The programme is expected to provide students a platform to specialize in this unique domain and also help meet the needs of the herbal industry and regulatory authorities, who need trained personnel in this domain
The programme curriculum is uniquely designed to blend both the product and process curriculum models ideal for industry based degree programmes. There are a number of institutions that offer training in herbal quality and regulation, but none who offer a degree programme that will help the herbal industry and regulatory bodies to improve quality and regulation of herbal products in the market besides preparing students to increasing their employability and entrepreneurship skills. This is one of few such courses endorsed and supported by the industry.
Semester 1: Students will be introduced to basics of herbal industry and project management through theory, practice and field visits. They will learn about traceability of bioresources, quality supply of raw materials, resolving issues in supply of herbal raw material to the industry. Students will focus on herbal material sourcing – quality and efficiency, certification of herbal raw materials, herbal resource quality control and statistics, resource management with regards to community owned enterprises.
Semester 2: Students will be introduced to the basics of herbal industrial set-up such as procurement of semi-processed raw material to good manufacturing practices. Students will be learn about authentic identification of semi-processed/value added raw drugs, mass production, crisis management, medicinal plant economics, quality assurance of products, economics of herbal industry, risk management, process optimization, validation of herbal products, and good manufacturing practices.
Semester 3: Students will be exposed to quality assurance and regulatory aspects in herbal industry where the curriculum will contribute to skilled resource in inventory management of private/public/participatory supply chain issues, quality testing of the finished product, packaging and business management of herbal products, architecture of herbal processing industry, differential quality management of phyto-pharma sector, regulatory issues related to herbal products, and business management – legal and policy issues.
Semester 4: Students will undertake internships and do research in areas of their choice based on the topics discussed during the programme. At the end of the semester, students will submit their project work for evaluation, or a thesis/dissertation for publishing. Their project work is expected to contribute to skilled development in project crisis/risk management of herbal products.
The programme will be taught by expert faculty at TDU who have more than twenty years of experience in dealing with the subject area. In addition, courses will be taught by representatives from the industry such as experts from companies like Dabur, Natural Remedies, Himalaya and others. Legal and regulatory aspects will be taught by lawyers and experts who practice in procurement, supply chain management, IPR, marketing and related. Specific modules will also be taught by local traditional healers and entrepreneurs in herbal industry.
Potential career opportunities include quality assurance officers, raw drug analysts, processing advisors, quality control inspectors, industrial production managers, organic certifiers, quality auditors, management level position at NGOs, CBOs dealing with medicinal plants, and entrepreneurs. Students can explore options for continuing education including pursuing a doctoral degree programme in health care management, herbal quality and regulatory affairs, etc..
For details, please refer the Brochure.