The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research is today recognized among the leading university departments of the country and the best of its kind in the north-western region of India. NIRF, a survey by MHRD, Govt of india, has ranked the department with All India rank 16 and second after NIPER, Mohali in Punjab.
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and drug research has largely grown in size and activities during the last twenty five years of its existence has an alumni of nearly 1500 Pharmacy graduates, Post graduates as well as Ph D. They have been recognized proudly in the diverse fields in our country and aboard. Overall, the student once educated in the department recognize as its pioneering role in promoting the growth and development both at National as well as International levels and proven asset for the organization they join.
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research was an endeavour of Dr Joginder Singh Puar, Vice-Chancellor Punjabi university Patiala with the vision of opening research activities and educating punjabies in the pharmaceutical field. With this aim the department was initially started in the law building with first B Pharm Batch in the year 1993. Later the department building was inaugurated on November 24, 1995 by S. Harcharan Singh Brar, Chief Minister of Punjab. The department was envisaged since inception to develop into a centre of excellence for drug research and for training personnel at graduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels.
In these twenty five years the department has grown to larger extent with respect to faculty, infrastructure, financial assistance, student placements, alumni associations, etc. The department facilities include the administrative wing and lecture halls that are situated on the ground floor. The Pharmaceutics Division comprising laboratories, machine room, microbiology and fluid mechanics laboratory is situated on the ground floor. The Pharmaceutical Chemistry Division is located on the second floor. Pharmacology Division comprising neuropharmacology, cardiovascular and molecular pharmacology laboratories is situated on the third floor. Pharmacognosy and Pharmacy Practice Divisions also form a part of the third floor of the department. Apart from the basic amenities for undergraduate and post-graduate students, the department has a well-equipped analytical instrument room, library, conference room, animal house and museum. Prof. (Dr ) Manjeet Singh was the first HOD of the department. Prof. A K Tiwary, Prof R K Goel and Prof Pawan Krishan were the subsequent HOD of the Department. Presently, Dr. Gurpreet Kaur, is the Head of the Department and there are 18 faculty members in the Department.
The division of Pharmaceutics is actively pursuing research in niche areas of drug delivery. These include transdermal, colonic, bioadhesive, S-SEDDS, liquid preconcentrated microemulsion systems and nanoparticulate drug delivery systems. Studies on microspheres and tablets (ODTs, oral gels, etc) for modulating drug release are also being conducted. Development of spermicidal dosage forms also forms an integral part of research endeavors of this division. The Pharmacology division is engaged in studies on new target sites in Epilepology, Neuroprotection, Ischemia, ischaemic myocardium, diabetes induced neuropathy and biochemical pharmacology of memory. Pharmaceutical Chemistry group is involved in the design (QSAR studies) and synthesis of nonpeptide angiotensin receptor antagonists, insulin sensitizing agents and anti-adhesion molecules. Work on stress testing and degradation studies on drugs also forms a part of research pursuits of this group. The Pharmacognosy division is pursuing research related to phytochemical investigations on anti-anxiety and anti-diabetic drugs. Research interests of Pharmacy Practice division include assessment of anti-arthritic drugs, cardiovascular dysfunction and diabetic complications in patients.
The department hosted the 28th Conference of Indian Pharmacology Society from November 24-26, 1995. The department from January 22-26, 2001 hosted an International Conference on Pathophysiology and Drug Therapy of Cardiovascular Disorders. National Conference on Innovations in Drug Discovery and Research was organized by the department from 3-5 March 2009. In the year 2012 and 2014, the department organized national level one day seminar respectively on Drug delivery and Pharmacovigilance and UGC sponsored national seminar on emerging paradigms in pharmaceutical sciences. One day UGC-UKIERI international seminar on nano-therapeutics and crystal engineering was organized on 8th Feb, 2016. A seven day workshop on Chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques was held during June, 16-22, 2016. One day workshop on medical writing and meta-analysis was conducted on 7th Oct, 2016.
