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 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.

 

Pharmacy has grown as a separate branch of science with its wings spreading into several branches of Drug Discovery. It is involved in all the steps pertaining to a drug, from its discovery, development, action, safety, formulation, use, quality control, packaging, storage, marketing, etc. Considering the above facts, pharmacy professionals can be considered as ''drug specialist''. Currently, the profession of pharmacy has transformed into a heart for the ''Universal Healthcare'' with multidisciplinary and multifaceted curriculum. Following are the prime areas in which pharmacy professionals are in great demand: • New Drug Discovery Research (NDDR): Discovering a new drug has assumed prime importance in the post-GATT era. • Process Development (P&D): One of the important areas in bulk drugs industry is developing viable processes for the manufacture of drugs and intermediates for their commercial production. • Formulation & Development (F&D): Formulation development and research occupies the core of any pharma company’s R&D activity. Novel drug delivery system (NDDS) research is the key area, which is developing rapidly. • Clinical trials, Bioequivalence studies, Toxicological Studies: These are some of the areas of clinical research which are in high demand as they are involved in the systematic evaluation of potential drug substances prior to getting them approved by the authorities. Taking into account the above facts which form part and parcel of being one of the Centre's objectives of capacity building in the field of Medicine and Pharmacy, SASTRA has initiated M.Pharm., programme in three branches namely, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacoinformatics from the ensuing academic year 2006-07.
The Centre for Advanced Research in Indian System of Medicine (CARISM) at SASTRA University has been approved by the Directorate of Drug Control of Tamilnadu for carrying out tests for identity, purity, quality and strength of a variety of Ayurvedic and Siddha drugs or raw materials used in the manufacture thereof. The approval to the CARISM is yet another achievement to the center which is recognized by the AYUSH, Ministry of Health, and Govt. of India as a National Drug Testing Facility. CARISM is currently engaged in research for standardization of traditional formulations to cure Arthritis, Leucoderma, Cardiovascular diseases and obesity besides various other research activities. This approval to CARISM symbolizes the achievements of the center hitherto and is recognition to its various state-of-the-arts facilities like NMR, HPLC, HPTLC, FTIR, UV Spectrophotometer, GC-MS, Particle Size Analyzer, Polarimeter, etc.
Disaster Management has been introduced from the academic year of 2003-2004 under the able guidance of Prof. G. Victor Rajamanickam, a well renowned Professor, former Head of Earth Sciences from Tamil University and former Senior Scientist from National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, have been inducted into our University to lead this course. It is the first of its kind in the country. Our Academic Council has also approved the qualification for admission as a PG degree in Science / B.E. Degree. Preference is given to sponsored candidates in the admission of M.Tech. The Department of Disaster Management has already equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities in the following fields for hands on training.
 

Pharmacy Branches

 

The discipline pharmacology is the study of the effects of drugs on living organisms where a drug can be broadly defined as any chemical substance, natural or synthetic, which affects a biological system. Pharmacology may involve how organisms handle drugs, mechanism of drug action, drug toxicity, the use of drugs as probes to delineate biological processes during health and disease, identification of new targets for drug action, and the design and development of new drugs. These investigations can occur at the molecular, sub-cellular, cellular, tissue or whole organism level. Pharmacology is an interdisciplinary science employing experimental approaches, which may include biochemistry, physiology, immunology, molecular biology, genetics and cell biology.

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.
Pharmaceutics in its broadest sense is the 'art of the apothecary' or, in simple terms, pharmaceutical preparations. It is a unique interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to achieve better understanding and control of the factors influencing clinical response to drug therapy.

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.


                                Pharmacoinformatics Laboratory

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.