Bose Institute, also known to many as Basu Bignan Mandir, now a leading R&D organisation of the nation,  was founded by Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose in 1917 to carry out basic and fundamental research in various aspects of both physical, chemical and biological sciences. The Institute is in service of the nation for the last 77 years through its pursuit of advancement of knowledge in science and technology and by producing efficient and skilled scientific manpower. The Institute caters to this need through six departments (Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Biophysics), four section (Plant Molecular Cellular Genetics, Animal Physiology, Environmental Sciences and Immunotechnology) and through other service centres like Regional Sophisticated Instrumental Centre, Bioinformatics Centre, Library, etc. There are also experimental field stations at four different locations in West Bengal (Darjeeling, Falta, Madhyamgram and Shyamnagar) mainly concentrating in applied research. Facilities and infrastructure developed in the institute are also used by scientists of many universities and institutions of the country.
The Bioinformatics Centre was established in 1988 with Genetic Engineering as the major thrust area. Since then the centre is functioning as a repertoire of information related to Bioinformatics. The centre works as the backbone of the research and development activities in various fields like Genetic Engineering, Biocrystallography, Biocomputing, Molecular Modelling, etc. The centre has expanded its user base significantly over the last few years. Apart from the host and neighbouring institutes, scientists from distant places are also utilising the facilities of the centre.
The centre provides services for the Biocomputational Research, Sequence Analysis, Crystallographic Data Analysis, and Computerised Bibliographic Searches, etc. The main workstation which was used so far was a Micro VAX II. In 1995 a Dec Alpha Server was procured. The state-of-the-art Sequence Analysis programme GCG (version 9.0) has been widely used by the scientific community from this centre. Over the last 10 years nearly 60 scientific papers and 20 theses have acknowledge the usage of the facilities of this centre.
During 1995 a National Facility for Interactive Graphics for Biomolecular Modelling, Dynamics and Structure was established in the institute under the BTIS programme, to provide services to whole Eastern Region. As a part of this facility a state-of-the-art Graphics Workstation (Silicon Graphics Indigo Solid Impact with R10K CPU) and a versatile Molecular modelling package Insight II (Biosym technologies) have been installed. This facility is now being extensively used by the scientists for the studies of biomolecular modelling. The number of external users is growing rapidly. Several scientific papers are coming out from this facility.

The centre has various manpower training programmes which include organization of Course works, Workshops, Seminars, Symposia, as well as consultancy. The centre is offering courses on "Introduction to Computers" and "Sequence Analysis" for students every year. The centre during the last five years has also provided training facilities to students from various regional universities.


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