Siddha Central Research Institute, Chennai has organized a One Day Training Programme on “Development of Key Distinguishing Characters (KDC) of Raw Drugs used in ASU medicines" on 15.04.2023. The training was funded by National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India, New Delhi under the scheme of Regional Raw Drug Repository (Southern Plateau) project sanctioned to National Institute of Siddha, Tamabaram in Collaboration with Siddha Central Research Institute (CCRS), Arumabkkam, Chennai and Regional Research Institute for Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Royapuram, Chennai. 71 students from various institutes like National Institute of Siddha - Chennai, Government Siddha Medical college - Chennai, Government Siddha Medical college – Palayamkottai, Shanthigiri Siddha Medical college – Tiruvanathapuram and Central University of Karnataka - Dharwad were participated in the training programme. The training programme was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. R. Meenakumari, Director General (Addl. Charge), CCRS. Programme was started with Tamil Thai Vaazhthu & Siddhar Vanakkam followed by lighting of lamp. Dr.P. Elankani, Research Officer (S) Scientist III & I/c, SCRI and Organizing Secretary of RRDR, delivered welcome address followed by Presidential address by Prof. Dr. R. Meenakumari, Organizing Chairperson of RRDR, special address by Dr. N. Zaheer Ahmed, Deputy Director Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine and Co-Organizing Secretary of RRDR followed by speech by the chief guest Dr. Jitendra Kumar Vaishaya, Research officer (Agro/Medicinal botany), NMPB, Ministry of Ayush, New Delhi. Dr. S. Sivakumar, Associate Professor – Gunapadam, Dr. P. Shanmugapriya, Associate professor – Nanju Maruthuvam, Dr. D. Aravind, Assistant professor – Botany were the guests from Lead institute – National Institute of Siddha, Tambaram; Dr. S. Venkatesan, ARO, Botany is the guest from RRIUM, Royapuram and RO’s of various departments and officers of SCRI were also participated in the programme. The inaugural programme ended with felicitation of guests with mementoes and vote of thanks by Dr. P. Sathiyarajeswaran, Asst. Director (Siddha) and In Charge, Siddha Regional Research Institute, Puducherry and Co-Organizing Secretary of the event. Technical Sessions on Methods for deriving Key Distinguishing Characters of raw drugs on Pharmacognosy and Chemistry were delivered by Dr. KN Sunil Kumar, Research Officer, Pharmacognosy, SCRI and Dr. K Parthasarathy, Research Officer, Chemistry, SCRI respectively. Practical Demonstration of Methods for deriving Key Distinguishing Characters of raw drugs were given to the participants in Pharmacognosy laboratory and Animal and Mineral Drug Research Laboratory”. The program ended with valedictory function where in the participants have shared their experience and feedback about the program. The Chief Guest specially addressed the gathering and distributed the certificates to the participants followed by vote of thanks delivered by Dr. K Parthasarathy. The programme ended with National anthem.
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