Advanced intellectual resources are a must for R&D, hence DBT has laid great stress on development/strengthening of these resources in NER.
Twenty five bioinformatics centers established across the 8 states of NER were networked as the North Eastern Bioinformatics Network (NEBINet). The North East Hill University (NEHU), Shillong (Meghalaya) has been designated as the nodal center for NEBINet. These Bioinformatics centres are provided with latest IT equipment to support the research activities of various institutions in NER.
DBT’s e-Library Consortium for North Eastern Region (NER-DeLCON) was established in the year 2010 through which access to 900 High Impact e-journals were subscribed by DBT and the facility was offered to 15 selected NER institutions.
During last year, three new institutions from NER were added to the consortium. An assessment indicated that scientists, faculty and students of these 18 institutions were using the subscribed e-journals extensively and also encouraging institutions in the neighborhood to utilise this service.
DBT has established a project on “Creation of an online human resource repository of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics resources of North East India (BABRONE)”.
This online repository will be the first of its kind that will provide comprehensive information regarding biotechnology and bioinformatics resources of NE India, preferably via open-source software. An online freely accessible e-learning server is proposed to be developed, which will serve as a common platform for uploading of learning materials, in addition to sharing of information/news as online discussion forum.
A database on the fermented food of North Eastern Region of India with an objective of extensive surveys and collection and digitisation of the method of preparation of the different fermented foods of North East India has been sanctioned.
A network programme proposed by 8 PIs from 7 different institutes of NE India on development of a ‘Digital database of bio-resources of North East India’ has been setup by DBT. The Programme is aimed at digitizing the data on a structured format, developing suitable ‘input’ and ‘output’ systems and making it available in the public domain.
Dr T Madhan Mohan, Adviser,
Department of Biotechnology,
Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi