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:

Designation Academic Year Date of Joining M.C. Bhavnagar
Professor & Head Dr. D. C. Sharma 13-07-96
Associate Professor Dr. A. P. Rajani 10-05-97
Assistant Professor Dr. C. B. Tripathi 14-05-97
Tutors Dr. M. V. Shanishchara


  • Lecture hall - Capacity 133 seats, expandable up to 200.
  • Demonstration/ Tutorial Rooms - Capacity 50 seats
  • Clinical Pharmacy laboratory - Capacity 48 seats
  • Experimental Pharmacology laboratory - Capacity 48 seats
  • Research, Clinical Pharmacology and Biochemical laboratories
  • Teaching aids- LCD projector, Overhead projectors, Automatic & manual slide projectors,
  • Soft wares for Computer Aided Learning, Simulation Experiments etc

Instruments available in the department

Total No of Instruments and Equipment are 156.

Undergraduate MBBS Course Recognization Details:

For 50 Seat: Medical Council of India letter No. 34(1)/2001-Med/9539 Dated 16/6/2001 and GOI, MOHFW, New Delhi
Notification No. V-11015/3/200- ME (Policy-I), Dated 7/6/2001

For 100 Seat: Medical Council of India letter No. MCI-37(1)/2011- Med/19540, Dated 25/6/2011

For 150 Seat: Medical Council of India letter No. MCI-34(41)(UG)/2016- Med/156976 Dated 30/11/2017 and
GOI, MOHFW, New Delhi. Notification No. U-12012/224/2015- ME-I [FTS.3101873], Dated 5/5/2017

 Scientific Publications     

1.Vadgama VK, Patel YA, Patel TK, Tripathi CB. Pharmacodynamic interaction between pantoprazole and vecuronium at neuromuscular junction. Auton Autacoid Pharmacol. 2011 Jan;31(1-2):31-5.

2 Sanmukhani J, Anovadiya A, Tripathi CB. Evaluation of antidepressant like activity of curcumin and its combination with fluoxetine and imipramine: an acute and chronic study. Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica  Drug Research.5; 2011.

3. Patel YA, Vadgama VK, Baxi SN, Tripathi CB. Evolution of Hypolipidemic Activity of Leaf Juice of Catharanthus roseus (Linn.) G. Donn. In Guinea Pigs. Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica  Drug Research. Issue 6;2011.

4. Sanmukhani J, Shah V, Baxi N, Tripathi CB. Fixed drug eruption with ornidazole with cross- sensitivity to secnidazole but not to other nitro-imidazole compound: a case report. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2010;69: 703-4. 

5.Tripathi CB, Mistry SD, Bhavsar VH, Kelkar VV. Effect of repeated eletroconvulsive shocks and of chronis impramine treatment on salbutamol  induced inhibition of ingestive behaviour of rats. International Research Communication System Medical Science.1985;13: 846. 

6.Neuromuscular blocking effect of fluoxetine and its interaction with rocuronium in Auton Autacoid Pharmacol. 2013 Apr;33(1-2):17-24. 

7.Anti-Urolithiatic Effect of Ethanolic extract of Pedal


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).
  • Professor and Head participated as member in preparation of Essential Drug List of Gujrat State.
  • Staff members of the department are working as Hostel Wardens-Dr. C. B. Tripathi and Dr. N. K. Paliwal
  • Dr. C. B. Tripathi is also professor I/C Library and I/C Medical Education Cell

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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