National seminar on tribals’ medicinal plants at IGNTU

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2018 09:59:39


Our Correspondent


To discuss the rich traditional knowledge of medicinal plants with tribes and its documentation, two-day national seminar on ‘Indian Tribal Medicinal Plants Research: Challenges and Prospects’ was organised by the Department of Pharmacy, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University. Scientists across the top educational and research institutions deliberated on various topics pertaining to indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants by different tribes and health related challenges faced by them in different parts of the country.

While deliberating on ‘Necessity of Protection and Preservation of Tribes from Vector Borne Diseases’ topic keynote speaker Dr. Aparup Das, Director, National Institute for Research in Tribal Health, Jabalpur, gave a detailed account of vector borne diseases in general and etiology of malaria, in particular. He discussed origin and evolution of malarial parasite, development of resistance to existing therapies and on emerging paradigms on anti-malarial drug discovery. The lecture was followed by an interactive session where the participants too actively contributed.

D. Nishant Saxena, Scientist (Anthropology), Division of Social Sciences and Ethno medicine ICMR - National Institute for Research in Tribal Health, Jabalpur, discussed ethno medicine followed by first invited talk by Dr. Hemanta Kumar Sharma, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam.Dr. Elangovan Manivannan School of Pharmacy, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, Dr. Suman Mishra, Scientist, MFP-PARC, Dr T Narender, Principal Scientist, Medicinal and Process Chemistry Division CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, Prof Naveen Kumar Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, IGNTU also gave presentation and lectures on wide range of topics.

Prof Dilip Singh delivered the valedictory notes. CMA A. Jena, Finance Officer of IGNTU as guest of honour deliberated on importance of seminar. Dr. K. Srinivasa Rao proposed a vote of thanks or those contributing to the seminar. More than 70 delegates participated in the seminar from different universities of India. 17 oral presenters and 38 poster presenters are given their presentation in the seminar. Best oral and poster presentation honoured by the guests in the Seminar.
Earlier, Chairman of the programme and Dean, Pharmacy, Dr N S H Narayana Moorthy welcomed the guests. Prof Kishore Gaikwad, Registrar, IGNTU and Prof. Basavaraj P. Donur, Controller of Examinations, IGNTU also graced the inaugural function.