Authentication of Botanical specimens (Plant parts/Herbarium sheets)
The RHMD, store house of collection of genuine samples of Indian Raw Materials — Plants, Animals and Minerals of economic importance is an important section that attracts the attention of all those who visit CSIR-NIScPR, be it national/international guests/delegates of repute or young school students. With such a genuine collection and experienced taxonomist Dr Sunita Garg, CSIR-Emeritus Scientist as resource person, RHMD provides authentication service (Identification of botanical specimens based on morphological observation and extensive literature study) to students, researchers, and entrepreneurs who deal with natural products/herbs. It is a paid service at a nominal cost of Rs. 500/- + 18% GST (Rs. 590/-) per sample.
During the period 2018-19, (April 2018-March 2019), we received about 22 general visitors and about 1536 school students accompanied by about 142 teachers from various schools in and around Delhi on different dates, mostly under JIGYASA, the Students-Scientist Connect initiative taken by CSIR to encourage students to science stream as career. Visitors were excited and appreciative of witnessing such unique collections. Visitors, especially students, were explained about making of as well as importance of Herbarium sheets in plant collection. As part of our authentication service of plants, plant parts and crude drug samples, we did 335 samples for 127 clients and collected a revenue of Rs. 1,97,650/- (One lakh ninety-seven thousand fifty only). Our clients this season includes: Divya Pharmacy (Patanjali), Green Chem, Jamia Hamdard, Emami, Ananta Medicare, Natural Remedies Pvt. Ltd., Rajvaidya sheetal Prasad & Sons, Gencor Pacific Organics India Pvt. Ltd., etc.