Specialization :  Pharmacognosy

Pharmacognosy deals with scientific study of crude drugs from plants, animals, microbes and minerals. It includes quality control, standardization, isolation & characterization of phytoconstituents and formulation development. The Pharmacognosy specialization of the department provides instructional and research training to the students in the areas of isolation of phytoconstituents, formulation development & standardization of herbal drugs and evaluation of biological activity of medicinal plants. Apart from classical Pharmacognosy the division is now diversifying itself in the frontier areas of phytomedicine.

Research Focus:

The major areas of research being conducted under the Pharmacognosy specialization includes:

  • Industrial Pharmacognosy
  • Phytopharmaceutics,
  • Ethnopharmacognosy, Phytochemistry
  • Biological evaluation of Medicinal Plants

The details of research studies being conducted in the department are as follows: 

  • Drug discovery and lead generation from natural sources
  • General quality control methods for crude drugs and protocol development for specific medicinal plant materials
  • Development of chemical process/technologies for natural products involving extraction, isolation and quantification
  • Development of formulation methods, standardization and stability studies of herbal drugs, herbominerals, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals of natural origin
  • Ayurvedic formulation development and standardization with novel approaches
  • Biological evaluation and validation of medicinal plants in various therapeutic areas like antidiabetic, hypolipidemics, immunomodulatory, antioxidants, anti-gastric ulcer, wound healing, antidiarrheal, hepatoprotective, analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

Prospective newer dimensions of research and learning include:

  • Plant DNA based molecular markers
  • Nanophytomedicine
  • Plant tissue culture and animal cell culture

Major Achievements:

  • Will be updated soon.

Recent Publications: