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Program Name B.Tech in Bioinformatics
Level Under Graduation
Program Specific Enquiries 0863-2344781
Admission Enrollment and General Enquiries 0863-2344777, 1800-425-2529
HoD Contact Number 9440984668

Scope for Employment :

Bioinformatics is the recording, annotation, storage, analysis, and searching/retrieval of nucleic acid sequence (genes and RNAs), protein sequence and structural information. This includes databases of the sequences and structural information as well as methods to access, search, visualize and retrieve the information. Bioinformatics has evolved into a full-fledged multidisciplinary subject that integrates developments in information and computer technology as applied to Biotechnology and Biological Sciences. Bioinformatics uses advances in the area of computer science, information science, computer and information technology, and communication technology to solve complex problems in life sciences and particularly in biotechnology. Bioinformatics concern the creation and maintenance of databases of biological information whereby researchers can both access existing information and submit new entries.
Data capture, data warehousing and data mining have become major issues for biotechnologists and biological scientists due to sudden growth in quantitative data in biology such as complete genomes of biological species including human genome, protein sequences, protein 3-D structures, metabolic pathways databases, cell line & hybridoma information, biodiversity related information. Advancements in information technology, particularly the Internet, are being used to gather and access ever-increasing information in biology and biotechnology. Functional genomics, proteomics, discovery of new drugs and vaccines, molecular diagnostic kits and pharmacogenomics are some of the areas in which bioinformatics has become an integral part of Research & Development. The knowledge of multimedia databases, tools to carry out data analysis and modeling of molecules and biological systems on computer workstations as well as in a network environment has become essential for any student of Bioinformatics. Issues related to biodiversity and environment, cloning of higher animals such as Dolly and Polly, tissue culture and cloning of plants have brought out that Bioinformatics is not only a support branch of science but is also a subject that directs future course of research in biotechnology and life sciences.
The importance and usefulness of Bioinformatics is realized in last few years by many industries. The ultimate goal of the field is to enable the discovery of new biological insights as well as to create a global perspective from which unifying principles in biology can be discerned.

Aim :

Vignan's Foundation for Science, Technology and Research University is providing B.Tech Bioinformatics Course to meet the demand and requirement of bioinformaticians in India and abroad. Main aim is to develop and apply state-of-the-art mathematical and computer science techniques to problems now arising in the field of life sciences, particularly those now appearing in the post-genomic era. Students will receive invidualized training and mentoring in a technology-rich environment from a student-centered faculty with whom you can collaborate on research projects. The mission of the department is to educate student community globally to improve the living standard of their family, industry and society. We provide world-class quality of education. The Bioinformatics industry has grown to keep up with the information explosion, growing at 30-60% a year. In 2000, the US market Research company Oscar estimated that the value of the Bioinformatics industry would touch $2 billion. Now it s demand for individuals capable of doing bioinformatics is soaring. Industry's demand for scientists with skills in Bioinformatics far exceeds the supply of qualified specialists in the field, Seems likely that this figure will be reached within the coming year. Therefore, companies are developing methods of spotting potential Bioinformatics experts and then training them on the job.

Laboratory Resources :
The department has a well organised and independent computer lab with 24 hours high speed internet connection for carrying out practicals in various areas of Bioinformatics, like computer programming , access to Bioinformatics tools, structure visualization, structure modeling , and also to carry out academic projects related to be field.The department also has Biotechnology lab to carry out all wet lab practicals like molecular biology, Biochemistry and Immunology.

Scope and Employment Resources :

Therefore, large Bioinformatics R & D divisions are being established in many pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies and even in other conventional industry dealing with biological. The potential of Bioinformatics in the identification of useful genes leading to the development of new gene products, drug discovery and drug development has led to a paradigm shift in biology and biotechnology-these fields are becoming more & more computationally intensive. The new paradigm, now emerging, is that all the genes will be known "in the sense of being resident in database available electronically", and the starting point of biological investigation will be theoretical and a scientist will begin with a theoretical conjecture and only then turning to experiment to follow or test the hypothesis.Bioinformatics is thus rated as number one career in the field of biosciences which includes, Life Sciences:
Scientific Curator, Gene Analyst, Protein Analyst, Phylogenitist, Research Scientist / Associate.
Computer Science / Engineering:
Data base programmer, Bio-informtics software developer, Computational biologist, Network Administrator / Analyst.
Applied Sciences:
Structural analyst, Molecular Modeler, Bio-statistician, Bio-mechanics, Database programmer.
Pharmaceutial Science:
Cheminformatician, Pharmacogenetician, Pharmacogenomics, Research Scientist / Associate.

