Department of Pharmacology

The Department of Pharmacology was started at Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences in 2002. The Department was developed by Dr. Venkatadri N as head followed by Dr. Ratinder Jhaj,Dr. JR Vijayalakshmi and Dr. Balakrishnan. Each one contributed their knowledge, skills and experience gained from JIPMER, PGI Chandigarh, MMC Madurai.

The Department is recognized for MBBS course, MD Pharmacology and B.Sc.-Nursing.Presently, the department is headed by Dr. Isabella Topno and well supported by Dr. AC Jesudoss Prabhakaran and Dr. Manjunatha CH.


To produce competent doctors with proficiency in prescribing drugs and good communication skills for optimum and rational use of drugs. To help students to acquire scientific and basic skills in teaching of the medical and paramedical professionals.


To impart medical graduate the knowledge and practice of rational drug therapy and to promote the safest use of medicines among health care workers through Pharmacovigilance.


  • To impart the essentials of rational and scientific basis of therapeutics.
  • To imbibe the principles of ethical aspects of pharmacotherapy.
  • To impart leadership quality and participate as a team.
  • To include the research activity among medical students and faculty.

Courses Conducted


The department follows NMC guidelines and takes initiative to introduce innovative approach for UG trainingand integrated teaching. Involve the students in interactive and skill-based training. Students’ participation in seminars, peer teaching, quizzes, academic competitions, group discussions and research activities boost their 360-degree learning ability. Mentorship programs and feedback sessions provide a platform to resolve personal issues.

MD Pharmacology

The department aspires to provide the students awider aspect of Pharmacology by collaborating with industry as well as opportunities to participate in various academic as well as other curricular activities. Exposure of students to various academic domains like workshops, group discussions, seminars, CMEs, research and publication to produce independent individuals. The department thrives to create a home away from home environment. The department is proud to see alumni from pharmacology having successful and settled career.

B.Sc. Nursing

The department also trainsnursing students and equips them with adequate knowledge about Pharmacology to make them competent healthcare professionals who can efficiently deliver their nursing duties.

Allied Health Sciences

  • B.Sc. in Medical Radiology &Imaging Technology (B.Sc.MRIT)
  • B. Sc. in Physiotherapy (B. Sc.PT)

Research areas Involved:

Collaborative projectshave significantly contributed to the development of skills and knowledge of the students. Guidance by enthusiastic and motivated faculty have presented the research/thesis work in various national/international conferences and have received various awards. Involvement by faculty in research is stimulus for post-graduates and undergraduates.


  • AnAdverse Reaction Monitoring center established in 2014 and approved by PvPI in 2016, has enabled the institution to make footprints in the map of Pharmacovigilance program of India. Takes responsibility to spread the awareness and encourage ADR reporting.
  • CCSEA registered Central animal house/animal hold area and well-equipped laboratory manned by full time veterinarian for post graduate training and research.

Representation from the department through committees

  • Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC)
  • Pharmacovigilance Committee
  • Pharmacovigilance Causality Assessment Committee
  • Paraclinical Curriculum Committee
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Bioethics Committee
  • Hospital Infection Control Committee
  • NTEP Core Committee
  • Medical Education Unit
  • Quality Control Cell
  • Christian Life Fellowship Committee


  • Teaching program: MBBS, MD, BSc Nursing, Allied Health sciences(B.Sc.MRIT, B.Sc. PT)
  • Involvement in national programs like Pharmacovigilance Program of India through ADR monitoring centre.
  • Animal research facility
  • Exposure to preclinical and clinical aspects of pharmacology and various phases of clinical trials.
  • Research focus: Pharmacoeconomics, Adverse drug reactions, Medication errors, Drug utilization, Current health issues

Workshops & Conferences Conducted:

  • National Workshop on Pharmacoeconomics at PIMS - June 2017
  • Workshop on Pharmacovigilance - Basics to Advance at PIMS - February 2018
  • Advanced Workshop on Pharmacovigilance at PIMS- Nov 2018
  • Workshop on Health Economics and Outcome Research (HEOR) -PIMS – Nov 2019
  • MedSafeCon 2023


ADR monitoring centre:

Central Animal House:

CPCSEA Reg. No:1081/PO/Re/SL/07/CPCSEA
Registration date: 07/02/2022
Valid till: 06/02/2027
Type: Small/Large Animal facility
Purpose: Research for Education purpose

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