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 GaneshChancellor, VISTAS
Prof.Dr. A. JothiMuruganVice President (Planning & Development), VISTAS
Prof.Dr. P. SwaminathanVice-Chancellor, VISTAS
Prof.Dr. A.R. VeeramaniRegistrar, VISTAS
Adivisory Committee – Elephant Research Centre
Dr. Susan K. MikotaDiplomate American College of Animal Welfare
Director of Veterinary Programs and Research
Elephant Care International 166 Limo View Lane,
Hohenwald, TN 38462, USA
Dr. Raman SukumarProfessor and Chairman
Centre for Ecological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science (IISC)
Bangalore, Karnataka State, India
Dr. Jacob CheeranProfessor (Retd)
Senior Scientist (Drug Immobilisation)
HOD - Pharmacology and Toxicology College of
Veterinary and Animal Sciences Mannuthy,
Thrissur, State, IndiaKerala
Dr. S.R. SrinivasanProfessor (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. SridharProfessor 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. JayathangarajProfessor and Head
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India Professor and Head(TANUVAS)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India
Dr.KushalKonwar SharmaProfessor and Head
Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology
College of Veterinary Science
Assam Agricultural University
Guwahati, Assam State, India
Dr.Arun ZachariahForest Veterinary Officer
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Kerala State, India
Steering Committee (SC) – Elephant Research Centre
Dr. V. Santhosh KumarChief
Elephant Research Centre
Chair - Steering Committee
Professor & Head
Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. P. ShanmugasundaramCo-Chair – Steering Committee
Director
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. M. VijeyAanandhiProfessor & Head
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. S. Satheesh KumarDean (i/c) Academic Research
Professor & Head
Department of Pharmaceutics
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. T. S. ShanmugarajanProfessor
Advisor – Stem Cell Club
Department of Pharmaceutics
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. S. JayakumariProfessor & Head
Department of Pharmacognosy
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS) VISTAS
Mr. M. Ashok KumarHead
Department of Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Sub Committee
Dr.Binoy Varghese CherianAssociate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. V. SowmyalakshmiAssistant Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. E. SuchithraAssistant Professor
Department of Pharmacognosy
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. R. VelmuruganAssistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Mrs. S. NithyaAssociate Professor
Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Mrs. V. JayashreeAssistant Professor Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
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.

Contact Us

Dr. V. Santhosh Kumar, M.Pharm, Ph.D.
Chief
Elephant Research Centre
Professor & Head
Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
VISTAS
Phone: 94453 05819
E-mail: hodpcology@velsuniv.ac.in