Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department
“Better drugs for better therapy” has always been a motto of medicinal chemists. Medicinal chemist plays central role in the identification of lead molecules, lead optimization, and organic synthesis which include synthesis on new compounds for the disease under investigation or development of new synthetic procedure of existing compounds. With an aim to bring expertise in future pharmacy graduates, the ISFCP, Moga started Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2006. The department is constituted with three organic-chemistry synthesis labs, research labs, polymer chemistry lab and instrument lab. All the labs are equipped with the modern research facilities. To tune the students with the current and future drug discovery scenario, a full functional molecular modeling and pharmacoinformatics lab was also started in 2008. The molecular modeling lab provides facilities for ligand based as well as structure based drug design and drug discovery.
Since its inception in 2006, the department flourished under the supervision of leading scientist and academicians like Prof. K. L. Dhar (Former Scientist and HOD, Department of Natural Products, IIIM Jammu), Prof. O. P. Suri (Former Scientist, IIIM Jammu) and Prof. T. R. Bhardwaj (Former Prof. UIPS, Panjab University, Chandigarh). The department is touching new horizons under the mentorship of Prof. T. R. Bhardwaj (HOD of Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry). His in-depth understanding of the subject, exceptionally hard working and cherished attitude has always motivated the students and young researchers.
Pharmaceutical Analysis Department
Pharmaceutical Analysis is one of the most important specialized branches of Pharmaceutical Sciences which involves analysis of Pharmaceutical products. Qualified Pharmaceutical Analysts/Chemists are basic need in each section of Pharmaceutical Industry. They are required by the Industry, research laboratories, and academic institutions not only in India but abroad as well. Pharmaceutical Industry requires analyst in various sections such as Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Analytical Development section, Bio-analytical development section, regulatory affairs and many more. Taking into consideration dire need for the PHARMACEUTICAL ANALYSTS, M. Pharm. in Pharmaceutical Analysis was started in 2008 at ISFCP.
From the research point of view Pharmaceutical Analysis department deals with development of analytical methods, bioanalytical methods, validation of developed methods, pre-formulations studies of patented and novel chemical entities, herbal drug standardization of medicinal plants, isolation and characterization of herbal biomarkers, chemometric analysis, pharmacokinetics determination of APIs in presence of herbal bio-enhancers and so on.
Department is well equipped with various sophisticated instruments along with a specialized laboratory named as ISF Analytical Laboratory (ISFAL). It is an endeavour of ISF College of Pharmacy to provide ‘Quality Analysis’ to small scale pharmaceutical industries of the region. It is committed to provide total customer satisfaction & compliance with regulatory bodies with maximum effectiveness & minimal cost. The department is under guidance of highly skilled and qualified faculty members with specifically international working experience.
Till date three batches have been passed out and all the students have been placed in various renowned industries. Our M. Pharm. students have been placed in various industries and academic institutes such as: Ind-Swift Laboratory Ltd.; Dabur India Ltd.; Ranbaxy Laboratory Ltd.; Wipro India Ltd. (CRO); Indian Pharmacopoeial Commission; Guru Nanak Dev University; M S University of Baroda; Alkem Laboratories and so on.
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.