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Raymond Lau drew my attention to the Bachelor of Science degree in bioinformatics at the University of Hong Kong.


Niranjan Swaroop Sharma wrote to tell me about the Bioinformatics Institute of India which is offering a whole range of bioinformatics programmes and qualifications in both regular and distance learning formats. I would have reported on this earlier, but have not been able to view the site in Mozilla. I finally viewed the site using Konqueror today (24Jul03). Perhaps some tinkering with the ASP code is needed there...

The Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore has a Bioinformatics Centre which offers a PhD in the subject and takes masters students from the SERC department.

Vaibhav Sinha wrote to tell me that the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) in Bangalore is offering bioinformatics courses.

According to Rahul Agrawal, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi provides courses in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. He adds that another branch of the Institute, IIT Kharagpur also provides various courses in this area.

There is an Advanced (Graduate) Diploma in Bioinformatics in the Bioinformatics Centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Madurai Kamaraj University in Madurai, India claims to have been the first in the country to initiate a bioinformatics programme and advanced diploma in bioinformatics at its School of Biotechnology

Risabh Bhandari writes to say:

"The recently rechristened CBT (Center for Biochemical Technology) [link dead 13Nov02] which is a CSIR Lab [in New] Delhi has started a PG Diploma in Bioinformatics in association with Informatics institute. The course covers a large area in the field with [its] primary focus on computational and programming concepts. The course is 6 months in duration, [and] conducted at the national Head office of [the] Informatics institute."

The University of Pune, Maharashtra offers its MSc. in Bioinformatics and Advanced Diploma in Bioinformatics at the Bioinformatics Centre, India.

Uma Paresmeswaran wrote to say that SASTRA, which is based near Trichy, Tamil Nadu, will be offering a B.Tech.Programme in Bioinformatics from 2003/2004, the first institute in India offering this course at the undergraduate level?

There is, according to Aditi Arur, an MSc distance education program in Bioinformatics, offered by Sikkim Manipal University India.


Dr Amir Feisal Merican wrote to say that the Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, is offering a BSc (Bioinformatics) undergraduate degree programme. Yam confirmed this that this degree has been taught for 3 years.

Hazmy Iman wrote to say that the School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Malaysia (UKM) offers an undergraduate degree programme in Bioinformatics. The programme is taught both in English and Malay language (depends on the course).


Thanks to Abdul Hameed for pointing out that two universities in Pakistan---COMSATS Institute of Technology and the Mohammad Ali Jinnah University---will be offer four-year Bachelor of Sciences degrees in bioinformatics from September 2003.


The Bioinformatics Centre of the National University of Singapore offers Undergraduate and PhD programmes in conjunction with the life sciences departments and research institutions at NUS.

Lam Ah Wah wrote to tell me that the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) starts a BioInformatics undergraduate and part-time post-graduate MSc course in Jul 2002. Be warned: their Web site has hideous frame/window based "portal" which breaks half a dozen rules of good interface design. Chua Hian Koon managed to find a better link, and I browsed from there to the syllabus here.

If you know of any other bioinformatics courses is Asia please feel free to [/sendmessage.php? mail] me about them.

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