Bioinformatics : Opportunity in international job market
Bioinformatics is the use of computational tools to handle biological data. It is a combinational effort of computer scientists and biologists to foster biotechnology research and solve biological mysteries. It requires computers and high-speed internet connection as the component. Bioinformatics creates the opportunity for our scientists to take part in world class research. However, we immediately need to build national Bioinformatics policy and include courses on bioinformatics at graduate level in order to get the maximum benefit.
Bioinformatics experts have huge international job market. But for getting benefit from it, research and education plan in the area of Bioinformatics are needed for Bangladesh . India and even Jamaica have their National Bioinformatics Policy and are manufacturing skilled manpower in this discipline. We should put emphasis on open access publication of bioinformatics and, on a collective effort of policy makers and academic personnel which can further this initiative. Communication gap holds back progression of valuable research activities. We need cooperative approach of Government body towards scientists, and regular dialogue sessions between policy holders and researchers.
Additionally, we should build infrastructure for advanced bioinformatics research and try to increase the current computer laboratory facility. Such facility is available in some prominent universities. But this type of facility is required also in other universities. Commencement of graduate-level courses and training on Bioinformatics will deliver vast advantages for this area. Moreover, Bioinformatics also need economy-driven research initiative that will consequently serve national interests.