Go for bio-informatics
Bio-informatics plays a key role in drug designing and formulations, which is the reason for its emergence as a sought-after course nowadays
Students, who aspire for careers in pharmaceutical and bio-medical sector, found it difficult to find an alternative choice after bio-technology courses lost their demand. Subsequently, the colleges showed eagerness to promote a good alternative. Soon, the bio-informatics courses have come up as a better choice with the industry and pharmaceutical sector also evincing interest in recruiting them as bio-infromatists and also as bio-informaticians.
Bio-informatics plays a key role in drug designing and formulations, which is the reason for its emergence as a sought-after course nowadays. Students are being advised to do any combination of subjects with bio-informatics in under-graduate level and then go for M.Sc bio-informatics. A masters degree is stated to be essential for anybody to do well in careers.
At the undergraduate level, the BiBC is offered with the subjects – bio-informatics, biotechnology and chemistry. There is also another combination in BiBC with computer science replacing chemistry subject. A student is eligible to do masters in any subjects after passing at the UG level.
Courses related to bio-informatics have already been introduced in metro cities like Chennai and Hyderabad where the students aspiring for pharma sector could grab these opportunities. Slowly, the courses in this stream are being introduced in Tier II cities like Vijayawada.
Presently, the bio-informatics combinations are offered only at the UG level at Nalanda Degree College in Vijayawada. “We are offering two BiBC courses with chemistry and computer science separately. For masters, one should go to Hyderabad or Chennai. This will open up huge opportunities,” said M. Anuradha, principal of Nalanda Degree College.
Ms. Anuradha says that on completion, students of bio-informatics will find opportunities in all sectors of biotech, pharmaceuticals, biomedical sciences and research institutions. They are also recruited as bio-informaticians at hospitals and industries. Those, whose complete M.Sc in computer science after doing BiBC, will find chances as developers and system administrators at various IT companies. Those, who do M.Sc biotechnology, will be absorbed as plant and animal breeders and researchers as per their relevant specialisations.
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