Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Pharmaceutical Science Azara, Guwahati has successfully organized a one-day Pharmacognostical field visit based on the course curriculum specified for Diploma 1st year students. The field visit aims to scientifically correlate with the existing curriculum including observation of plantation and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants (Vetiver, Citronella, Khus khus etc.) at the Medicinal Plant Garden of NEDFI, R & D Center, Khetri, Assam. Various activities were conducted for the students which include:
- Identification of a variety of medicinal and aromatic plants and their uses.
- Observation of the traditional handcrafts prepared by the local women from the plant materials.
- Analysing the working principles of industrial-scale production of volatile oil.
- Field visit to observe the cultivation of the plants producing volatile oil and ethic dye (Assam indigo colour).
In this regard, Mrs Kalpana Baishya, Office Assistant, NEDFI, R & D Center had comprehensively demonstrated the various activities of the centre.
Dr Trishna Das, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy & Dr Damiki Laloo, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy along with other non-teaching members guided the students during the field visit. There was a total of 57 students participating in the field visit.