♣ Innovative research lab another feather in department’s cap

Varanasi: Beside the ayurvedic museum, the establishment of an innovative research lab promises to add another feather to the cap of the Dravyaguna department this year.

According to Prof KN Dwivedi, head of the department, the state-of-the-art innovative research lab would become functional at the end of this year. The lab would witness installation of highly sophisticated machines, including the atomic absorption spectro photometer (for detection of heavy metals in herbal preparations) and HPLC (for establishing authenticity of ayurvedic drugs and herbal preparations), he added.

The innovative research lab would not only make the department self-reliant in terms of detection of heavy metals and establishing authenticity of heavy metals, it would also reduce its dependency on other departments including department of Medicinal Chemistry (faculty of Ayurveda) and Pharmaceutics (Institute of Technology) in the university.

As per Prof Dwivedi, the lab would be a boon for research scholars, who either have go to the Regional Research Institute (RRI) or the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, for various research studies. Similarly, it would also help in identifying newer indications in older ayurvedic drugs or herbal preparations besides acting as guidance and reference tool for the research scholars and faculty members, he added.

BHU V-C Prof DP Singh had recently inaugurated three labs, including the innovative research lab, at the department. While the innovative lab is for research scholars, other two labs– pharmacognosy and pharmacological– are for undergraduate students of the department.

Ayurvedic museum at a glance

# It is the only ayurvedic museum at faculty or departmental-level at an ayurvedic institute in the country with rich collection of around 450 medicinal plants and rare herbs

# The museum also witnesses rich collection of herbarium sheets containing parts of plants like flowers and leaves that are preserved under anti-fungal preparations

# Parts of traditional medicinal plants, including bulb of garlic and rhizome of turmeric, are also preserved here

# It has a wide range collection of rare medicinal plants with anti-viral properties, including kalmegh and ashwagandha

# The museum remains open for nine hours (8 am to 5 pm) for visitors, students and foreign nationals

About innovative research lab

# It would be equipped with highly sophisticated machines and equipments, including atomic absorption spectro photometer (for detection of heavy metals in herabal preparations) and HPLC (for establishing authenticity of herbal preparations)

# The lab would be a boon for research scholars for conducting various research studies in the department

# It would also help in identifying newer indications in older ayurvedic drugs

(Source: Prof KN Dwivedi, head, department of Dravyaguna, BHU)
Source: TOI

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