines, molecular medicines, preventive medicines, drug development, cancer genomics, forensic analysis, climate change studies, bio-weapon creation, development of new crop varieties etc. 
Principal Dr. (Mrs.) Ajay Sareen told that HMV offers B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Bioinformatics.  Students of medical and non-medical stream can join the course.  Students with graduation in Physical Biological, Agricultural, Veterinary, Fishery Sciences, Horticulture, Pharmacy, Engineering, Technology are eligible for M.Sc.  HMV is the only college offering M.Sc. Bioinformatics in Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar.  This course leads to employability in Health Biotechnology IT, Pharmaceutical, public and private research and academia.
Mr. Harpreet Singh, Head Deptt. of Bioinformatics told that this field is broad, encompasses a range of jobs including Data Scientist, Clinical Data Analyst, Information Scientist, Bioinformatician, Computational biologist, software developer, programmer etc.  Our students have already been placed in CSIR, DBT, ICMR Labs on major national projects.
Many students have done research projects in foreign universities in Ireland, Australia and UK.  The department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India has also started Bioinformatics Industrial Training Programme for students through which the students are placed in reputed Industries for 6 months on stipend basis paid by DBT.
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