M. Pharm in Pharmacognosy

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Overview

The curing of diseases has for many ages involved experiments with natural products, eventually evolving into modern drug therapy. Pharmacognosy is a multidisciplinary science and systematic study of crude drugs obtained from various natural resources. This discipline deals with naturally derived drugs and incorporates modern analytical techniques for the authentication and standardisation of crude drugs. Pharmacognosy is significant to the discovery of new drugs, and as per the WHO, nearly 70% of the world’s population rely on herbal and natural products for the treatment of various ailments, preferring them for their lack of /​minimal side effects. Development of herbal drug formulations, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals are also the integral part of the discipline. 

Objective

This program will equip students to develop advanced knowledge in theoretical and applied topics.

  • To offer high order skills in analysis, critical evaluation, and professional application
  • To inculcate the ability to think differently and independently
  • To cultivate the ability to solve complex problems related to research and pharmaceutical processes

Highlights

  • International Competitions

    Students can earn 1 – 3 credits by participating in the international competitions, or with a presentation in a conference or publication in a journal that wins awards. Students can earn additionally 1 – 3 credits through participation in international competitions through technical work. 

  • Group Project

    A group of 5 students can work on a project of an interdisciplinary nature and be constituted of members from across departments. Students are required to develop a report for assessment and demonstrate the working of the project. The IPR rights of all such work lies with the University only. 

  • INDUSTRIAL INTERNSHIP/PROJECT

    Students can opt for internship in an industry, business or research organisation. Alternatively, students can undertake a mini-project requiring self-directed study that can be perused within the affiliated Faculty. It is also necessary for the student to submit a report and make a presentation to the members of the panel constituted by the HoD for assessment.

  • Dissertation and Publication

    There are two parts to this course, a dissertation and publication. Each student has to choose a relevant topic and work individually to write the dissertation. The topic needs to be approved by the committee constituted by HoD. Publication is a stage wherein dissertation work of the student is converted into a technical paper to be published in reputed conferences/​journals.

Ours is a 28-year-old premier institution in pharmaceutical sciences in the private sector that

  • Uses application-based learning 
  • Offers internship, training, and placement support with various worldwide universities and industries
  • Provides varied research opportunities
  • Includes expert guest lectures from varied institutions and industries 
  • Offers workshops, industry visits, group discussions and debates
  • Classes in small batches to encourage in-depth learning
  • Ensures a group project and dissertation as output

  • Our emphasis on applied brilliance translates into a campus that is buzzing with activity, whether in the form of guest lectures, seminars, workshops and industry events or student-organised activities and competitions
  • With 9 Faculties from different areas of study, multidisciplinary thinking is a way of life at RUAS
  • From a host of eateries and cafes to convenience stores and coffee vending machines, our campus has been designed and developed to ensure that the needs of every student are met
  • With access to RUAS’s numerous facilities, students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular sports and cultural events
  • The University offers a range of on-campus accommodation options. Third party, off-campus hostels are also available

Structure

Study Domains

  • PSC

    Programme Specialisation Course

    • An overview into all courses in Pharmacognosy, such as Advanced Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry, Industrial Pharmacognostical Technology, Medicinal Plant Biotechnology, Indian System of Medicine, and Herbal Cosmetics etc.
  • DCC

    Department Common Course

    • A deep dive into the core domain of Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques.
  • FCC

    Faculty Common Courses

    • Includes courses in Research Methodology and Biostatistics, and Journal Club.
  • MC

    Mandatory Courses

    • Students are required to participate in national and international seminars, conferences and workshops and work on presenting and publishing research papers in reputed journals in India and abroad.
  • PD

    Programme Dissertation

    • The work for the dissertation includes an introduction to professional and personal development, language courses, and life skills. This is aimed at contributing to the development of the spirit of enquiry, fostering techniques of research, critical analysis and acquainting a student with the latest advances in medical science. It includes learning how to identify and consult available literature.
  • GP

    Group Project

    Students can work on a common project with faculty from multiple disciplines to earn credits. This project should design, develop, and evaluate a drug moiety, dosage form, product, data, or process in an area of specialisation.

