Department of Ilmul Advia (Pharmacology) was established in 2004. A variety of teaching and learning techniques are employed to impart knowledge and skills to students. The department’s infrastructure is well furnished with all modern facilities. The Department laboratories are well equipped with latest instruments and technologies. The department has three laboratories i.e. Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Standardization/ quality control. Pharmacology laboratory has polarizing microscope with cameras, Rota rod apparatus, Activity meter apparatus, Radial Maiz, Plus Maiz, cold and hot plate analgesiometer, digital plethysmo meter, electro convulso meter etc. Pharmacognosy laboratory has microtome, Fluorescent ultraviolet chamber, paper chromatography chamber, muffle furnace and other related instruments which are used in identification of drugs. Standardization and Quality Control Laboratory is established to standardize the Unani drugs and to bring out research in Unani Pharmaceutical products. A Central Instrumentation Facility Laboratory (CIFL) is also attached with the department of Ilmul Advia which houses necessary equipments and basic infrastructure required to carry out quality research, like HPLC, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Microwave digestion system, UV/VIS Spectrometer and other basic equipments required for the routine works. This Laboratory helps in the quality control of single drugs as well as compound formulations.
Department has established a drug museum along with herbarium to house drug and plant specimens. The main motive for the development of drug museum and herbarium is to display various Unani drug samples for teaching and authentication of drug samples. The herbarium also helps to store authenticated specimens of Unani drugs and store all the samples over which research has been conducted at NIUM. In future, it is hoped to serve as referral centre for drug authentication. The department also has an animal house facility which houses small laboratory animals like rat and mice. The animals are kept under standard environmental conditions as per CPCSEA
Since the establishment of the Department, it has shown a lot of progress both academically and in research fields of major interest in the special context of Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Standardization, Physico-chemical studies of Unani drugs. The department regularly conducts journal club, seminar and symposium to enhance the communication skills and better understanding of the subject. More than 100 research papers have been published by faculty members in reputed national and international journals