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Department of Pharmacy

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About us

The Department of Pharmacy at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus hails its core strength from well-qualified faculty, some of the brightest minds of the country and good laboratory facilities. Students are trained in all diverse fields of pharmacy orienting their applicability to industrial and research needs. We aim to become the top pharmacy school in the country with a vision to train and nurture manpower towards fundamental research in pharmacy leading to technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Along with ongoing collaborations with renowned international and national universities, the department aims at carrying out collaborative research in thrust areas as well as promotes exchange of faculty and students for mutual benefit.

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Research

The Department of Pharmacy at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus has been excelling with regard to the research and consultancy since the inception of this campus (2008). To its credit the department has been publishing research papers in well-renowned international and national journals and has been successful in attracting voluminous funding from various government agencies like UGC, CSIR, DST, DBT, OSDD, etc. The faculty in this department has collaborations with various Indian and Foreign Universities like, IISc, Bangalore; NIMHANS, Bangalore; NII, New Delhi; ISER, Pune; IICT, Hyderabad; IIT, Kanpur; NIH, USA; NCI, USA; Karolinska Institute, Sweden etc. 

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Programs Offered

B.Pharm. :

An undergraduate course integrated with basic engineering sciences gives a broad-based curriculum. Admission to this 4-year program is through the prestigious BITSAT entrance test which is recognized as one of the competitive examinations in the country. As a result some of the brightest students join the department.

M.Pharm. :
 
Post graduate program in Pharmacy is offered in Pharmaceutics. Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D) in Pharmacy is offered in varied thrust areas that include drug design, Organic drug synthesis, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, Molecular pharmacology, Drug delivery systems, Novel drug delivery systems, Nano pharmaceuticals, Natural product based drug development, drug metabolism etc. The input for this program is vast covering interdisciplinary students with Pharmacy, Biology, Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry background. Many students in Ph.D. program are sponsored through funded projects from government and some students have been selected based on DST-INSPIRE program (Toppers in PG programs), UGC-CSIR-JRFs, etc.
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Activities

Projects and electives offered by the department include study oriented, lab-oriented and computer projects spanning across the sixth to eighth semesters which play a pivotal role in refining the strong theoretical background earned during earlier semesters. On an average 3 out of 5 contact hours are devoted to laboratory courses. The rigors of labs and projects develop a student to deliver quality work within strict time constraint. The department firmly believes in maintaining a healthy balance between curricular and extra co-curricular activities. Thus the department not only encourages our students to strive excellence in Pharmacy but also support and motivate them for their overall development and a well-rounded personality.

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Awards

Prof. D. Sriram
  • Awarded DBT Tata Innovation Fellowship, 2016-2020
  • Received Faculty research award from Career 360, 2019
  • Received UGC researcher award, 2014-15
  • Prof. D. Sriram received Visiting Senior Researcher, from Brazilian government, under Brazilian Government "Science without Border" Program, 2014-2016
  • Received INSA Senior visiting researcher, 2013
  • Awarded prestigious B.K. Birla & Sarala Birla Chair Professorship in BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, 2011-16
  • Awarded prestigious Shakuntala Amir Chand award for Tuberculosis research from ICMR, 2011
  • Received Young Pharmacy Teacher award from APTI, 2006
  • "Prof. D Sriram has been selected for the prestigious Tata Innovation Fellowship of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for the year 2015-16 in recognition of his outstanding research contributions. The fellowship is meant to honor and encourage scientists involved in translational research dedicated to finding solutions by innovative scientific knowledge and platform technologies".
  • Recipient of "YOUNG PHARMACY TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2006" awarded by the Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India.
  • Chief Editor for the new journal International Journal of Drug Design and Discovery.
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member of the journal, "Recent Patents on Anti-infective Drug Discovery" published by Bentham Science Publishers (USA & The Netherlands).
  • Life Member of Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India.
  • Biographical profile included in the prestigious registry of the 6th edition of “Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering”, 2002-2003 and regularly updated.
  • Member, Canadian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Life member, Association of Microbiologist of India.
  • Recipient of “Sevaratna” Dr. R.Venkatesalu Gold Medal for securing First rank in B.Pharm of The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University.
  • Recipient of First Prize award in Tamilnadu State for B.Pharmacy awarded by The Tamilnadu Pharmacy Council, Chennai.

