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.
- The major areas of research are neuropharmacology and metabolic pharmacology. Following are the specific areas of research:
- Industrial Pharmacognosy
- Ethnopharmacognosy, Phytochemistry
- Biological evaluation of Medicinal Plants