[BiO BB] MPhil in (i) Drug Design; (ii) Bioinformatics @U of Kerala

Dr. Achuthsankar S. Nair sankar.achuth at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 22:50:20 EDT 2012

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Applications Invited: MPhil in Bioinformatics & MPhil in CADD @ UoK

Dear Fellow Academic,
Warm greetings from Department of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics!

We are happy to announce that the admissions to the Full-time MPhil
programmes, Bioinformatics 2012 and Computer Aided Drug Discovery 2012 are
open now @ University of Kerala. These interdisciplinary MPhil programmes
which are often seen as training for PhD, are designed for students who
intend to pursue additional academic degrees and students who seek post
masters credentials to further their career goals. We conduct the
programmes with the aim of fostering students whose theoretical as well as
practical exposures in the fields of Bioinformatics and Computer Aided Drug
Designing transcends both methodical and disciplinary boundaries. The
world-leading high quality-innovative MPhil programmes offered by
Department of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (DCB), for the
brightest and best students, are the first of its kind in India. These
one-year (2 semester programmes) are open to Computer Science, Life Science
and allied masters degree holders (MSc, MTech, MCA, MSc Agriculture,
MPharm, MD etc). What is more, all MPhils will be awarded in the faculty
from which candidates have their masters degree. If you have a masters
degree in a different subject, MPhil in Bioinformatics will be considered
as degrees in those disciplines for job-appointments!
What makes our MPhil Bioinformatics programme 'Unique'?

Bioinformatics, a relatively new revolutionary approach to science and
medicine, is a blend of biological science and computing techniques which
applies specifically at sub-cellular or molecular levels. Our
Bioinformatics- MPhil programme combines many advanced theoretical concepts
and computational as well as practical skills to acquire, analyze and
process the biological data to address significant problems in the field of
Bioinformatics. We aim to ensure the students with a fundamental foundation
that will help improve life science knowledge at the molecular level from
both computational and biological perspectives.
How the students will be benefited by MPhil Bioinformatics?

   - Gain moderate programmeming skills of relevance in processing
   bioinformatics data.
   - Acquirement of necessary mathematical knowledge that underpins various
   concepts in bioinformatics.
   - Acquirement of an awareness in many advanced genomic and proteomic
   topics in bioinformatics and allied areas including systems and synthetic
   - Develop critical thinking skills that will enable them to analyze
   competing perspectives and integrate various disciplines across academic
   - Acquire the background necessary for entry into Ph.D. programmes in

Our 'special' MPhil programme in CADD for those interested in

MPhil in Computer Aided Drug Designing introduces students many latest
tools and techniques in rational design of drug molecules which helps in
advancing the frontiers of Pharmacogenomics. It takes students across a
wide spectrum of drug designing solutions through progressive simulations,
dockings, comprehensive illustrations, and detailed exercises, thereby
making the programme an ideal solution for both the novice and the advanced
learner. MPhil CADD imparts:

   - Key knowledge about various diseases, causes and drugs from
   theoretical, practical and commercial perspectives.
   - Fundamental knowledge in Pharmacogenomics.
   - Core principles of molecular modeling and docking.

To enhance your career and to meet your career goals

MPhil holders who have masters in Computing/IT are suitable for employment
in IT sectors which take up software development work in Bioinformatics.
These include TCS which has a Molecular Biology Division which develops the
Bio-suite software, SciGemome @ kochi, C-DAC, the premier supercomputing
institution of the country which has a bioinformatics division in Pune.
MPhil graduates with masters in Life Science can look for openings in
Research & Development institutions in life science area, all over the
world. Institutions in India like RGCB, IGIB, CCMB, IIMT etc also have
Bioinformatics requirements. For CADD people, the fast growing Pharma field
is emerging into a major employer as it is increasingly using computational
tools for molecular drug designing. Moreover, the door to new research
careers is also open to MPhil holders. They can register for PhD at the
University of Kerala without any entrance test and are eligible to submit
their thesis in a minimum time of two years.
How to get an entry to the MPhil programme

