It gives me immense pleasure and honor to compile and present the booklet on the
Bioinformatics National Certification (BINC) examination and the DBT-BINC-JRF programme
on behalf of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. The booklet is
designed with an objective to serve as a single point reference to all the stakeholders of the
BINC examination in general and the BINC fellowship awardees and their imminent
supervisors in particular. The BINC examination was introduced in 2005 to identify and certify
professionals in the area of Bioinformatics as the subject has emerged as an independent
discipline over the years and is assuming an increasingly important role in the Life Sciences
research in the post-genomic era.
There are two major aspects of conducting the BINC examination viz. academic and
administrative. The academic component has been spearheaded and mentored by Prof. A. S.
Kolaskar (Former Vice Chancellor, University of Pune; Founder Director, Bioinformatics Centre
and Chairman, BINC National Coordination Committee), and the esteemed members of the
BINC National Coordination Committee. The Coordination Committee has been the driving
force in setting and maintaining high standards of the BINC examination. This examination is
novel and unique in the sense that it employs a three-tier system including an objective,
subjective and practical examination to evaluate the knowledge and skill set of the candidates.
The Bioinformatics community in India has been extremely supportive by contributing as
paper setters, moderators, and evaluators.
With a modest beginning as a Distributed Information Center under the BTIS network of
DBT in the year 1987, the Bioinformatics center has evolved as a Center of Excellence. Despite
the decline in the faculty strength in 2008-09, the centre is able to embark on various activities
mainly due to wholehearted support extended not only by the staff of the centre and but also
the associated faculty members, some of who also served as the Observers for B