The Bioinformatics Centre
was established at the Institute as a sub- centre under
the BTIS network. The Centre has a dedicated Internet
connectivity (1 mbps), necessary hardware and software
resources to initiate and support the Spice Bioinformatics/Biotechnology
programmes. An advanced IT infrastructure with high
end servers, routers, switches and wired and wireless
LAN was built up during this period. A Bioinformatics
Library with more than 100 reference books, journals,
databases etc. was also set up. A round the clock browsing
facility, SpicE-Lab, is also made available for the
benefit of students and research fellows.
Active collaboration exists with nearby BTISNet centres,
especially with the centre at CPCRI, Kasaragod in organizing
Bioinformatics trainings and sharing of resources. The
Centre also collaborates with NIT, Kozhikode for conducting
a Bioinformatics course for M.Tech. students. Currently
19 students are attending this course. Bioinformatics
students doing their M.Sc. in other institutions are
allowed to carry out their project work in the institute.
The Centre collaborated with DOEACC Centre, Kozhikode
in conducting an ‘O’ level course in Bioinformatics.
The Centre has also initiated action on coordinating
Agri-bioinformatics efforts in the country by organizing
workshops and by developing an Agri-Informatics portal.