Only 10 seats each are available for both MPhil Bioinformatics and MPhil
CADD. Students are admitted to both MPhil programmes separately, and
admission will be based on the marks scored in masters degree and the
entrance examination conducted by University of Kerala which will be held
on 06th October 2012. Entrance Examination will have 100 objective type
questions: 20 questions on computer science field; 20 questions on general
Biology, 60 questions on logic & numeric reasoning. There will be a single
exam for both streams with additional questions for those who apply for
both MPhils.
*Index Marks for Ranking:* 50% Aggregate in Master's Degree; 50% Entrance
The Semester fee is Rs. 15,000 and for reservation candidates we follow
Govt. of Kerala norms. Important Dates to Remember  Last date for receiving
applications : 10 August 2012  Date for Entrance examination : 06 October
2012  Venue : University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, T'puram  Classes
commence on : November 2012 (tentative)  Application Form and Fees Details

Download Application

   - Rs. 500 for Sponsored category
   - Rs. 250 for General category
   - Rs. 125 for SC/ ST students

Note: Separate fees to be paid for students who are appearing for entrance
test for both MPhil in Bioinformatics & MPhil in CADD.

Applicants may remit the following application fees and attach DD/Chalan
Receipt with the duly filled-in application form. DD may be obtained from
State Bank of Travancore/ State Bank of India or from State Co-Operative
Banks, in favor of Finance Officer, University of Kerala payable at State
Bank of Travancore - KUOC Branch, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram. Payments may
also be made directly to the University through its cash counters at
Palayam or Kariavattom, and Chalan receipt obtained. Payments can also be
made directly through FRIENDS centers, available in all districts of Kerala.
Feel the difference @ DCB

In DCB, you can find an academically rigorous and intellectually
stimulating environment, where we promote development of creativity,
critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We nurture a learning
environment rooted on trust, mutual respect, compassion, responsibility and
integrity. Our students can experience here a free atmosphere that allows
them to develop their social skills through classroom cooperation, group
projects, team discussions, and the development of friendly relationships
with faculties and fellow students. We foster our students to act
knowledgeably, to lead thoughtfully, to share generously, and to contribute
meaningfully. We have an active placement cell through which our students
can expect the freedom to develop their career and the support with which
to do it. DCB has been successful in creating a research ambiance which
molds most of its masters or MPhil students to turn to research. So far 23
of its MPhil students have taken up doctoral research at DCB or elsewhere.
We organize a wide variety of seminars, symposia and workshops.
'Bioinformatica Indica', an international bi-annual event is its flagship
event in this regard. We also arrange programmes to promote creative and
scientific temper in the younger generation. The Department is situated in
the beautiful and green Kariavattom Campus made greener by the DCB's "Trees
for 2100 AD" initiative.

Dear MPhil Aspirant,
Gear up! It's time to step into DCB. The whole DCB family welcomes you! We
wish everyone the best in their academics! All the best for the entrance
More Resources:  MPhil. Bioinformatics Syllabus Download
CADD Syllabus Download
Question Paper for Entrance Download
more details, we welcome you to meet us online @ DCB - Official

Kindly do not send unsolicited applications. You can send email to
admission.dcb at gmail.com or you can reach us through the post in the below

*Head of the Department*
Dept. of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
State Inter-University Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics (SIUCEB)
University of Kerala, North Campus - Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram,
India - 695581 | Call: +91 471 2308759

We are looking forward to see many of you in DCB in November.
Best regards,
*DCB Family*

*Dr Achuthsankar S Nair  *ഡോ. അച്യുത് ശങ്കര്‍ എസ് നായര്‍
Head, Dept of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Director, State Inter-University  Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics
*University of Kerala*, Trivandrum 695581, Kerala, INDIA
Tel (O) 0471-2308759 (R) 0471-*3192346*
http://dcb.keralauniversity.ac.in        www.achu.keralauniversity.edu

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