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Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Quality Assurance, and Pharmaceutical Analysis

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The department of Pharmaceutical chemistry, Quality Assurance and Pharmaceutical analysis is involved in taking lectures and practical laboratory sessions for the undergraduate and post graduate courses. The courses are well-structured and have a broad-based inclusive syllabus. The curriculum includes extensive lectures and laboratory sessions to ensure that students can connect theory to practice and apply their theoretical knowledge to industry-relevant problems.

Pharmaceutical chemistry forms the base for understanding the fundamental concepts of life and health sciences. The undergraduate course focusses on subjects such as biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, pharmaceutical medicinal chemistry, computer-aided drug design and pharmaceutical analysis.

The department has two postgraduate courses specializing in Quality Assurance and Pharmaceutical Analysis. The Quality Assurance specialization ensures that the students are trained in a GLP-compliant environment to perform analytical, regulatory, and quality functions in the pharmaceutical and allied industries. This course is designed to impart fundamental knowledge and concepts about various quality management principles and systems utilized in the manufacturing industry. It also aids in understanding the quality evaluation in the pharmaceutical industries and includes concepts of cGMP, stability testing of drug substances and products, statistical approaches for quality, hazard assessment, concepts of equipment qualification, quality by design and process analytical technology.

The field of pharmaceutical analysis is highly dynamic and liaisons with different phases of drug development, manufacturing, marketing, preclinical and clinical research, environmental studies and disease diagnosis. The curriculum ensures that the students are educated with the latest developments with a focus on processes of identification, quantification and purification of drug substances and products, impurity profiling and structure elucidation of isolated natural and synthetic new chemical entities. The students are trained for the quality assurance and quality control functions related to pharmaceuticals, food products, herbal products, cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals and medical devices. Students are taught classical and modern analytical techniques including the application of sophisticated instruments such as GC, HPLC, NMR, GC-MS and LC-MS in pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic and nutraceutical domains.

The department of Pharmaceutical chemistry offers Ph.D. programme for research students.

Key Features of the department

  • Faculty members with rich industry expertise and international exposure
  • State-of-the-art facility
  • Diversified capabilities
  • Specialized and focused on analytical services

The department is equipped with sophisticated instruments like HPLC, FT-IR, UV-Visible spectrophotometer, spectrofluorimeter, plate reader, supercritical extractor, flame photometer and ultracentrifuge, all of which have been procured with financial support from funding agencies. The department has a computational facility for designing drug candidates and formulations.

Core Competencies

  • Chemical synthesis and in-silico drug design
    • Target-based / Ligand-based / Chemoinformatics-based drug designing
    • In-silico ‘Knock-out’ / Mutation studies
    • Lead optimisation (binding affinity, selectivity, off-target effects, solubility enhancement)
    • API and API intermediate synthesis
    • Impurity synthesis (in collaboration with Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission)
  • Solubility enhancement of drugs and phytochemicals
  • Impurity profiling
  • Drug interaction studies (preclinical PK/PD studies)
  • Analytical method development and validation studies of synthetic and herbal formulations (single and fixed dose combination products), food products, cosmetics and nutraceuticals.
  • Assay and stability studies of drug substances and products.
  • Bioanalytical method development for synthetic and herbal drugs and formulations
  • Standardization and HPTLC analysis of herbal extracts, herbal and nutraceutical products (AYUSH products)
  • Formulation development of novel nanotechnology-based herbal and nutraceutical products
  • Cell line studies of API, finished products, herbal extracts, phytoconstituents
    • Anticancer bioassays
    • Antimicrobial, antioxidant assays
    • Cytotoxicity assays

The faculty are actively involved in scientific research and have received research grants from various Government funding agencies such as DST SERB, DBT, RGSTC, BRNS University of Mumbai and pharmaceutical industries. The department strives towards publishing their research in high impact factor journals such as Neurochemistry International, Current Protein & Peptide science, Archiv der Pharamzie, Chemical Biology and Drug Design, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Molecular Pharmaceutics, Carbohydrate Polymers, Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, Frontiers in Pharmacology, AAPS PharmSciTech, Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation , Journal of Inclusion Phenomena & Macrocyclic Chemistry, Molecular liquids, Polymers, Pharmaceuticals and antibiotics. The department actively contributes to creation of new knowledge through book chapters and books published by international publication houses such as Elsevier, CRC press and Taylor Francis.



Department Annual Reports

Annual Report AY 2020-21

Annual Report AY 2019-20

Annual Report AY 2018-19

Annual Report AY 2017-18

Annual Report AY 2016-17

Annual Report AY 2015-16