Forest dept, IIIM form committee to collaborate on phytopharma production

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JAMMU: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Suresh Chugh Thursday reviewed modalities for development of Phyto-Pharmaceutical Drugs from the medicinal plants in Jammu & Kashmir in association with Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), an Institute of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Director CISR – Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine Ram Vishukarma, and Consultant of Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) YS Bedi attended the meeting and made a presentation on the subject. It was decided in the meeting that there are a number of areas where the two organizations can cooperate.

Since the medicinal plant resource is with the Forest department and IIIM can take up research activity on certain selected medicinal plants and later the outcome of the research can be shared between the two organizations. In this regard, a committee of officers was constituted under Director, State Forest Research Institute, J&K, and two Conservators CF East and CF West to develop the modalities in association with Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) so that a MoU is framed with the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine and cooperation between the two agencies is given a go-ahead. The meeting among others was attended by Abdul Ghani, Chief Conservator of Forests Central, Sameer Bharati, Chief Conservator of Forests Jammu, S. Mohinder Singh, Conservator of Forests Central Circle, B. Mohan Das, Conservator of Forest East Circle, Dr. Jitender Kumar, Conservator of Forests West Circle.