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Medicinal garden of MPCP was established in 2005. It offers a unique venue for students, visitors and official members to learn about importance of medicinal plants and their historic and current uses. This Medicinal plant garden offers interesting information about uniqueness of the flora and the fauna. All the plant species were authentically identified by expert taxonomists, labeled and their therapeutic values are highlighted.
Medicinal plants have a significant role in human life and India has a rich diversity of medicinal plants. About 90% of medicinal herbs are used in the manufacturing of medicines. Plants make many chemical compounds for biological functions and these chemicals work on the human body in exactly the same way as pharmaceutical drugs, so herbal medicines can be beneficial and have less harmful side effects in comparison to conventional drugs. However, since a single plant may contain many substances, the effects of taking a plant as medicine can be complex. Herbal plants of Medicinal garden are used for extraction, isolation, herbal formulation development, evaluation and standardization of herbal drugs and phytopharmaceuticals in Pharmacognosy laboratory.
It is built as per CPCSEA guidelines for housing small laboratory animals such as mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs etc for conducting animal based experiments on education and research. Each species of animals is housed in barrier maintained individual rooms to avoid disease transmission and inter-species conflicts. All efforts are made to maintain the animals under controlled environmental conditions [Temperature (22-26°C), Relative Humidity (60 ± 10 %) and 12 hr alternate light and dark cycle] with 100 % fresh air exchange in animal rooms and uninterrupted power and water supply.
The support staffs ensures that every part of animal care including feeding, watering, restraining, cage cleaning, record keeping and ordering of animals, feeds, bedding materials and equipment from outside sources are monitored. The animals themselves are isolated from human habitation and guarded from dust, smoke, noise, wild rodents, insects and birds-in fact anything that would disturb their habitat. A high degree of hygienic conditions (macro- and micro- environment) around the animals are maintained. All the routine practical's and pharmacological experimentations (pre-clinical studies) are conducted with the prior approval by Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) members including the CPCSEA main nominee.