Professional Outcomes :

The graduate after passing out of Vignan University

  • Apply chemical, biological, and physical concepts to problem-solving and job performance in a biotechnology environment.
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analyses and tests using appropriate laboratory procedures, and interpret the results.
  • Perform standard cell culture procedures under aseptic conditions, for use in quality control, research, product development, or manufacturing in a biotechnology environment.
  • Perform molecular biology procedures for use in quality control, research, product development, or manufacturing in a biotechnology environment.
  • Perform laboratory duties in compliance with law, legislation, and regulations,* policies, and procedures relevant to occupational health, safety, environmental, and ethical practices.
  • Prepare, maintain, interpret, and communicate scientific data effectively.
  • Apply management practices in the biotechnology workplace.
  • Develop a plan for continued professional growth.
  • Recognize the scope, nature, and ethical implications of biotechnology and its influence on society.

Multitudinal Careers/Employment Resources in Bioinformatics: In Government Organizations :

  • DBT (Departmnet of Biotechnology),CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)
  • ICMR (Indian council for Medical Research), ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research)
  • DRDO (Defence Research and Developmmet Organization)
  • NCBI (National Centre for Biotechnology Information) etc.

I Year (R16 Regulation) I Semester
Code Subject L T P C
16HS101 Basic Mathematics-I 3 1 2 5
16HS102 Engineering Physics 3 - - 3
16HS105 Technical English Communication 3 - 2 4
16CS101 Basics of Computers and Internet 3 - 2 4
16CS102 Computer Programming 3 1 2 5
16EE101 Basics of Engineering Products 3 - 2 4
16HS104 English Proficiency and Communication Skills - - 2 1
16HS110 Engineering Physics Laboratory - - 3 2
Total 18 2 15 28
I Year (R16 Regulation) II Semester
Code Subject L T P C
16HS106 Basic Mathematics-II 3 1 2 5
16HS107 Engineering Chemistry 3 - - 3
16ME101 Engineering Graphics 1 - 3 3
16EE102 Basics of Electrical and Electronics Engineering 3 - 2 4
16HS109 Environmental Science and Technology 2 - - 2
16BT102 Bioproducts and Bioentrepreneurship 3 1 - 4
16HS111 Engineering Chemistry Laboratory - - 3 2
16ME103 Work shop Practice - - 3 2
Total 15 2 13 25
II Year (R16 Regulation)

III Semester

Code Subject L T P C
16HS202 Probability and Statistics 3 1 - 4
16MS201 Management Science 3 - - 3
16BT201 Biochemistry 3 - 2 4
16BT202 Cell Biology 3 - 2 4
16BT203 Microbiology 3 - 2 4
  Employability and Life Skills Elective - - - 1-3
Total 18 2 6 24-26
II Year (R16 Regulation)

IV Semester

Code Subject L T P C
16BT205 Genetics 3 1 - 4
16BT206 Heat and Mass Transfer 3 - 2 4
16BT207 Instrumental Methods of Biological Analysis 3 - 2 4
16BT208 Molecular Biology 3 - 2 4
  Department Elective - - - 4
  Department / Open Elective - - - 3-4
  Employability and Life Skills Elective - - - 1-3
Total 12 1 8 25-28
III Year (R16 Regulation)

V Semester

Code Subject L T P C
16BI301 Molecular Phylogenetics 3 1 - 4
16BT302 Biosensors 3 1 - 4
16BT303 Enzyme Technology 3 - 2 4
16IT201 Object Oriented Programming 3 - 2 4
16EL103 Professional Communication Lab - - 2 1
  Department Elective - - - 4
  Department / Open Elective - - - 3-4
  Employability and Life Skills Elective - - - 1-3
Total 12 2 6 25-28
III Year (R16 Regulation)

VI Semester

Code Subject L T P C
16HS301 Professional Ethics 2 - - 2
16BT305 Bioethics and Intellectual Property Rights 3 1 - 4
16BT307 Genetic Engineering and Epigenetics 3 - 2 4
16BI302 Biodiversity and Conservation 3 1 - 4
16IT309 Unix programming 3 - 2 4
  Department Elective - - - 4
  Department / Open Elective - - - 3-4
  Employability and Life Skills Elective - - - 1-3
Total 14 2 4 26-29
IV Year (R13 Regulation)

VIII Semester

Code Subject L T P To C
  Minor - V 4 - - 4 4
  Elective-V 4 - - 4 4
BI402 Eco Informatics & Predictive Ecology
BI404 Computational Epigenetics
BI406 Metabolic Engineering
  Elective-VI 4 - - 4 4
BT432 Molecular Forensics
BI410 Comparative Genomics
BT409 Biosensors and Bioelectronics
BI412 Project Work     20 20 10
Total 12 - 20 32 22

The students opting for semester-long industrial internship during 8th semester, carry out Minor - V in 7th semester itself as additional course. 18 credits are allotted to internship as given below:

IV Year (R13 Regulation)

VIII Semester

Code Subject L T P To C
BT430 Internship (6 months) - - 36 36 18
Total - - 36 36 18
    L=Lecture;    T=Tutorial;    P=Practicals;    To=Total; C=Credits;

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