History of the Department of Pharmacology is closely linked with the development of the Medical College Bhavnagar. The college began in the year 1995 in the premises of Sir Takhatsinhji Hospital Bhavnagar. Administrative office of the Dean was located in district T.B. Hospital. Department of Physiology & Biochemistry were accommodated in the old building of School of Nursing and Department of Anatomy was started in old T.B. Wards. T.B. Ward building was further expanded to provide space for Department of Pharmacology and Department of Forensic Medicine in the year 1997.

The Department

Department of Pharmacology started working with the appointment of Dr. D.C. Sharma, Professor & Head, who took over the charge on 13-07-1996 and more staff members who incessantly participated in building up and development of the Department joined as under:


Department of Pharmacology has following facilities.

Demonstration Rooms - 2 Nos.

  1. Accommodation (of each demonstration room)
    • Size - 92 Sq. Met. & 51 Sq. Met.
    • Capacity - 75  &  75                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  2. Audio-visual equipment           
    • Over head Projector Available                                     
    • Multimedia projector & desktop computer
    • Color television- LED
    • Slide Projectors –Automatic


Research grants received 

1 To Study the Effect of N-acetyl Cysteine, Isoniazid and Ground nut oil for Reduction of Mortality due to Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning in Rabbits (50,000/- by Govt. of Gujarat)

2 A Randomized, Active Controlled, Open Label, Parallel Group Study to compare the efficacy of Extract of Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) with Fluoxetine and to study its effect as an add on therapy to fluoxetine in patients of mild to moderate depression. (25,000/- by Govt. of Gujarat)

3 Randomized Double Blind Parallel Group Comparative Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Triplet Combination (Ciclosonide, Tiotropium Bromide and Formoterol) and Dual Combination (Tiotropium Bromide and Formotero) in Mild to Moderate Cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. (40,000/- by Govt. of Gujarat

4 Utilization Pattern of Antimicrobials Among Patients Undergone Midline Laparotomy in Four Tertiary Care Teaching Hospitals of Gujarat, India: Multi-Centric Retrospective Study (10,000/- by Govt. of Gujarat)

5 Interaction between rosuvastatin and rocuronium in rat sciatic-gastrocnemius nerve-muscle preparation. (25,000/- by ICMR Dissertation Grant)

6 Audit of antibiotic sensitivity pattern in critical care Unit (CCU), Pediatric intensive care Unit (PICU), Neonatal intensive care Unit (NICU) and intensive cardaiac care unit (ICCU) at a tertiary care Hospital: A retrospective study. (10,000/- by ICMR STS P


Undergraduate Curriculam:

The broad goal of teaching of the undergraduate students in Pharmacology is to inculcate a rational & scientific basis of therapeutics.

    • Goal
    • Objective

    At the end of the course, student shall be able to

    Practical knowledge of use of drugs in clinical practice will be acquired through integrated teaching with clinical departments.

      • Knowledge:
      1. Describe the Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of essential and commonly used drugs;
      2. List the indications, contraindications, interactions and adverse reactions of commonly used drugs;
      3. Indicate the use of appropriate drug in a particular disease with consideration to its cost, efficacy and safety for
        1. Individual needs
        2. Mass therapy under national health programmes
      4. Describe the pharmacokinetic basis, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of common poisoning;
      5. List the drugs of addiction and recommend the management;
      6. Classify environmental and occupational pollutants and state the mangement issues
      7. Indicate causations in prescription of drug in special medical situation such as pregnancy, lactation, infancy and old age;
      8. Integrate the concept of rational drug therapy in clini


  • Department is running Central Animal House of Government Medical College i.e. Housing and breeding of laboratory animal and registered with Committee for the Purpose of Control and supervision of Experiment on Animals (CPCSEA).
  • Ex. Professor and Head Dr. C.B.Tripathi participated as member in preparation of Essential Drug List of Gujarat State.

University Examination (Theory)

  • Paper I two sections - 40
  • Paper II two sections - 40
  • Oral (Viva) - 15
  • Internal Assessment - 40
  • Total Theory

University Examination (Practical)

  • Exercises - 25
  • Prescription Writing
  • Evaluation of Pharmaceutical Formula
  • Spots & Practical records
  • Internal Assessment - 15
  • Total Practical - 40

Internal Assessment Examinations(II Internal Assessment Examinations and I (End of III & IV semester respectively)

Theory & Practical

  • Paper I two sections - 60
  • Multiple Choice Questions - 20
  • Viva - oral - 20
  • Total Theory - 100
  • Exercises as above(Practical) - 50

Internal Assessment Examinations( III Internal assessment Preliminary Examination (In V semester)

Theory & Practical

  • Paper I two sections - 40
  • Paper II two sections - 20
  • Oral (Viva) - 100
  • Total Theory - 50
  • Exercises as above - 50
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