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Association of Pharmaceutical teachers of India (APTI) Punjab and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug research, Punjabi University are proud to announce that an International Conference cum Workshop on Informatics Tools in Drug Discovery and Delivery (IT-DDD 2018) is going to be held from 1st to 4th November 2018 in Punjabi University, Patiala, India.

Welcome to IT-DDD2018

Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI) Punjab and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research, Punjabi University are proud to announce that an International Conference cum Workshop on Informatics Tools in Drug Discovery and Delivery (IT-DDD 2018) is going to be held from 1st to 4th November 2018 in Punjabi University, Patiala, India. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for researchers, academicians as well as industry professionals across the globe to deliberate on the development and use of chemo-informatics and bioinformatics tools for  drug discovery and drug delivery followed by a hands-on experience to young researchers from academia and scientific industries.



Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI)
The association was founded by the pioneers of Pharmacy education in India in 1966 like Prof. M. L. Schroff, Prof. G. P Srivastava and others with a mission of "To be the best National Plat-form for dealing with all issues related to Pharmacy Teaching and Education in India". It has come a long way in creating better intercommunication and promotion of excellence in pharmacy education. Through its tailor-made mission and objectives, the association has provided a single platform in bringing together teachers of pharmacy education from all over the country. This has helped in the achievement of excellent standards and to develop new technological methods in pharmacy education through the exchange of views amongst the teaching members. The emergent world today, with unbelievable sophistication under its belt, demands for technically sound and highly knowledgeable pharmacists. The contribution of a teacher is thereby quite demanding. A Teacher apart from being an educator also contributes to science as a researcher, helps in business development as a consultant to pharmaceutical industry and also creates social awareness as a community pharmacist.
The APTI Punjab state branch came into existence in December 2014 under the aegis of APTI, with a mandate to prosper Pharmaceutical education in Punjab through spreading awareness about the current and prospective scenario in different fields of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Since its inception under the dynamic leadership of Prof. R K Goel, the association has successfully organized and supported three annual national conventions, six national seminars on diverse fields across different regions with the active participation and coordination of all pharmacy institutions of Punjab. It has also facilitated and supported lectures from representative of Alberta College of Pharmacists Council across Punjab. The association has the privilege of hosting 69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress, the mega event in Pharmaceutical Sciences in India, in 2017 as co-host.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research

The department was established in 1994 with an envision to develop into a centre of excellence for drug research and for training personnel at graduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels. It has a rare distinction of being granted financial assistance under the coveted FIST scheme of DST as well as SAP-I (2009-14) and SAP-II (2015-20) scheme of UGC in recognition of its excellent performance in academic and research areas. The major thrust areas of research are novel drug delivery systems, Near chemistry of Epilepsy, molecular and biochemical pharmacology of memory and cardiovascular diseases, 3D-QSAR, design and synthesis of novel drug molecules, herbal drug stability and impurity characterization, and phytochemical investigations on anti-anxiety and anti-diabetic drugs. It hosted 28th Conference of Indian Pharmacology Society in 1995, an International Conference on Pathophysiology and Drug Therapy of Cardiovascular Dis-orders in 2001, National Conference on Innovations in Drug Discovery and Research in 2009, a one day UGC-UKIERI international seminar on nanotherapeutics and crystal engineering in 2016, a hands-on one week training workshop on chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques in 2016, and several other one day seminars. Apart from fetching research grants of worth several million rupees from different agencies, the department has a rare distinction of being granted three research projects to Prof. R. K. Goel by DST and RFBR, Moscow under the Indo-Russian collaboration scheme, and successfully completing a consultancy project sanctioned to Dr. A. K. Tiwary by Kemin Industries Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The department maintains a close contact with leading pharmaceutical companies for training and placement of its students. The active research aptitude is evident by four patents and approximately 720 publications in journals of international repute. Department is celebrating its silver jubilee in this year and have been rated with All India Rank “16” in recent National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF) of MHRD, India.


