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Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Gairsain

Prof. Bhagwati Prasad Nautiyal
Director, Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (IMAP)

VCSG Uttarakhand University of Horticulture & Forestry,
Mehalchauri, Gairsain-246 431,
District – Chamoli
Uttarakhand, India

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Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Uttarakhand visited the centre on 22nd March, 2018 and announced the Institute to be developed as a Centre of Excellence for Medicinal, Aromatic Plants and Wild Flowers based on integrated Agri-Horticulture model. He also emphasized on commercial plantation of aromatic plants having no wild animal menace and promoting the cultivation of potential wild flowers specific to the temperate climate to boost flower market in the state.


To establish a premier Institute for R&D work on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Stakeholder’s capacity building and to develop technology which is regionally relevant, socially acceptable and just, and also fulfil the aspirations of people.


To develop a world class institute facilitating bio-prospecting and drug development, rejuvenating Traditional System of Medicines by technology intervention, conserving germplasm of MAPs, development of appropriate cultivation packages, overall capacity building for herbal sector and importantly to generate trained human resources through research, training and transfer of technology to fulfil the dream of herbal state.


  • To provide and impart excellent education in MAPs including traditional medicinal system through vocational training courses and research to develop human resource for entrepreneurship development and herbal sector.
  • To carry out extensive exploration activities on MAPs, documentation and to create a state of the art plant repository for sustainable utilization.
  • To explore possibilities on entrepreneurship development based on traditional medicinal system (TMS) including traditional medicinal knowledge (TMK) and aromatic plant based value added installation and products.
  • To develop suitable agronomic practices and to facilitate technical know-how for sustainable utilization of natural resources.
  • To produce trained man-power by imparting knowledge and technical proficiency for commercial cultivation of MAPs, bio-prospecting and for entrepreneurship based on herbal produce.
  • Post harvesting technology, processing including value addition and formulations of aromatic plants of the region.
  • To evaluate, scrutinized and isolation of new bio-molecules from potential plants used in TSM and local health care system in the region and to encourage the establishment of herbal based industry.
  • To impart knowledge regarding marketing and economical aspects and managing small and   medium enterprises.
  • Drug evaluation and formulations including clinical trials.
  • Collection and multiplication of germplasm of medicinal and aromatic plants.
  • To make quality planting material of MAPs, vegetables and ornamental plants available for local farmers.
  • Establishment of demonstration farm of semi high density apple orchard and walnut plantation under HMNEH, Govt. of Uttarakhand at Hargarh farm so that it will be replicated and also for training purpose. Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated the demonstration site on 22nd march, 2018
  • Plantation of Khus grass (veteiver) for soil and water conservation at Hargarh farm.
  • Professional PG diploma course on aromatic plants regarding production and bio-prospecting is designed along with course curricula. University is willing to start this diploma course once infrastructure facilities get available in the institute.
  • Extension activities through “Farmers Information Centre” at temporary office of the institute at Mailchauri and capacity building of local inhabitants for cultivation /production of MAPs, self-employment and entrepreneurship skills through technology intervention.
S. No. Name Designation Discipline
1. Dr. B. P. Nautiyal Director Medicinal & Aromatic Plant (MAP)
2. Dr.Madhulika Pandey OIC, Assistant Professor Agronomy

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