The CARISM comprises the following divisions:
SASTRA University is committed to research in strengthening the Indian Systems of Medicine particularly Ayurveda and Siddha for the global acceptance by means of standardization and validation. With such keen interest to encourage its research activities and manpower development, SASTRA has established an autonomous multi–disciplinary independent Centre for Advanced Research in Indian System of Medicine (CARISM) in 2004.
Shri. Kapil Sibal, Inaugurating CARISM
CARISM was formally inaugurated on 6th March 2005 by Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister for Science and Technology and Ocean Development, Govt. of India, during his visit to SASTRA along with Prof. V. S. Ramamoorthy, Secretary, Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India who was the guest of honour. Shri Kapil Sibal applauded SASTRA for taking up advanced research in Indian System of Medicine and declared that the DST would extend all help for SASTRA's research activities.
The rigorous research training and excellent teaching offered at our University enable the pharmacologists of tomorrow with great scientific acumen. The M.Pharm., (Pharmacology) graduates may find employment in academia and industry. The research opportunities in Pharmacology are plenty as it encompasses all areas of drug discovery. Newer job opportunities are being created in the pharma industry for M.Pharm., (Pharmacology) graduates in outsourcing of clinical trials.
The subjects of study in pharmaceutics include physical chemistry of pharmaceutical systems, which is concerned with the development and optimization of the physico-chemical properties of traditional and novel drug dosage forms and systems; biopharmaceutics, which encompasses the study of the relationship between the nature and intensity of biologic effects of drugs and various dosage formulation factors; pharmacokinetics, which is the science of the quantitative analysis of drug concentration and drug effects in the body; and clinical pharmacokinetics, which is concerned with the application of pharmacokinetics to the safe and effective therapeutic management of individual patients.
The in-depth teaching and practical training of our postgraduate program prepare students for an extensive vista of career opportunities. Qualified graduates are highly sought for employment in academia and in-house R&D of pharmaceutical industries. Our Centre is well-equipped with all the requisite equipments as mentioned below to provide hands-on-training to the students. Keeping in mind the best capacity building, our curriculum is prepared in par with other well established centres like NIPER, DIPSER, etc. 16 students from different states are admitted with only First class qualification in B.Pharm and also in few cases with Gate qualification.
Drug Discovery is costly and time consuming. It has become much more multifaceted science, which warrants a multidisciplinary approach such as molecular biology, chemistry, toxicology, pharmaceutical sciences and computational technology. Taking into account, the latest disciplines such as bio-informatics, chemo-informatics, toxico-informatics, etc., Pharmacoinformatics has become mandatory in evolving new drug development. The course is tailor made to teach Pharmacy graduates about drug discovery technology and contribute fruitfully in the same. In addition to the presence of very well established bio-informatics, bio-engineering and bio-technology faculties and non availability of Pharmacoinformatics in the south, our University has come forward to assist pharmacy students to step into the innovative course by starting Pharmacoinformatics from this academic year. 7 students are admitted with two Gate qualified members. Their curriculum is planned in line with the leading institutions of our country.
The discipline phytomedicine and phytopharmacy deals with the herbal drugs, their extraction and the standardization and quality control studies. It gives a thorough study about the herbal formulation development and evaluation aspects. Phytomedicine and phytopharmacy may involve the various activities like isolation of various phytoconstituents from herbs and use of the same in various herbal formulations. The isolated phytoconstituents are can analysed by various instrumental techniques like UV Spectrophotometer, FTIR, NMR, GC-MS, LCMS, AAS, etc., to elucidate the structure. Phytomedicine and phytopharmacy relates the various research areas in biochemistry, molecular biology, plant physiology, pharmacology and genetics.
The rigorous research training and excellent teaching offered at our University enable the phytotherapists of tomorrow with great scientific acumen. The M.Pharm., (Phytomedicine and Phytopharmacy) graduates may find employment in academia, industry and various research sectors.