The Post Graduate and Research Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics was started in the year 2002 with aim of promoting the under-graduate students of Life Sciences into advanced higher education and research. The Department offers four programs in Biotechnology (B Sc, M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D) and two courses in Bioinformatics (PGDBI and M.Sc) for women. The Department is successful in integrating the Life Sciences by establishing an advanced Molecular biology and Microbiology Laboratories and a Centralized Instrumentation Facility funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India under the FIST scheme. The facility propels the Department’s ongoing research and will also extend to all the staffs and researchers of all Life Science Departments from other Institutions.
Uniqueness of the Department
Biology in the 21st century is being transformed from purely lab-based science to an information science as-well, called Bioinformatics, the field of science in which biology, computer science, and information technology merge to form a single discipline. In this connection, India was the first country to establish in 1987 a Biotechnology Information System (BTIS) network to create an infrastructure that enables it to harness, biotechnology through the application of Bioinformatics. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has taken up this infrastructure development project and created a distributed network at a very low cost. Holy Cross College(Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, is one such Institution where a Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility(BIF) was established in 2006 with the financial support of DBT, New Delhi
This BIF Centre has successfully stepped into its 13th year. Since its inception, the main attention of the Centre is on higher research along with manpower development in the area of Bioinformatics. The Centre also persistently extends its services in the areas of Computer Aided Drug Designing, Structural Bioinformatics, Database Development, Systems Biology and Molecular Modeling. The Centre offers these computational facilities to the users from the nearing Institutions and Universities. The Centre is highly accessible round the clock with a separate 150 Mbps internet facility with Optical Fibre Cabling and Wi-Fii to the faculty, research scholars and students. The staff of the Centre in co-ordination with the staff of the Research Department of Biotechnology performs research as well as teaching. The College is extending the Life Sciences Laboratory facilities for wet lab research in regards to Phytotherapeutics and also its full support for the progression of the Centre. The Centre contributes significantly in the development of manpower.
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