ASSAM AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, JORHAT
The Assam Agricultural University is a premier University in North-East India engaged in teaching and research of Agricultural Sciences since 1969. At present the university has four faculties, namely, Agricultural Science, Veterinary Science, Home Science and Fishery Science, and has six constituent colleges, viz., College of Agriculture at Jorhat and Biswanath Chatally; 
College of Home Science at Jorhat; College of Veterinary Science at Khanapara and Azad; College of Fishery Science at Roha. Six regional research stations have been established at the six agro-climatic zones of Assam at Titabar, Diphu, Shillongoni, Kahikuchi, Gissaingaon and North Lakhimpur to cater to the need for location-specific research and extension. Additionally there are several commodity-specific research stations and Krishi Vigyan Kendras. Besides producing graduates and postgraduates in the disciplines of Agriculture, Veterinary, Home Science, Fishery Science and Sericulture, the University is also involved in active research to develop advanced technology for the farmers of the region. A full-fledged Directorate of Research coordinates all the research activities of the university and the proven technologies are transferred to the end users. The Department of Agricultural Biotechnology is a part of the College of Agriculture, Jorhat, and was initially established as a Post-Graduate teaching programme, leading to M.Sc. (Agri) degree in Agricultural Biotechnology, with active sponsorship of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
The Bioinformatics Centre at Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, 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 links in the area of Agricultural Biotechnology in North-East India. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software. The softwares available in the centre include GENECODE, PHOTO, PROSEQA, PRAGENE.

In a span of eight years of its existence, the centre has emphasized on the development of databanks in the areas of its specialization. Important among these is Citrus Biotechnology Reference. The database includes 32 different species of citrus and 25 different aspects on biotechnology of these plants like somatic hybridization, isozyme and RFLP analysis, genetic transformation, secondary metabolite production and so on. Another important database is on various aspects of tea.

The centre also provides training to individuals and groups. The training is given at two levels : the short-term orientation programmes, workshops and long-term course work teaching in Bioinformatics. The centre has also conducted a number of workshops and training programmes on bioinformatics.

CONTACT FOR DETAILS

Dr. P.C. Deka, Professor & Head
Bioinformatics Sub-Centre
Deptt. of Agricultural Biotechnology
Assam Agricultural University
Jorhat - 785 013, India
Phone : 320919, 325332
Fax : 03976-320919
E-mail : pcdeka@aau.ren.nic.in