Department of Pharmacognosy

Pharmacognosy Department

Pharmacognosy is one of the core subjects in the field of pharmaceutical sciences which deals with the rapid developments in the knowledge and utilization of medicinal ingredients of natural origin (plant, animal and marine products) used in human and veterinary purpose. This subject provides information about the principles, procedures and techniques used in the identification, authentication, and extraction, isolation of potent phytochemicals by chromatography techniques, purification and development of herbal formulations and assay methods for the isolated constituents. Attention is paid to the development of standardization protocols for the herbal constituents and formulations. The department is dedicated for the research in the field of Quality control of the herbal drug, which is utmost need of the hour. This department is also maintaining a medicinal garden, which serves as an educational display of medicinal and aromatic plants. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 80 percent of the population of some Asian and African countries presently uses herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. The export of medicinal plants and herbs from India has increased in the last few centuries. So, Pharmacognosy branch have a broad scope in isolation, identification and standardization of crude drugs and bioactive compounds for further usage.

The department is constituted with one UG lab that is well equipped with modern instruments like:

  1. Compound Microscope
  2. Dissecting Microscope
  3. Projection Microscope
  4. Camera Lucida
  5. Muffle Furnace
  6. IR Moisture Balance
  7. Soxhlet Apparatus
  8. Clevenger Apparatus
  9. UV Cabinet
  10. Hot Air Oven