Elephant Research Centre
Elephant Research Centre (ERC) at Vels University

About the Centre

The Elephant Research Centre [Centre for Elephant Disease Control and Prevention (CEDCP) & Elephant Formulary] at VISTAS, Chennai, India was inaugurated by the Chancellor of VISTAS Dr.Ishari K Ganesh & Vice- President (Planning & Development), VISTAS Prof. Dr. A. JothiMurugan on Friday 27 October 2017.

Our Elephant Research Centre is our country’s unique Elephant Research Centre which primarily focusses on Elephant Formulary.


Mission

Elephant Research Centre [Centre for Elephant Disease Control and Prevention (CEDCP) & Elephant Formulary] is dedicated to the health (Treatment, Drugs and Dose), welfare of elephants and the sharing of information among elephant professionals, Forest Departments, State and Central Ministry of the Government of India.

How we are organised

Elephant Research Centre is made up of members from National and International Universities / Research Institutions / Forest Departments.

Elephant Research Centre
Chief Patron, Patron & Members Of VISTAS
Dr. Ishari K Ganesh Founder & Chancellor, VISTAS
Dr. Arthi K Ganesh Pro Chancellor, VISTAS
Prof.Dr. A. JothiMurugan Vice President (Planning & Development), VISTAS
Prof.Dr. P. Swaminathan Vice-Chancellor, VISTAS
Prof.Dr. S. Sriman Narayanan Pro Vice-Chancellor, VISTAS
Prof.Dr. A.R. Veeramani Registrar, VISTAS
Elephant Research Centre (ERC)
International & National Advisory Committee
Dr. Susan K. Mikota
Diplomate American College of Animal Welfare
Director of Veterinary Programs and Research
Elephant Care International
166 Limo View Lane,
Hohenwald, TN 38462,
USA
Dr. Janine L. Brown
Reproductive Physiologist
Head
National Zoological Park's Endocrine Research Laboratory
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Center for Species Survival (CSS)
MRC 5534
1500 Remount Road, Front Royal
Virginia VA 22630
USA
National Advisory Committee
Dr. Raman Sukumar
Professor and Chairman
Centre for Ecological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science (IISC)
Bangalore, Karnataka State, India
Dr. Jacob Cheeran
Professor (Retd)
Senior Scientist (Drug Immobilisation)
HOD - Pharmacology and Toxicology College of
Veterinary and Animal Sciences Mannuthy,
Thrissur, Kerala State, India
Dr. S.R. Srinivasan
Professor (Retd),
Former Dean Faculty of Basic Sciences
Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences
University (TANUVAS) Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India
Dr. R. Sridhar
Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary Pathology Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS),
Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India
Dr.M.G. Jayathangaraj
Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India
Dr.Kushal Konwar Sharma
Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology
College of Veterinary Science
Assam Agricultural University
Guwahati, Assam State, India
Dr.Arun Zachariah
Forest Veterinary Officer
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Kerala State, India
Dr.N.S. Manoharan
Regional Joint Director
Veterinary services
Coimbatore & Nilgiris
Government of Tamil Nadu
India
Dr.K. Senthil Kumar
Assistant Professor
Post graduate Research Institute in Animal Sciences
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS)
Kattupakkam - 603 203
Tamil Nadu State
India
Mr.Parthasarathy
Chief Priest
Former Dharmakartha
Adikesava Perumal Temple (“Sri Ramanujar Temple”)
Sriperumpudur
Tamil Nadu State
India
Dr. E.K. Easwaran
Chief Forest Veterinary Officer
"EdamanaMatom",
Aruvikkara PO
Thiruvananthapuram Kerala state - 695 564 India
Dr. P. Sriram
Professor & Head,
Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology,
Madras Veterinary College,
TANUVAS
Chennai - 600 007
Tamil Nadu
India
Dr. Jawaharlal Singh
Professor, VMD / Additional DSW
Coordinator Wildlife Disease
Diagnosis & Health Management
Department of Veterinary Medicine (Wildlife Medicine)
College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology (GBPUAT)
Udham Singh Nagar, Pantnagar
Uttarakhand
India
Steering Committee (SC) – Elephant Research Centre
Dr. V. Santhosh Kumar
Founder Chief
Elephant Research Centre
Chair - Steering Committee
Professor
Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. P. Shanmugasundaram
Co-Chair – Steering Committee
Director
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. Ramaiyan Velmurugan
Associate Professor & Head
Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. M. VijeyAanandhi
Professor & Head
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. S. Satheesh Kumar
Professor & Head
Department of Pharmaceutics
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. S. Jayakumari
Professor & Head
Department of Pharmacognosy
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS) VISTAS
Dr. T. S. Shanmugarajan
Professor
Advisor – Stem Cell Club
Department of Pharmaceutics
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Mr. M. Ashok Kumar
Head
Department of Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Sub Committee
Dr.Binoy Varghese Cherian
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. Malarkodi Velraj
Professor
Department of Pharmacognosy
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. A. Vijayalakshmi
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacognosy
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. E. Suchithra
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacognosy
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Mrs. S. Nithya
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Mrs. V. Jayashree
Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Mr. Ramachandran
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Interschool / Interfaculty / Interdepartmental Advisory Committee - VISTAS
Mr. V. Sri Raman
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
School of Life Sciences
VISTAS
Dr. P. Mahalingam
Dean
School of Languages
VISTAS
Dr. T. Ilango
HOD i/c – Civil Engineering
School of Engineering
VISTAS

