The Centre for Biotechnology was started within the Department of Microbiology in 1986-87 with the help from DBT. The biotechnology training at M. S. University of Baroda emphasizes the areas of Microbial technology and the main features of the programme are genetics, molecular biology, industrial microbiology and immunology. The basic training is given in microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, developmental biology, genetic engineering, biochemical engineering and some aspects of biophysics, biostatistics, plant tissue culture and environmental biology. This programme became the nucleus of activity for training and research in new and emerging areas of Biotechnology. The centre for Biotechnology has a strong base in Microbial Technology with main features as Genetics, Molecular Biology, Industrial Microbiology and Immunology.
The Bioinformatics Centre at the M.S. University of Baroda, Baroda, was established in 1989 as one of the Distributed Information Sub-Centres under the programme Biotechnology Information System (BTIS), to provide an updated and accurate information in the area of Biotechnology and also to provide access to information in other related areas through computer networks. The centre is equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities in terms of hardware, software, etc.
The services provided by the centre include online search through the Internet, offline search through CD-ROMs and E-mail. The CD-ROM database service is available for Biotechnology Abstracts, Biological and agricultural Index and Agricola (Agricultural Online Access) for providing information on the Biotechnological and agricultural aspects. This centre provides training to individuals and groups. For this purpose the centre has conducted several workshops/training programmes/conferences and has trained many scientists both from within the centre, the university and outside. The centre is also designated as an Indian sub-node of Bioinformatics under UNESCO's sponsored programme on International Cooperation in Bioinformatics in Asia having collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
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