Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB)
The Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bangalore, was established by the Government of k with support from ICICI Bank. It was set up on the recommendation of the Vision Group on Biotechnology, an advisory body to the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The Vision Group includes representatives from academia, industry and government, each recognizing the strengths of the other and the tremendous value to be gained by working together. IBAB’s mission is to catalyze the growth of the biotechnology and bioinformatics industries in India.
The institute has the following immediate objectives:
- Become a globally recognized institution of higher learning in bioinformatics and biotechnology
- Undertake short-term training programmes especially executive training programmes to upgrade skills of professionals in related industries
- Provide incubation and other services to entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs
- Carry out research and development
IBAB has a PhD programme, which is recognized by Manipal University, Manipal. It also has an MSc programme, (formerly recognized by the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, and now recognized by the University of Mysore, Mysore). Since its founding, the institute has run postgraduate diploma programmes (since closed down to enable the faculty to focus on the Masters’ programme), where the Diploma was offered by the institute itself. Some of the modules of the masters’ and diploma’ programmes have been offered as ‘modular courses‘ and are open to the public. Finally, the institute has an internship programme, which accepts students who are studying at other institutions for a research stint.