M.Sc.(Bioinformatics)

1. About the College :

The Centre for Post Graduate Studies (CPGS) is a constituent part of OUAT and was established in the year 1998. The CPGS is offering three career oriented Masters’ programme in Computer Science &Application, Bioinformatics and Agribusiness Management as Self Financing Courses. These programmes are open to students all over the country.

2. Facilities :

MEDICAL, LIBRARY AND HOSTEL FACILITIES

  • The University runs a Dispensary managed by experienced doctors. It provides outdoor treatment to the students of the university.
  • Each department has a library for references. Besides this, the students get the facilities of central library of OUAT for reading books, journals and periodicals.

HOSTEL FACILITY

  • Hostel accommodation shall be provided to P.G. students subject to availability of seats. After admission, the students shall apply to the Dean Students Welfare (DSW) through the concerned Dean of the college for their stay in hostel. However, a student whose parents are staying at Bhubaneswar maybe allowed by the DSW for permission to stay outside the hostel during the course of his/her study. But in the case of foreign students, no such permission will be granted. The students desirous to stay outside the hostel shall obtain a day scholar certificate from Dean, Student’s Welfare, O.U.A.T.

Other facilities of Dept. of Bioinformatics :

· The department hosts modern technology, services and all the required facilities such as class room equipped with Audio Visual aids, computer laboratories with high speed internet facility, experimental laboratory, sophisticated computer laboratory for carrying out the research and a library of more than six hundred advanced bioinformatics books.

3. Selection for admission:

M.Sc. (Bioinformatics)

For admission into M.Sc. (Bio-informatics), a candidate must have passed

(i) +2 Science from CHSE, Odisha or its equivalent with Mathematics and/or
Biology as one of the subjects.

(ii) B.Sc. (Hons.)/B.Sc.(Ag.)/B.Sc.(Forestry)/B.Sc.(Hort.)/B.V.Sc & A.H./
B.Tech.(Dairy Science/ Technology)/B.Tech.(Ag. Engg.)/B.F.Sc./B.C.S./
B.A.M.S/MBBS/B.Pharma/BDS/BIT/ BITM/ BHMS/B.Tech./B.Sc.
(Biotech) from any recognized University with at least 50% of marks in
aggregate for General and 45% of marks in aggregate for SC/ST/PH
candidates, and 55% for Graduate of Agriculture and allied subjects.

SELECTION OF CANDIDATES

The selection of candidates for admission into MCA, M.Sc. (Bio-informatics) and MBA (Agri Business Management) will be based on academic career. A merit list will be prepared on the basis of following weightage of marks secured by the candidates in the different examinations.

HSC level :20 %
+2 level :30%
Graduation level: 50%

4. Curriculum:

Course Programme for Bioinformatics

The Masters’ program in Bioinformatics is a vigorous 2 yrs course consisting of four semesters including theory, practical as well as research papers:

Semester I

Semester III

Biological Chemistry

Statistics for Bioinformatics

Basic Molecular Biology

Mathematics for Bioinformatics

Comparative & Functional Genomics

Library & Information Services

Intellectual Property & its Management in

Agriculture

Basic Concepts in Laboratory Techniques

Basic Mathematics

Computational & System Biology Dynamic Web-Design

Biological Databanks & Data

Mining, Molecular Modeling &

Drug Design,

Pharmacogenomics & IPR

Minor Research

Semester II

Semester IV

Concepts in Computing

Programming Languages for Bioinformatics

Genetics & Immunology

Introduction to Database Systems

Biomolecular Sequence Analysis

Technical Writing & Communication Skills

Disaster Management

Master’s Seminar

Master’s Research

5. Course Programme

Bio-informatics Course Programme

The department of Bio-informatics offers two year full-time courses in computational and biological sciences leading to award of M.Sc. (Bio-informatics) degree and the student intake capacity is 32per year.

6. Department

Department of Bio-informatics

The Department of Bioinformatics was started in the year 2002 under the umbrella of the Center for Post-Graduate Studies (CPGS), Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar. It offers full-time two year courses in computational and biological sciences leading to award of M.Sc. (Bioinformatics) degree. Bioinformatics is the application of computer science and information technology to the field of biology and medicine. Bioinformatics deals with algorithms, databases and information systems, web technologies, artificial intelligence and soft computing, information and computation theory, software engineering, data mining, image processing, modelling and simulation, signal processing, discrete mathematics, control and system theory, graph theory, and statistics, for generating new knowledge of biology and medicine, and improving & discovering new models of computation. The students work on varied areas like Genomics (Structural, Functional & Comparative), Structural Biology, Molecular Modeling & Drug designing, Soft computing, Data Mining, Development of Computational tools and software. The students carry out dissertation/project work in IVth semester as part of their course curricula. The course curricula are designed as per the recommendation of ICAR, New Delhi to develop the professional skill for I.T, Biotech & Pharmaceutical industries.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Department is well furnished with theory Class room equipped with Audio Visual aids, State-of-the-art Computing facilities are available in the Computer labs with internet facilities. These are supported by the 32 desktop computers, three powerful servers. Laser Printers, Scanners and CD Writers. Software resources include MySQL, C, C++, JAVA, PERL, SAS etc with other developmental tools and packages.

Class Room

The experimental laboratory of the department is equipped with sophisticated equipments, kits and chemicals required to meet the curriculum. The laboratory is also engaged in isolation of genomic DNA, r-DNA of plants, bacteria and other microbes.

Experimental Laboratory

Library

The library of the department is resourced with more than six hundred numbers of books comprising Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genomics, Proteomics, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics etc. The students can also avail the Central Library of the University which is the stock house of several updated books of different subjects with National and International Journals

EXTERNAL PROJECT

The project on “Creation of Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility (BIF) for the promotion of Biology Teaching through Bioinformatics (BTBI) scheme of BTIS net” was implemented on 3rd November, 2006 in the P.G Department of Bioinformatics, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar with 100% support from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi.

A well furnished computer laboratory (DBT) with internet facility is established with two high end servers and one medium end server; ten desktops with needful software, one scanner, one HP Laser Jet 3055 printer, one HP DeskJet D2360 printer & one photo copier.

Discovery Studio 3.1 (DS Modeller & Protein Families-Homology Modelling modules) is purchased during the year 2010-11 updated with Discovery Studio 3.5 (Protein-Protein docking module) during 2013-14 to facilitate the research works.

Placement of Bioinformatics

Congratulations to our students who has created an amicable track record of placements in reputed Universities and Companies from different strata. Many students of this department are pursuing Ph.D. and Post Doctorate programmes in renowned Universities in India and abroad, few of which are enlisted here:

— Max Planck Institute, West Germany

— California State University

— University of Tennessee Health Science Centre Memphis, USA

— Osaka University, Japan

— University of South Korea

— Pondicherry University, Puducherry

— Anna University, Chennai

— NISER, Bhubaneswar

— IICB, Kolkata

— IICT, Hyderabad

— IIT, Kharagpur

— IIT, Bhubaneswar

— CCMB,Hyderabad

— CDFD, Hyderabad

— IGIB, New Delhi.

— IASRI, Delhi

— IARI, New Delhi

— SGPGI, Lucknow

— Jaipur National University, Rajastan

— BISR, Rajasthan

— ISI, Kolkata

— MGIMS,Wardha

— Assam Agriculture University, Assam

— IICT, Hyderabad

— IIIT, Hyderabad

— NEHU, Silong

— BITS, Goa

— North Orissa University, Baripada

— Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar

— CIFA, Bhubaneswar

— CRRI, Cuttack

— CIFRI, Brackpore

— IMMT, Bhubaneswar

— BJB College, Bhubaneswar

— Berahmpur University

— BHMS, Jagatsingpur

— MIITS, Rayagarha

— GIST, Berhampur

— Allahabad Bank

— IDBI Bank

— Punjab National Bank

TRAINING/WORKSHOP/SEMINAR ORGANIZED:

The Department of Bioinformatics has organized the following national level workshops/ seminars/ conferences for disseminating Bioinformatics knowledge among students and researchers of OUAT and from other institutions.

1. Hands on training program on “Application of Advanced Bioinformatics Tools & Technology in Biological Research” during 19-21 March 2015 supported by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

2. National workshop on “Application of Bioinformatics tools & techniques in Modern Biological Research” during 22-23 March 2013 supported by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

3. Workshop-cum-training on “Bioinformatics and its significance in Agricultural Research” on March 29, 2009 supported by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

4. Workshop-cum-training on “Emerging Bioinformatics tools and techniques in Agricultural Research” from March 14-15, 2008 supported by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

5. Workshop-cum-training on “Bioinformatics and its application in Agriculture and allied sectors” from March 09-11, 2007 supported by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

ALUMNI NETWORK :

Success of any institute lies on the success of the students or alumni members. So, we are proud to see our students climb up the ladder of success in their endeavors. Our alumni website can be visited at http://www.bioalumnas.com/ which forms a small niche of young enthusiastic Bioinformaticians joined in network to communicate each other’s success stories

7. Research

Dept of Bioinformatics

Faculty members have been published around thirty five research papers in journals of National and International repute.

Major research activities of the department include

  • Meta Genomics
  • Computational Evolutionary Biology
  • Computational Comparative Genomics
  • Genome annotation and Gene function
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • CADD

8. Events

Traditional festive like Ganesh Puja, Saraswati Puja, etc. and National festivals like Independence day, Republic day are celebrated by the students of the college in very organized manner. The students also actively participate in different competitions and functions may it be a Play, Dance or song, Acting, Anchoring competition or may it be debate, quiz or rangoli competition or it may be any kind of sports Competition like running, long jump, high jump, discuss throw, tennis, carom board, etc.

9. Faculties

DEPARTMENT OF BIOINFORMATICS

Mr. Sukanta Kumar Pradhan

Head of the Department

ksukantapradhan[at]gmail[dot]com

Area of Research: Comparative Genomics of different field crops, Computational Proteomics of Membrane bound proteins. Microbial Bioinformatics, Metagenomics study, Environmental bioinformatics and bioremediation, Immunoinformatics etc.

Area of Teaching: Biostatistics, Biological Databases, Networking, Data Mining and its application in Bioinformatics.

Work Experience: 4 years of Research & Development in Agriculture and 8 years of Teaching in Bioinformatics

Publications: 18(Peer reviewed Journals)

Workshop/ Training organized: 02

Project Handled: 01 (PI)

Mrs. Sucharita Balabantray

Assistant Professor

sucharita_bioinfo[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in

Area of Research: Proteomics

Area of Teaching: Biochemistry, Immunology, Genetic Engineering, Proteomics, Computational & System Biology.

Work Experience: 8 years of Teaching

Seminar/ Workshop/ Training: 2 (International); 9 (National); 4(Training cum Workshop)

Publications: 01(International),

Abstract/ Proceedings/Poster: 05

Mr. Surya Narayan Rath

Assistant Professor

snrbioinfo[at]gmail[dot]com

Area of Research: Computational Genomics, Structural Bioinformatics, Insilico Study of Neurological Disorders and effect of natural compounds against it. Computer Aided Drug Design, System Biology

Area of Teaching: Mathematics for Bioinformatics, Programming Languages in Bioinformatics(C, Java, Bioperl), Concepts in Computing (Linux Operating system), Molecular Modeling and Drug Designing.

Work Experience: 1.5 years of Research & 10 years of Teaching

Publications: 14 (International) 03 (National)

Workshop/ Training organized: 02

Project Handled: 01 (Co-PI)

Mrs. Sushama Rani Martha

Assistant Professor

sushma.martha[at]gmail[dot]com

Area of Research: Comparative and Functional Genomics, Computational phylogenetics, Microarray Techniques, Computational Neuroscience.

Area of Teaching: Molecular Biology, Comparative and Functional Genomics, Biomolecular Sequence Analysis, Introduction to Database System, Pharmacogenomics and IPR.

Work Experience: 1 year of Research & 7 years of Teaching

Publications: 4(Journals)

Mr. Sujit Kumar Das

Practical Teaching Associate

das.sujitkumar[at]gmail[dot]com

Area of Research:Computational Proteomics, Genomics, Molecular Phylogeny

Area of Teaching:Comparative & Functional Genomics, Database Management Systems, Bio-molecular Sequence Analysis, Laboratory Techniques, Biological Databanks & Data Mining.

Work Experience: 1.5 years of Research, 5 years of UG&PG Teaching, 5Years of PG Practical Teaching.