By SK.Vyas :
Jlandhar:The department of Bioinformatics, Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar has been offering a number of courses in this area including B.Sc. Medical/Non-Medical with Bioinformatics, M.Sc. Bioinformatics and Add-on course in Bioinformatics. In fact, HMV is the only college in the State offering M.Sc. in Bioinformatics. Candidate from various backgrounds can join this course including bachelor’s degree in Physical, Biological, Agricultural, Veterinary, Fishery Sciences, Horticulture, Pharmacy, Engineering, Technology or Medicine (MBBS/ BAMS / BHMS). Additionally, the add-on courses in Bioinformatics can be opted as an additional subject during the graduation and this course is open for students from other colleges and working professionals.
This filed has a variety of career options in industry as well as academia. After doing M. Sc. Bioinformatics students can go choose a variety of research institutes in India as well abroad for doing higher studies as Bioinformatics is one of the most demanded skills. Moreover, a number of startups have come up in India in the area of genomics, drug discovery, data science, etc. which offer jobs in this field including Strand Life Sciences, Genotypic Technologies, Interpretomics, Clavergene, 10x genomics, Data Genomics, Ocimum Biosolutions, V Life Sciences, Cell works, CytoGenomics, Molecular Connections, Kshema technologies etc.
Different job profiles include Data Scientist, Clinical Data Analyst, Information Scientist, Bioinformatician, Computational Biologist, Bioinformatics Software Developer, Programmer, Bioinformatics Engineer, Data Curator etc.
With the increase in R&D investments by various companies and the government support, especially with the introduction of DNA technology bill in the parliament, it is clear that next few years will see the sector poised to be one of the best employment sectors.