Until the late 1970s use of computation resources to solve biological problems was a novelty. However, with the advent of computational power and a boom of data generation and availability, researchers have been able to develop tools, algorithms, and software that use experimental data to aid in answering crucial biological questions. Thus, Bioinformatics can be aptly called as an interdisciplinary or a trans-disciplinary area of science, as it is an amalgamation of Basic Sciences, Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Information Technology, Computer Science, and Statistics.
Graduates of Bioinformatics have diverse avenues to make a career with the skills and technology-know-how. Few of the avenues are, but not limited to:
The Training and Placement Cell organizes campus placement of the graduating students of all our campuses centrally, namely JIIT Noida, JUIT Solan, JUEU Guna and Jaypee Business School. The cell provides complete support to the visiting companies at every stage of placement process which includes Pre-Placement Talks, Written Tests, Interviews, Group Discussion etc. The placement of bioinformatics graduates has been more than 95% during the last four years with most of the students offered jobs in more than one industry, either MNCs or startup companies, in Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgaon, and other cities. Some of the companies are Cognizant, Infosys, Roots Analysis, and others.
Many of B.Tech. graduates are pursuing MS/Ph.D degrees in the top class Universities in the USA and Europe with scholarships.Profile of our high performance alumni can be accessed at https://www.juit.ac.in/department/bio/Distinguished_BI_Alumni.pdf
The department has set up collaborations with International Universities and Institutes (Lousiana Tech University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Joint Bioenergy Institute, University of California, Berkeley, University of Florida, Emory University) and many Indian universities and institutes (AIIMS, IHBT-Palampur, Panjab University, PGIMER-Chandigarh, IARI-Delhi, HPU-Shimla).
The bioinformatics graduates can pursue joint B.Tech& Masters degree by doing 3 years course work at JUIT and 2 years at University of Nebraska at Omaha. The graduates can also pursue their final semester atUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha for completing requirements of course work and project. Both these exchange programmes provide added advantage to bioinformatics graduates in high package jobs, eitherin the USA or India.
The four-year B.Tech Bioinformatics curriculum has been developed and tuned to keep updated with the developments in the ever-growing field of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
The 4 yearB.Tech curriculum is divided into 8 semesters, each semester of 14 weeks duration. The program is well structured as it emphasizes on sound foundation of basic and applied concepts. The 1st year of each program is common among all engineering streams. The 2nd and 3rd years include core courses of biotechnology and bioinformatics as well as courses from other physical and engineering streams. The final year provides flexibility to students for choosing elective courses. Research project is an integral component of curriculum in the final year wherein each student chooses a research problem of choice and decides to work with one faculty advisor. The students are encouraged to publish their results in peer reviewed journals or attend conferences. Some students even result in filing patents out of their research outcome.
The curriculum of Bioinformatics program is distributed such that it reflects the interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary nature (as seen in the pie chart below).Courses from various disciplinesare included in the curriculum that provide a strong foundation for future bioinformaticians.
|Courses from other hepartments||Potential outcomes|
|Humanities and Social Science||Ability to develop soft skills, good humane values, group and cooperative teamwork, and enterpreneurship|
|Physics||Understanding the physical processes and apply knowledge to biological problems|
|Mathematics||Ability to dissect and apply logical, cognitive processes and applications|
|Computer Science||Ability to analyze, design, model, and develop software and manage information systems|
Distribution of credits gained in the 4 yr.B.Tech Bioinformatics curriculum.