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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 annual turnover of the Indian herbal medicinal industry is about INR 2,300 crore with a growth rate of about 10 percent annually. The export of medicinal plants and herbs from India has increased in the last few years but not signi?cant as Chinese herbal industry and few other developing countries, despite of the fact that India has well-recorded and well-practiced knowledge of traditional herbal medicines. There are several factors behind this like, lack of well-documented traditional use, single-plant medicines, medicinal plants free from pesticides, heavy metals etc., standardization based on chemical and activity profile and well framed regulatory aspects. But still there is an enormous scope for India to emerge as a major player in the global herbal product based medicine. Therefore, Pharmacognosy is one of the core subjects in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. The ISF College of Pharmacy, Moga has a core philosophy of its contribution in the quality control and technology advancement in the field of herbal drugs. Hence, the Department of Pharmacognosy has been established in the year 2006 at ISF college of Pharmacy, Moga with the aim to produce experts in the field of herbal drug technology to cater the need of the Nation to be at par with developed countries in the Global Herbal Market.
The department is constituted with one UG lab, three PG labs (one for Ist year PG and two labs fully dedicated to research), instrumentation lab that is well equipped with modern instruments like HPTLC (CAMAG, Switzerland), Lyophillizer (Labtech, Daihan, Korea), Remi Cooling Centrifuge , Motic Digital microscope, Rota Evaporator (Roteva), BOD incubator, CO2 incubator (New Brunswick, USA), Spectrophotometer and Flourimeter, to tune the students with the current and future drug discovery scenario in natural products. Since inception, the department flourished under the supervision of experienced academicians. The department is headed by Dr. Vinod Gauttam. He is assisted by Mr. Darshan Singh, Ms. Seema Brar. The department is dedicated for the research in the field of Quality control of the herbal drug, which is utmost need of the hour. The Pharmacognosy department is also involved in the development of standardized herbal formulations for various diseases. Within the span of seven years the department has produced 62 M. Pharm, Two PhDs and has published numbers of research papers in the journals of National and International repute. The department is also funded with the grants for the research and development in the field of herbal drug technology from various Government agencies.