|The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, was established in 1956 as an institute of national importance by an Act of Parliament with the objective to develop patterns of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in all its branches so as to demonstrate a high standard of teaching in medical colleges and other allied institutes in India; to bring together in one place education facilities of the highest order for the training of personnel in all important branches of health activities; and to attain self-sufficiency in postgraduate medical education. The institute has comprehensive facilities for teaching, research and patient care. AIIMS conducts teaching programmes in medical and paramedical courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and awards its own degrees. Teaching and research are conducted in 42 disciplines. In the field of medical research AIIMS is the leader having more than 600 research publications by its faculty and researchers in a year. Twenty-five clinical departments including four superspeciality centres manage practically all types of disease conditions with support from the pre-and para-medical departments.||
Bioinformatics Centre at AIIMS, New Delhi, was set up in 1989 as one of
the Distributed Information Sub-Centres (DISCs) under the Biotechnology
Information System (BTIS) programme of the Department of Biotechnology,
Government of India. The centre was established with an objective to bridge
the interdisciplinary gaps on information and establish links in the area
of Medical Biotechnology in the country.
The centre offers the facilities like literature search, e-mail and sequence analysis to the users. The centre has recently acquired connectivity through the INTERNET for improvement of the services to the users. The centre provides training to individuals and groups. The training is given at two levels. The centre has conducted a number of workshops and training programmes on bioinformatics. Several research scholars, medical professionals and faculty members have been using the facilities for literature search, sequence search and sequence submissions to sequence databases, etc.