Pharmacognosy is the study of bioactive substances from plant origin. Study in Pharmacognosy is important because it leads to new type of therapeutic agents, information on toxic materials found in plants. The main fields of studies in Pharmacognosy are: Phytochemistry, standardization, chemotaxonomic studies, regulation of biosynthesis of natural products in plant cells, taxonomy, marine drugs, accumulation of bioactive components in medicinal plants.
The PG department focuses on extraction, fractionation, isolation and characterization of active constituents from natural sources, Standardization of herbal drugs and formulations by recent advanced techniques and Formulation of novel herbal formulation- Herbosomes and its evaluation. The department has also received grants and has Ph.D students enrolled.