Pharmacology and Pharmacy practice
The Department has a rare distinction of being granted financial assistance under the coveted FIST scheme of Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi as well as SAP-I (2009-14) and SAP-II (2015-20) scheme of University Grants Commission, New Delhi in recognition of its excellent performance in academic and research areas. Department has successfully completed five major research projects funded by CSIR, New Delhi to Dr. A.K. Tiwary, Dr R K Goel, Dr Gulshan Bansal and Dr. Vikas Rana and three minor projects funded by UGC, New Delhi to Dr. Gurpreet Kaur, Mr Dhandeep Singh, Dr Ametashwar Singh Jaggi and Mrs. Yogita Bansal. In addition, six major research projects funded by UGC, New Delhi to Dr. R. K. Goel, Dr. Om Silakari, Dr. Gulshan Basal, Dr. Nirmal Singh, Dr. Vikas Rana, Dr Amteshwar Singh Jaggi, Dr A K Tiwary, Dr Gurpreet Kaur, Dr Suresh and Dr Pawan Krishan have also been successfully completed. A project sanctioned under Research Promotion Scheme of AICTE, New Delhi to Dr Gulshan Bansal and jointly to Dr. A. K. Tiwary and Dr Vikas Rana was successfully completed. Further, Dr. A. K. Tiwary completed a project sanctioned by ICMR, New Delhi and another one completed by Dr. R.K. Goel which was granted by DST, New Delhi and REBR, Moscow under the Indo-Russian collaboration scheme. A major research project funded by DST New Delhi to Dr Amteshwar Singh Jaggi is also completed. Dr Vikas Rana and Dr Om Silakari have been sanctioned a project, respectively from AICTE, New Delhi and DBT, New Delhi. Recently, Dr RK Goel obtained multi centric financial assistance from DST, New Delhi and RST Moscow with Dr G N Sastry IICT, Hyderabad and Prof. Valadimir V Poroikov, IBMC, Moscow worth Rs 119 lacs (Approx). Overall, This has earned the department a good name and the credibility of the teaching faculty is widely appreciated and accepted.
The department has earned international acclaim by successfully completing a consultancy project sanctioned to Dr. A. K. Tiwary by Kemin Industries Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, USA for testing one of its newly developed chemical for possible use as percutaneous permeation enhancer in transdermal formulations. Bio Plus Ltd., Hosur, Karnataka has sanctioned one consultancy to Dr. Subheet Jain to work on Biosafety evaluation of Jaymer. The pharmaceutical companies regularly contact the teaching faculty for their expert comments on product development thus, enabling a good academia-industry interaction. Further, experts are invited from the industry in order to expose the students to the latest trends being practiced in the pharmaceutical industry.
The students of the department have found placements in leading Pharma Companies; Ranbaxy/ Sun Pharma, Torrent, Cadila, Ind Swift, Morepen, Jubliant Organosys, Jubliant Chemsys, Cipla, Dabur and Panacea Biotech to name a few. In addition, many students have gone abroad for further studies. The department maintains a close contact with leading pharmaceutical companies for training and placement of its students. Recently, IOL chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Barnala, Sentiss Pharmaceuticals Baddi and IDS, Mohali visited department for the placement of students. In addition, an initiative is taken to motivate the students through motivational and experience based Lectures from our alumni. This helps students to face interviews and other job related test confidently.
The name of few faculty members figures in the panel of reviewers of prestigious international journals like European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Carbohydrate Polymers, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, AAPS PharmSci.Tech., AAPS Journal, Current Drug Delivery, International J of Pharmaceutics, Acta Pharmalogica Sinica, European Journal of Pain, Journal of Food Science and Technology, Journal of Alzheimers, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Psychopharmacology, Journal of Chromatography, Journal of Nanoparticulate Research and Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis.
Approximately 820 publications in journals of international repute made by pharmaceutics, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical chemistry divisions have brought an international fame to the department. This is evident from the recent four patents filled and research publications in Natural Product Reports (IF-10.41), European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics (IF 4.25), European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (IF3.35), Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents (IF4.2), Expert Opinion Drug Delivery (IF4.8), International Journal of Pharmaceutics (IF3.7), Carbohydrate Polymers (IF4.1), Pharmacological Research (IF 4.4), Journal of Ethnopharmacology (IF 3.26), Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review (IF 10.5), Analysis (IF 4.23).