Prof. P. Yogeeswari
 
  • Prof. Yogeeswari receiving ICMR Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize 2010 from Union Health Minister, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad Click here for Photo.
  • Recipient of "YOUNG PHARMACY TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2007" awarded by the Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India.
  • Commosioning Editor of a new international journal, "International Journal of Drug Design & Discovery" published by Pharma Book Syndicate, India.
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member of an international journal, "Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery" published by Bentham Science Publishers (USA & The Netherlands).
  • Editorial Board Member of an international journal "International Journal of Biomedical Sciences" published by Master publishing group, USA.
  • Best Paper in Podium presentation was awarded in the 11th APTI national Convention held in September 1-3, 2006 at Bangalore for the paper entitled "Synthesis of 4-(1,3-dioxo-1,3-dihydro-2H-isoindol-2-yl)-N-(substituted phenyl)butanamides possessing antiallodynic and antihyperalgesic activities in two rat models of neuropathic pain".
  • Recipient of "Young Scientist" by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India under Fast track Funding scheme.
  • Biographical profile included in the prestigious registry of the 7th edition of “Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering”, 2003-2004 USA and regularly updated.
  • Biographical profile included in the prestigious registry of the 1th edition of “Marquis Who’s Who in Asia”, 2006-2007 USA.
  • Life Member of Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India.
  • Life Member, Indian Pharmacological Society.
  • Member, International Brain research Organization.
  • Recipient of “Sevaratna” Dr. R.Venkatesalu Gold Medal for securing First rank in B.Pharm of The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University.
  • Recipient of Tamilnadu Pharmacy Scientific Trust, Chennai Gold Medal for Topper in B.Pharmacy in the Tamilnadu State.
  • Recipient of First Prize award in Tamilnadu State for B.Pharmacy awarded by The Tamilnadu Pharmacy Council, Chennai. 

Prof. Sajeli Begum
  • Awarded Nektar Therapeutics Funded Travel Grant for attending “Cytokines 2019” conference at Vienna, Austria organized by International Cytokine and Interferon Society.
  • Fellow of Indian Chemical Society, Kolkata, India – Fellowship No. F/7349
  • Biographical profile included in the 28th edition of “Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering”, 2010 USA
  • Awardee of INSA Visiting Fellowship 2008.
  • Awardee of DAAD- short term Fellowship 2004, to pursue research in Germany (University of Tuebingen).
  • Received Best oral presentation award in Indian Pharmaceutical Congress-2003, Chennai. (Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry Section).
  • Member of International Cytokines and Interferon Society
  • Life member of Indian Pharmacy Graduates Association (IPGA)
  • Life member of Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India
  • Member of Society for Ethnopharmacology
  • Reviewer in International Journals like Fitoterapia, Phytomedicine, Pharmaceutical Biology, Tumor Biology, Phcog magazine, etc. 

Prof. Vamsi Krishna V
 
  • Reviewer of Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
  • Graduate Student Travel Award sponsored by Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics (PBB) section, AAPS for National Biotechnology Conference, Seattle, WA, Jun’ 2009.
  • First place in Sigma Xi Graduate student research award presented by Sigma Xi Research honor society, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, April’ 2009.
  • Best Poster Award for Eighteenth Annual Pharmacy Research Presentations, sponsored by Rho Chi research honor society for pharmacy. Oct’ 21st, 2008, South Dakota State University.
  • Genentech sponsored AAPS Travelship award. National Biotechnology Conference, AAPS, Toronto, ON, Canada, Jun’ 2008.
  • Graduate Student Travel award from University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni, Kakatiya University, USA chapter for AAPS Annual meeting at Atlanta, GA, Nov’ 2008.
  • Graduate Student Travel award from South Dakota State University Graduate Research for 2007 and 2008 AAPS Annual meetings at San Diego, CA and Atlanta, GA respectively.
  • Best Poster Award for Sixteenth Annual Pharmacy Research Presentations, sponsored by Rho Chi research honor society for pharmacy. Oct’ 23rd, 2006, South Dakota State University.
  • Second place in Sigma Xi Graduate research award presented by Sigma Xi research society, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, May’ 2008.
Prof. Onkar Prakash Kulkarni
  • Dr. Onkar Kulkarni has been selected for the prestigious Innovative Young Biotechnologist award (IYBA) of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for the year 2015. The Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA), initiated in 2005, is a career-oriented prize to identify and nurture outstanding young scientists with innovative ideas and desire of pursuing research in biotechnology. The award shall cover the non-recurring and recurring financial grants for performing and executing an innovative research plan as proposed by the awardee.
Prof. Arti Dhar
 
  • Got selected for Indira Parikh 50 Women in Education Leaders by World Education Congress, Mumbai, Jul 2019
  • Received Bharat Shiksha Ratna award from Global Society for Health & Educational Growth, Jul 2018
  • Won 2nd prize for poster presentation at 43rd annual meeting of Indian Society of Human Genetics held in CCMB, Hyderabad, Mar 2018 

Dr. Nirmal J 
Awards, Honors & Fellowships
International Awards
  • Urology Care Foundation Travel Grant, AUA annual meeting 2013, Sandiego, USA, May 2013
  • Certificate of Merit award for poster presentation in the Asia ARVO, India, Oct 2013 (co-author)
  • Urology Care Foundation Travel Grant, AUA annual meeting 2012, Atlanta, USA, May 2012
  • AUA Foundation Research Scholar Program fellowship sponsored by Urology Care Foundation and Allergan, USA, 2012
  • Best oral presentation in the proceedings of the 3rd Oakland University Beaumont Health System biomedical research symposium, Nov 2012 (co-author), USA
National Awards
  • International Travel Grant, ICMR, India for ARVO annual meeting, Hawaii, USA, April 2018
  • International Travel Grant, DST, India for ARVO annual meeting, Florida, USA, May 2014
  • Senior Research Fellowship, AIIMS (CSIR funded), New Delhi, India, Apr 2009 to Mar 2011
  • International Travel Grant, DST, India for FIP/AAPS conference, New Orleans, USA, Nov 2010
  • Junior Research Fellowship, AIIMS (Ozone Pharmaceuticals funded), Sep 2006 to Jan 2009
  • Best Poster Prize, Indian pharmacological society conference (IPS), Dec, 2008
  • Dr. Ranga Travel Grant, from AIIMS, New Delhi, for IERG 2008
  • Best Oral Presentation Prize, Indian eye research group conference (IERG), 2008
  • Travel Grant, Poster presentation, Indian Pharmacological Society, New Delhi, Dec 2006
  • Best Thesis Work Scholarship award, Tamil Nadu pharmaceutical welfare trust for M.Pharm, 2005
  • Best outgoing student prize in M. Pharm (Pharmaceutics), K.M. College of pharmacy, Madurai, 2004-05. 
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Faculty

 

Our faculty have extensive experience in industry, research as well as teaching. Our strength is a reflection of their skills, innovation and drive. Click here for faculty profiles.

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Ph.D. Admissions (I Semester 2022-23)
 
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NIRF Ranking

Department of Pharmacy BITS Pilani (Pilani and Hyderabad campus) ranked 3rd in NIRF ranking 2021. 

 
NIRF Ranking 2020, 2019 & 2018: Department of Pharmacy BITS Pilani(Pilani and Hyderabad campus).

DST-FIST Grant

The  Department of Pharmacy has been sanctioned a total amount of Rs. 134.40 Lakhs to augment research facilities from DST under Fund for Improvement of Science & Technology. 

Student Achievements

• Asif Itoo received the LTMT Junior Research fellowship, October - 2021.


• Srivarsha Reddy Bollareddy received the LTMT Junior Research fellowship, October - 2021.


• Manisha Malani received the best oral presentation award in ARVO-India conference, Oct-2021.


• Purbali Chakraborty received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April 2021.


• Shilpa Elsa George (2016-2020 Batch, B.Pharm Student) got selected for Direct PhD Program, Pharmaceutical Sciences in Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA (Aug 2021)


• Pravesh Sharma received CSIR-SRF fellowship, Feb-2021.


• Ms. Kanan Panchal, M Pharm II year student, got selected in Novartis Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp) 2021 (January 10-13 2021)


Fellowships

Year – 2020


• Lavanya S received ICMR-SRF fellowship, Oct-2020.

• Kumbham Soniya received ICMR-SRF fellowship, Oct-2020

• Ch Sai Sanjay received ICMR-SRF fellowship, Oct-2020.

• Girdhari Roy received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2020.

• Parmeswar patra received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2020.

• Ridahunlang Nongkhlaw received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2020.

• Priyadarshini Sathe received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2020.

• Girdhari Roy received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2020.

• Parmeswar patra received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2020.

• Ridahunlang Nongkhlaw received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2020.

• Priyadarshini Sathe received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2020.


Year – 2019


• Dasari Deepika received DST-Inspire fellowship, January-2019.

• Kirti received CSIR-SRF fellowship, March-2019.

• Deepanjan Dutta received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2019.

• Kalyani received CSIR-SRF fellowship, April-2019.

• Raghuraman Manimaran received ICMR-SRF fellowship, April-2019.

• Chandra Teja received LTMT-SRF fellowship, August-2019.

• Mohammed Shareef Khan received LTMT fellowship, August-2019.

• Manisha Malani received UGC-JRF fellowship, September-2019.

• Samrun Nessa received ICMR-SRF fellowship, September-2019.


Year – 2018


• Himanshu Bhatt received CSIR SRF fellowship, 2018.

• Sony Priyanka received DST-Inspire fellowship, April-2018.

• Avantika V Dalvi received ICMR-SRF fellowship, May-2018.

• Jaspreet Kalra received CSIR-SRF fellowship, May-2018.

• Pulya Sravani received CSRI-SRF fellowship, August-2018.


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Faculty Achievements

•Faculty members Prof. D. Sriram, Prof. P. Yogeeswari and Prof. Swati Biswas from the Department of Pharmacy, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad have been Featured Among World Top 2% Scientists". Click here for more information.

•Prof. P. Yogeeswari is appointed as Shri B. K. Birla and Shrimati Sarala Birla Chair professor.

•Prof. D. Sriram has been selected for the prestigious Tata Innovation Fellowship of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for the year 2015-16 in recognition of his outstanding research contributions. The fellowship is meant to honor and encourage scientists involved in translational research dedicated to finding solutions by innovative scientific knowledge and platform technologies.

•Prof. D. Sriram received the prestigious Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize, as part of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Centenary Celebrations.

•Prof. Yogeeswari received ICMR Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize 2010 from Union Health Minister, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad.

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