Course Progression

Course Credits
Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

MPG101T Theory

4
Advanced Pharmacognosy - I

MPG102T Theory

4
Phytochemistry

MPG103T Theory

4
Industrial Pharmacognostical Technology

MPG104T Theory

4
Pharmacognosy Practical I

MPG105P Practicals

6
Seminar/Assignment

MPG106 Theory

4

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits
Medicinal Plant Biotechnology

MPG201T Theory

4
Advanced Pharmacognosy - II

MPG202T Theory

4
Indian Systems of Medicine

MPG203T Theory

4
Herbal Cosmetics

MPG204T Theory

4
Pharmacognosy Practical II

MPG205P Practicals

6
Seminar/Assignment

MPL206 Theory

4

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits
Research Methodology and Biostatistics

MRM301T Theory

4
Journal Club

MPJ302 Theory

1
Group project

MMC301 Theory

4
Discussion/ Presentation (Proposal Presentation)

MPR301 Theory

2
Research Work

MPR302 Practicals

14

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits
Journal Club

MPJ402 Theory

1
Research Work

MPR403 Theory Practicals

16
Discussion/Interim - Final Presentation

MPR404 Theory Practicals

3
Participation/Presentation: National/International Seminar, Conferences, Workshops

MMC501 Theory

1
Publication: National / International Journals

MMC502 Theory

1
Academic/Research Award: State/National/International Agencies

MMC503 Theory

1

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Details

During each semester, students’ performance is assessed through Continuous Evaluation (CE) which includes teacher interaction, sessional examination and a Semester End Examination (SEE).

Students are awarded grades based on the marks scored. 

Key Skill Development:

  • Ability to discuss the theoretical aspects of extraction, identification and purification of phytoconstituents
  • Ability to discuss the role of biotechnology in improving the quality and yield of crops
  • Ability to develop techniques for new product development from natural sources
  • Ability to design methods of standardisation for herbal drugs or formulations
  • Ability to isolate and estimate various phytoconstituents from natural sources
  • Ability to do team work and work towards lifelong learning and continuous improvement

Careers

  • Researcher

  • PhD

  • Pharmacist

Admissions

Eligibility

  • Candidates who have passed B.Pharm degree examinations of an Indian University established by law in India and from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India
  • Candidates should have secured not less than 55% marks in aggregate of 4 years or equivalent CGPA of B.Pharm for General Category
  • Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes should have passed with 50% (as per PCI Gazette Notification dated 10.12.2014)

It is mandatory to submit a migration certificate obtained from the University where the candidate had passed their qualifying B.Pharm degree.

Application Process

University Quota

The students (Including Foreign / NRI) aspiring for admission are required to appear for the entrance examination conducted by the University — Post Graduate Entrance Test (M. Pharm)

Through Government of Karnataka Quota

The students aspiring for admission are required to appear and qualify the Postgraduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET) Conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) — Bangalore, Govt. of Karnataka. ( http://​kea​.kar​.nic​.in/​m​p​h​a​r​m​a​_​2​0​1​8.htm)

Fees & Scholarships

Government Seats:

  • As per Government of Karnataka for Indian nationals

University Seats:

  • Rs 1,88,550 per annum for Indian nationals

Eligibility

  • A pass in first degree from a recognized University
  • Equivalence certificate by Association of Indian Universities
  • Proof of proficiency in English with a minimum TOEFL score of 8

Application Process

University Quota

The students (Including Foreign / NRI) aspiring for admission are required to appear for the entrance examination conducted by the University — Post Graduate Entrance Test (M. Pharm)

Through Government of Karnataka Quota

The students aspiring for admission are required to appear and qualify the Postgraduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET) Conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) — Bangalore, Govt. of Karnataka. ( http://​kea​.kar​.nic​.in/​m​p​h​a​r​m​a​_​2​0​1​8.htm)

Fees & Scholarships

NRI/ Foreign Students:

  • USD 5000 + Other fee Rs. 38,550 per annum

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