Special Correspondent

It will throw light

on the need for standards in

the field

GULBARGA: The Luqman College of Pharmacy will be hosting a two-day national workshop on challenging techniques in phytochemical, analytical and pharmacological evaluation of herbal medicine on the college premises here from Friday.

College principal Syed Sanaullah told presspersons here that the workshop would be inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor of KLE Deemed University Chandrakant Kokate, who is a research scholar in medicinal plants.

Vasant Kumar, Registrar of the Rajv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, J. Madhusdana Rao of IICT, Hyderabad, and Prakash Diwan of NIPER, Hyderabad, will also participate in the inaugural session and deliver special lectures.

He said experts in the field of pharmacology, including S. Satyanarayana, S. Ganapathy from Andhra University, Kannan from Annamalai University, V.M. Kulkarni from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune, Hosamani from Karnatak University, Harish from Nargund College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, Sanjai Pai and Mueen Ahmed from Al Ameen College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, would deliver lectures in the technical sessions.

Prof. Sanaullah said the workshop would throw new light on the need for standardising many herbal drugs which were now being used traditionally for the purpose of patenting them and saving from the West.

He said that herbal drugs, which did not have any or have only minimal side effects, unlike allopathic drugs, were being used by Indians by extracting them from medicinal plants for the past several centuries. However, due to the lack of standardisation of these drugs and also documentation these drugs could not be patented.

Prof. Sanaullah said that Ayurveda, which uses herbal drugs, was yet to standardise its products. Ayurveda, which provides successful treatment to many diseases, including all types of hepatatis, arthritis and other chronic ailments, was not in a position to patent these drugs for the simple reason that these drugs are not documented and standardised.

The workshop would highlight the need for standardising these drugs using phytochemical, analytical and pharmacological evaluation. Prof. Sanaullah said that the workshop would go long way in helping research scholars and students.