RAC

PSG College of Pharmacy Research Advisory Committee

Vision

Develop the Institute as a Centre for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Research and Drug Development

Mission

  • Upgradation and modernisation of Laboratory and infrastructure to suit the present need
  • Branching out to Basic and Applied Sciences to tap the potential for collaboration
  • Establishing Industry-Institute cell
  • Enhance foreign exposure and tapping of funds for research
  • Motivating young talented minds in research
  • Inculcating research culture among students

Objectives

  • To invoke a dynamic research program and to promote active participation of all faculty in research
  • To initiate research in thrust areas, to help improve healthcare through advancing the knowledge and skills of Pharmacists and other Health Care Professionals
  • To introduce best practices and networking with experts in other Institutions and Industry to foster collaborative research

Constitution of PSG College of Pharmacy Research Advisory Committee

Structure

The committee shall be appointed by the Principal, PSG College of Pharmacy and will have four faculty members of various disciplines from the College, four members from reputed Industries with different areas of expertise and two members from aided Academic Institutions of National importance.

Chairman:

Principal, PSG College of Pharmacy

The term of appointment of members shall be three years from the date of appointment as Committee member in PSGCP-RAC.

Responsibilities

Encourage, promote and coordinate research in areas of healthcare

Identify thrust areas of research, through interaction with experts, participation in scientific forum and other technical events

Develop a comprehensive list of potential funding agencies and the requirements for submission

Manage faculty-wise research projects and keep updates for submission to the management and other statutory bodies

Encourage all faculty members to submit at least one proposal in a year for funding

Coordinate and help publish research

Coordinate research activities and enhance Industry-Institution collaborative research for further promoting Industry link and help improve student placement

Upgradation of laboratory facilities

Tracking college research activities

Conduct of workshop related to Scientific writing and communication skills for young faculty

Maintenance of records related to research activities including papers published and presentations in conferences

Frequency of meeting

PSGCP-Research Advisory Committee (RAC) membership is up to twelve members.

Principal of PSG College of Pharmacy will be the Chairman.

RAC members serve in an honorary capacity and therefore receive sitting fees for their services in the Committee.

Where external review of applications is required, the RAC will source reviewers and coordinate responses, and incorporate external comments into recommendations.

The RAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Governing Council of the College for approval.
The PSGCP-Research Advisory Committee (RAC) will be convened twice in a year.

PSGCP-Research Advisory Committee (RAC) will suggest thrust areas of research.

The committee will highlight on the upcoming research opportunities and suggest collaboration with other Institutions.

Meetings held:
First meeting: 14.12.2013
Second meeting: 06.09.2014
Third meeting: 14.03.2015
Fourth meeting: 07.11.2015

Current RAC Committee (07.11.2015)

1. Dr. M. Ramanathan, Principal PSGCP-Chairman
2. Dr. Shridhar Narayanan, Founder-CEO, Foundation for Neglected Disease Research, Bangalore
3. Dr. R. Natarajan, CEO, VKA Polymers Pvt. Ltd., Karur
4. Dr. Ramamurthy, Professor of Biotechnology, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
5. Dr. S. Senthilkumari, Ocular Pharmacology, Arvind Medical Research Foundation, Madurai
6. Dr. Muthusamy Shanmuganathan, Clinical Scientific Expert, Novartis, Hyderabad
7. Dr. V. Sankar, Professor and Head ,Department of Pharmaceutics, PSGCP
8. Dr. K. Umaa, Professor and Head of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, PSGCP
9. Dr. A. Nagarajan, Professor of Pharmacognosy, PSGCP
10. Dr. S.D. Rajendran, PAR Formulations, Chennai
11. Dr. Parimelazhagan, Professor, Department of Botany, Bharathiyar Univerity, Coimbatore

Key Recommendations of the Research Advisory Committee:

  • Creation of a GCP certified toxicology lab for efficacy and animal toxicity studies
  • Establishment of TDM
  • Publication in high impact journals
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Revamping poison management programme with JSS
  • Incentives for faculty who get funding
  • PRISAM (Pharmaceutical Research Initiative to Strengthen Academia and Manpower), a new initiative received appreciation from the members and suggestion was made to incorporate OECD and REACH registration in the curriculum for better placement of students.
  • Suggestion was made to create awareness on newer areas of pharmacy research
  • Achievement of PSGCP at 7th rank among all private pharmacy colleges in India and 12th rank among all pharmacy colleges including Government Colleges was appreciated.
  • Future plans of the college were highlighted and the vision for creating centres for drug delivery, experimental pharmacology has been discussed. The centre will be created with DST FIST funding.
  • Importance of getting non-confidentiality agreement from PG and graduate students to protect the IPR right generated from the Institution was stressed.
  • Need for every faculty to submit proposals for funding was highlighted in the meeting.
  • Members emphasised the importance of clinical pharmacist’s role in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and translational research could be strengthened with community pharmacists.
  • Four major areas for PRISAM identified are academic consultancy, drug formulation, drug development and design, and bioanalytical lab for TDM.
  • Alumni referrals, the quality education and research provided at the college were the important factors for our student’s placements over other colleges.
  • Members expressed their willingness to support proposals from PSGCP through their organization and also the need for reviewing the proposals by experts and revising them as per the requirement of the funding agency.
  • Suggestion was made to invite all the Professors for the next RAC meeting in March 2016 in order to mentor them and review their proposals.