As fortified by highly profitable blockbuster business for  decades the pharmaceutical industry’s is now facing significant productivity challenges – specifically how to efficiently generate enough pipeline-stage products to replace fading successful molecules, and comply the demand of post genomic era. As a result, the pharmaceutical industry is on the brink of significant change, requiring the reinvention of traditional discovery processes and the redefinition of the information technologies required to support these processes.
The most attractive new drugs, as measured by health benefits and stockholder returns, tend to be new molecular entities possessing novel modes of action rather than so called ‘me-too’ or ‘lifecycle’ drugs. Since these products are based on groundbreaking science, they significantly raise the level of risk of bringing them to market. Pharmaceutical discovery is, in fact, all about risk and uncertainty, and increasingly, how to minimize those factors while efficiently getting products to market and providing value to stockholders and healthcare consumers.
The changing trends form “me too” to “first in class drugs” demands identification of new targets. Traditionally, the crucial impasse in the industry’s search for new drug targets was the availability of biological data: Target discovery could inch forward only as fast as new genes and proteins were uncovered in the laboratory. Information accumulated slowly and, because it was generated by research into specific cellular processes such as signaling pathways, data interpretation was a relatively straightforward task.
But in the postgenomic era, tradition has been turned on its head. Today’s pharmaceutical world is awash with data, from huge and growing gene sequence archives—including the completed first draft of the human genome—and from mushrooming protein sequence repositories amassed through the conveyor-belt techniques of proteomics. These data have not been generated through the investigation of specific biological problems, but by using high-throughput, broad-spectrum methods that trawl cells indiscriminately for their genetic and molecular components. In this new era of drug discovery, the critical impasse is no longer data generation, but data interpretation.

“All serious players in the drug discovery competition are being compelled by market necessity to devote substantial resources to in silico drug discovery programs. Success in the race to discover targets and new leads in the postgenomic world will go with the greatest ability to mine the value locked in the burgeoning data archives. Leveraging big data for search of novel targets and leads to such targets has been proven to reduce the attrition rate of new drug discovery.”

In this line an international conference cum workshop is designed to stimulate/inspire young minds to get involved in the process of innovative drug discovery with an idea to leverage available big data (Pharmaceutical, chemical and biological) with informatics tools.  A blend of resource persons from academia and Drug discovery industry will enlighten the delegates for attempting drug discovery even in academic setting. Further this will be a platform for initiating collaboration among drug discovery scientists of industry and academia.


Punjabi University, Patiala
November 1-4 2018 – IT-DDD 2018

Conference Tracks

Track 1. Identification and prioritization of pharmacological targets.
Track 2. Ligand-based methods of computer-aided drug design & discovery.
Track 3. Structure-based methods of computer-aided drug design & discovery.
Track 4. Multitargeted pharmacological agents and network pharmacology.

Track 5. Natural compounds as a source for new medicines

Track 6. Computational tools for predicting formulation strategies

 Workshop Modules
Track 1. Open source computational tools and databases for drug design & discovery.
Track 2. Commercially available computational tools and databases for drug design & discovery.
Track 3. Predictive PK studies

Important Dates:

Call for Abstract : 20th  May 2018

Last date for submission of abstract: 30th  June, 2018

Acceptance notification to authors: 15 July, 2018

Registration start: 16th July, 2018

Last Date of Registration (Workshop and Conference): 31st August, 2018

Conference Date: 1st  to 3rd  November 2018 & Workshop Date: 3rd and 4th November 2018

Registration Details

•    It is advised that the candidates should visit conference website regularly for updates.
•    Only registered participants are allowed to attend the conference.
•    Each participant must fill up the separate registration form.
•    In case of students, the valid proof is required at the registration counter at the time of the conference.
•    At least one author of each accepted paper must register and present the paper at the conference in order to include the paper in the Conference Proceeding.
•    Registration for paper presenter/listener includes Conference Registration, Registration Kit, Breakfast, Conference Tea, Lunch, Dinner.
•    Accommodation will be given on availability basis on payment of extra charge (see more into Accommodation).
•    Authors are required to send the Scanned copy of completed and duly signed registration form, Bank transaction receipt along with signed copyright form to the conference organizer by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
•    The physical copies of the registration form, payment DD or Bank transaction receipt along with signed copyright form must be sent by Speed Post/Courier before the due date to the following address:

Dr. R K Goel
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research,
Punjabi University, Patiala-147002 India.


Bank Details:


Account Name: APTI Punjab state branch

Current Account Number: 65221053334

Our Branch Name: Punjabi University, Patiala

Branch Address: Punjabi University, Patiala

IFSC Code: SBIN0050009

Registration fees





Professionals/ Faculty

INR 4000

INR 3000

INR 6000


INR 3000

INR 2000

INR 4000

Foreign Delegates


USD 300


1. In case of students, the authentication from Principal/Head of Department is required with institute seal.
2. All local and overseas charges incurred for the bank transfer/credit card payment must be borne by payer.
3. APTI members will avail 10 % discount in said above registration fees after producing proper credentials.
Kind Attention please: Duly filled registration form along with the online bank payment confir-mation receipt to be sent to the Conference Registration Chair, Only by Registered Post/Courier. The scanned copy of the duly filled registration form along with the scanned copy of the payment receipt to be sent to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in advance.

Confirmation of participation
The Conference Secretariat will confirm the participation upon receiving the registration and payments. No participation confirmation letters/mail will be sent before all the payments have been received.

Cancellation and refund policy
Kindly note that all cancellations and/or changes to registration and accommodation must be made in written form to

Dr. R K Goel Professor and Former Head
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug research,
Punjabi university, Patiala-147002 India.

