Ministry of AYUSH awarded fellowship to MRSPTU Research Scholar Preet Amol Singh to explore possibilities of cultivation of Medicinal Plants in Punjab-

Punjab Tribune Bureau | April 15, 2019 07:16 PM

To prove beneficial for farmers to change cropping pattern  

 BATHINDA, Adding another feather to its cap, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU), Bathinda’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology, Research Scholar Preet Amol Singh   has been selected for the award of Forum on Indian Traditional Medicine (FITM) fellowship by the Ministry of AYUSH, New-Delhi to explore possibilities of cultivation of Medicinal Plants in Punjab.


Aimed to counter Agrarian crisis in Punjab, the proposal was submitted to the ministry of AYUSH to provide alternative to farmers through possibilities of scientific cultivation of medicinal plants.


It is worthwhile to mention here that Preet Amol is awarded among two fellows in India selected for this prestigious fellowship. The Fellowship worth Rs.5 lac/ per anuum, is one of the highest paid scholarship scheme of India aimed topromote medicinal plants. FITM under Ministry of AYUSH has been working with the focus to promote traditional knowledge of Indian medicinal plants in the world.


The work assigned by Government of India will be carried out under supervision of    Registrar of the University and Pharmacy department head, Prof. Ashish Baldi.  



While explaining,  Dr. Baldi said at present marginalized farmers of Punjab are going through tough phase resulting into distress and suicides. In this research an alternative cropping system in the form of cultivation of medicinal plants will be introduced in Punjab to uplift farmer’s income.


Dr. Baldi further said they also planned to make it a viable profession for farmers. “Once all the research is undertaken, we will be inviting farmers to undertake medicinal plant farming so that these can be used for making medicines,” he added.


Research Scholar Preet Amol Singh briefed that through this research different potential areas will be highlighted for specific medicinal plants in Punjab and economically viable different agri-techniques and standards will also be developed so that marginal farmers can utilize the technique to get more benefit.   For carrying out the research, the departments like National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB), Forest and Meteorology will be consulted, he added.


It is worthwhile to mention here that the herbal pharmaceutical industry has a great potential.   Medicinal plants are potential sources of new drugs. Global trade in herbs is over $100 billion per annum and India has a vast potential to emerge as a global leader in this area. Herbal products have lesser adverse effects.


While congratulating the research Scholar for bringing laurels to the department, which achieved national recognition in short span of time, MRSPTU, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mohan Paul Singh Ishar   stressed that to counter problems of Punjab is one of the key focus areas of the University.


He said the research will help to exploit the vast potential of indigenous plants not only for their therapeutic or preventive medicinal values but the farmers, in general, will also economically gain from cultivating these medicinal plants. 


MRSPTU, Dean Academic,  Prof. Savina Bansal, Dean Research and Development,  Prof. Jasbir Singh Hundal, Prof. R. K. Bansal, Finance officer Subhash Bansal and other officials congratulated Prof. Baldi and Preet Amol Singh for making MRSPTU proud in whole country.


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