National Seminar on Biomedical Informatics

       (Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology)

  (September 23 - 24, 2005)

Bioinformatics Centre

JB Tropical Disease Research Centre

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences

SEVAGRAM (Wardha) – 442 102

About  Sevagram

Sevagram was the defacto capital of India during the struggle for Independence. In 1936 Gandhiji identifying himself with poorest of the poor, settled in the remote village of Segaon rechristined as ‘Sevagram’. A small village in the heart of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra state situated 5 kms from the town of Wardha and 76 kms from the city of Nagpur. The crucial meetings of the congress working committee were held here and the “Quit India” resolution was passed in July 1942 at Sevagram.

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS)       

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences located in rural setting within 5 min. walking distance from Gandhi Ashram, is the First Rural Medical Institute in India established in 1969 as Gandhi Centenary Project under the dynamic leadership of (Late) Dr. Sushila Nayar. During her leadership of 30 years the institute grew into a huge 648 bedded Kasturba Hospital with the state of the art facilities attached to the medical institute, which grooms and moulds conscientious doctors every year. MGIMS is a pioneering medical institution with its innovative approaches in academic curricula, training of personnel with rural bias and providing health care facilities to rural masses with dedication. The hospital caters to the health needs of the rural people of the surrounding areas and neighboring states. The institute is presently striving forward under the able guidance of her new President Shri Dhiru S. Mehta, a man with dynamism coupled with Gandhian ideals and passion.


Jamnalal Bajaj Tropical Disease Research Centre (JBTDRC)

Jamnalal Bajaj Tropical Disease Research Centre is the result of sustained problem based research activity by the Biochemistry Department for more than two decades at MGIMS, with support from ICMR, CSIR, DST, WHO/TDR, Indo US STI, DBT & KHS. JBTDRC was established in 1994 to expand the Institute’s ongoing Research Programmes in Tropical Diseases such as filariasis and tuberculosis prevalent in this region. The main thrust has been to apply the latest and sophisticated techniques of immunology and molecular biology in developing tools for immunodiagnosis, monitoring, immunoprophylaxis, surveillance and their application in the field for better management and control of filariasis and tuberculosis.

Bioinformatics Centre (BIC)

Bioinformatics Centre at JBTDRC, MGIMS was established in May 1999 with support from Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology as a part of National Bioinformatics Network to establish link among Scientists in organisations involved in Biotechnology related research activities. The Centre is actively involved in research and providing bibliography service & training at In-house, Regional & National level. In addition, this Centre publishes SEVAMED, a Quarterly update on Infectious Disease Research and Traditional Medicine. This publication has been well received by medical teachers and scientists through out India. The Centre has thrust on Biomedical Informatics. This Centre possesses Server-1, PCs-15, (PIV, PIII, PII), LAPTOP-2, Printers (Laser, Inkjet, Dot-matrix) running on different systems (Win 95, 98, 2000, Win-XP, Win-NT, DOS) using different packages (MS office 97, PageMaker, Adobe etc.) and Medline CD Database. Other equipments available include Switch 24 port, Desktop LCD projector, Scanner, CD writer, Internet sharer, Zip drive, Flash drive (2), Modem, Fax machine, Canon Photocopier, Canon workstation cum Printer, Xerox workstation cum printer, Godrej Copier cum Printer, Digital camera, Sony Handy Camcorder, OHP etc. Bioinformatics Centre and JBTDRC laboratories are networked through LAN. Centre has developed database software TbDB, FilaDB, ObSoft, GynSoft, PsySoft for recording & retrieval of data on Tuberculosis, Filariasis, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry patient’s related information. A database of JBTDRC Research Publications in thrust areas has also been developed.  Proceedings of National Symposium on Medical Informatics & CME on Hospital Information System as a reference book, which include the basics of computer to advances & its application in Medical Informatics has been published and also uploaded on the website

About the Seminar

A National Seminar on Biomedical Informatics is being organized for exposing Teachers, Scientists and PG / Ph. D Students to the advances in Clinical Informatics and Hospital Information System and Bioinformatics related to Proteomics, Genomics, Industrial, Agriculture, Horticulture, Drug & Pharmaceutical and Environmental Biotechnology etc. There will be interesting lectures on the topics related to these areas by the Eminent Experts. A Brain Storming Session on the need and contents of publication of Indian Journal of Biomedical Informatics is also planned. The number of participants will be restricted to 20, Teachers, Scientists, Postgraduate and Ph.D. students who are familiar with operation of computers and desire to enhance their skill by learning emerging techniques in the areas of computers & Information Technology.


The faculty will be drawn from DBT, ICMR,  Bioinformatics Centre, National Research Institutes & Universities.

How to Apply 

Applicants are requested to send their brief resume, along with the registration form duly filled in before the due date.

 Last Date

Application must reach us on or before August 1, 2005.

Registration fee

Rs. 500/- (Inclusive of Information kit, Lunch, Dinner, Tea etc., to be paid after hearing acceptance). The selected candidates will be informed through e-mail by August 15, 2005.


Bioinformatics Centre, JB Tropical Disease Research Centre, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Sevagram– 442 102.


Accommodation can be arranged in the Institute of Gandhian Studies / Yatri Nivas / Arogyadham complex near the Institute on payment basis. Advance towards rent  (Rs 200/- for three days) should be enclosed along with the registration fee.

HOw to reach

Sevagram / Wardha is on railway lines. You may directly reach Institute of Gandhian Studies / Yatri Niwas / Arogyadham complex by auto (approx. fare Rs 40 / 50). Venue is just 5 min walking distance from the Yatri Nivas / Arogyadham complex. Participants are advised to make their return journey reservation well in advance.

Looking forward to Welcome you at Sevagram

Address For Correspondence 


Dr. B. C. Harinath

Director, JB Tropical Disease Research Centre &

Coordinator Bioinformatics Centre

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Sevagram, (Wardha) - 442102


Ph: +91 7152 - 284341-284355, Ext: 262,303

TeleFax: +91 7152 - 284038




Registration Form