A One Week-National Workshop on Herbal Drugs: Issues & Challenges concluded at GNDU
Amritsar, September 23: A One-Week National Workshop on Herbal Drugs: Issues & Challenges was concluded today at the new building of the UGC- Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) of the Guru Nanak Dev University. This Workshop was conducted under the aegis of PMMMNMTT Scheme by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. As many as 32 participants including budding Research Scholars pertaining to a multiplicity of academic disciplines from Punjab and other far-flung states of the country are participating in it.
Prof. Hardeep Singh, Dean Students Welfare, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for the valedictory session. In his valedictory address, he said that the herbal drugs are being used in our civilization since millennia in one form or the other and our ancient literature is a treasure-trove of these herbal drugs. Of late, the herbal drugs used for the treatment of various ailments is again gaining popularity, over the allopathic medicines, he said further. Emphasizing on the blending of traditional knowledge of herbal drugs with the modern scientific approach, he opined that this approach is imperative for exploring the field of herbal medicines for the treatment of the ailments. He also highlighted the utility of employing the interdisciplinary approach in the exploration of these medicines, as discovery of new medicines is a herculean, long process and it involves the role of various branches of sciences ranging from Botany, Chemistry, Physiology etc. In addition to these challenges, many legal ethical issues are also involved in it, he further said. The need of the hour for all, especially for the Pharmaceutical Scientists, is to be more innovative, creative, analytical, inquisitive, he concluded.
Prof. P.M.S. Bedi, Head, Deptt. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, GNDU, Amritsar and the Coordinator formally introduced the Chief Guest to the audience. Dr. Balbir Singh, Deptt. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, GNDU, Amritsar and the Deputy Coordinator of the Workshop briefly summarized the curricula of the Workshop. The participants profusely expressed their gratitude to the organizers and said that they had really got themselves enlightened during this Workshop and also made a few fruitful suggestions. In the end, certificates were given away to the successful participants. Dr. Sarabjit Kaur, Deptt. of Pharmaceutical Sciences proposed the vote of thanks.