Achievements

  • Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, VISTAS organised an Elephant Conference on 02 January 2017.

  • Our Elephant Conference was recognized by the United Nations in their official website UN World Wildlife Day.

  • Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, VISTAS organised an Elephant Conference 2 on April 11, 2018.

  • Theme of Elephant Conference 2 - "Save The Elephant".

  • Shared Elephant Formulary to elephant veterinarians of four states Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Assam and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.

International MoU

Elephant Research Centre, Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences signed a MoU with Elephant Care International, TN, USA

Purpose

  • Identifying and planning of Elephant Research Projects

  • MoU initiative with State Forest Departments, Wildlife Institutes and Central Forest Academy

Facts about Elephants

Elephants are the largest of all land animals in the world. There are two species, the African and the Asian Elephants.

Why Elephants Matter?

Elephants are among the most intelligent of the creatures with which we share the planet. Elephants are also keystone species, playing an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live. During the dry season, elephants use their tusks to dig for water. Elephants provide water for other animals that share harsh habitats. When forest elephants eat, they create gaps in the vegetation. These gaps allow new plants to grow and create pathways for other smaller animals to use. They are also one of the major ways in which trees disperse their seeds. .

Why Save Elephants?

Elephants are Asia’s and Africa’s gardeners and landscape engineers, planting seeds and creating habitat wherever they roam.

Elephant Research Centre (ERC) at Vels University

United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

Credit: http://wildlifeday.org/about

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

In line with the UN General Assembly Resolution proclaiming World Wildlife Day, the CITES Secretariat calls on all member States and organizations of the United Nations system and other global, regional and sub-regional organizations, non-governmental organizations and all interested individuals, to: observe and raise awareness of the theme for World Wildlife Day in an appropriate manner; to associate the celebrations with major national and international conservation events, where appropriate; to organize campaigns to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife and their products using targeted strategies in order to influence consumer behaviour; and to make use of the World Wildlife Day logo as widely as possible.

Governments, law makers, enforcement officers, customs officials and park rangers across every region are scaling up their efforts to protect wildlife. It is also up to every citizen, young and old, to protect wildlife and their habitats. We all have a role to play. Our collective conservation actions can be the difference between a species surviving or disappearing.

What is CITES?

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

CITES and Elephants?

Every three years the world’s governments, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations come together for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It is the single most powerful forum for deciding the future of elephants.

Conference & Events

Elephants Rejuvenation Camp Visit, on 15 Jan 2020

Elephant Conference 2, organised by Dept of Pharmacology, on 11 Apr 2018

Inauguration of Elephant Research Centre, Dept of Pharmacology, on 27 Oct 2017

Elephant Conference 1, organised by Dept of Pharmacology, on 02 Jan 2017

Publication

Therapeutic management of wounds in Asian elephants - Vol 11 - Special Issue 2

Contact Us

Dr. V. Santhosh Kumar, M.Pharm, Ph.D.
Professor & Founder Chief
Elephant Research Centre
Chair - Steering Committee
Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
E-mail: natu9sea@gmail.com