If a cancellation for the participation should be received by September 30th, 2018; the registra-tion fee will be refunded with the exception of a handling fee of Rs.1000. No refunds of the del-egate fee or registration fees can be made for cancellations after the said deadline. Please note that nonpresence (no-show) during the event does not constitute the cancellation, In a case of no-show, there will be no refund of any payments. Please note that in the case of denied visa application, the same cancellation and refund policies will apply as for other cancellations.










General Chair

Prof. B.S. GHUMAN, Vice Chancellor Punjabi University, Patiala


Organizing Chairs


Technical Program Committees

S.K.Kulkarni Emeritus Professor Ex. DUI, PU Chandigarh
Vladimir V. Poroikov, IBMC Moscow
G. Narahari Sastry, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, India
Alexey A lagunin, Moscow
Ms. Madhavi Sastry, Hyderabad  
Dmitry Osodolkin, Moscow
G. P. S. Raghava, IIITR, New Delhi
Athina Geronikaki, University of Aristotle, Greece
Dr Anil Saxena, ExDean CDRI Lucknow
Dr G. Pillai, Zastra Innovations, Bangalore
John J. Irwin, UCSF, USA
Shandar Ahmed, JNU, India
Evans Coutinho, BCOP, India
Rambabu Gundla, GITAM university, Hyderabad
P V Bhartam, NIPER, Mohali

Local Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee –     Dr A K Tiwary, Dr Pawan Krishan, Dr Om Silakari
Registration Committee –     Dr Gulshan Bansal,Dr S L Hari Kumar
Hospitality Committee –     Dr Suresh Kumar, Ms Gaganpreet Kaur
Accommodation Committee – Dr Nirmal Singh, Dr Kanchan Vohra
Transport Committee –     Dr Vikas Rana, Dr Gurinderdeep Singh
Dias Affairs –         Dr Richa Shri, Dr Yogita Bansal
Souvenir Committee –     Dr Amteshwar S.Jaggi, Dr Bharti Sapra
Cultural Committee –     S. Dhandeep Singh,Dr Dimple Sethi

APTI central  Committee

Dr P D Chaudhari,  President 

Dr Raman Dang, Secretary


APTI Punjab State Branch Executive Committee:

President:     Dr Rajesh Kumar Goel

Vice Presidents:     Dr Sandeep Arora, Dr Ashish Baldi

Secretary:     Dr Suresh Kumar

Treasurer:     Dr Gulshan Bansal

National Advisory Board:

Prof. B. Suresh, President, Pharmacy Council of India
Prof. Raghuram Rao, Director, NIPER, Mohali
Prof. Shailender Saraf, Vice-Chancellor, Durg University, Raipur
Prof. M P S Ishar, Vice-Chancellor, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, Bathinda
Prof Kanwaljit Chopra, Chairperson, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Prof Ramesh Kumar Goyal, Vice-Chancellor, DPSRU, New Delhi
Dr S Eswara Reddy, Drug Controller General of India
Dr S K Varshney, Scientist G, Chairman – International Co-operation (Bilateral), DST, New Delhi
Prof S K Kulkarni, ex- DUI, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Prof V K Kapoor, Ex-Chairman, UIPS, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Prof T R Bhardwaj, Ex-Chairman, UIPS, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Prof C K Kokate, Vice-Chancellor, KLE University, Belgaum
Prof Y K Gupta, Head Clinical Pharmacology, AIIMS, New Delhi
Prof. Saranjit Singh, NIPER, Mohali

Prof. B. S. Bhoop,  ExChairman UIPS , Panjab University, Chandigarh
Dr Harpreet Kalra, Head, Bioinformatics, ICMR, New Delhi

Prof. Vandana Patravale, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentation
We solicit high-quality original research papers (including significant work-in-progress) on any aspect of cheminformatics and bioinformatics applied to enhance the knowledge in drug dis-covery or drug delivery.  Please email your paper abstracts to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accommodation for limited number of delegates are available in Visitor Hostels (Guest House) of Punjabi University Campus, on payment basis which will be facilitated on a first come first serve basis. Kindly inform us during registration . The confirmation of accommodation will be sent as per availability.
However delegates either opting to stay outside or not being accommodated in the campus due to unavailability of the rooms, may choose to stay at one of the 60  hotels  available in Patiala city by following any of the following links:

How to Reach Patiala

The city of Patiala is renowned as a famous tourist destination located in the state of Punjab, In-dia. This city lies in Patiala District of Punjab, and has numerous interesting places to visit on one's trip to Patiala. The city houses several monuments and historical structures. While travelling to Patiala, one shall visit Moti Bagh Palace. It is one of the most famous tourist sites in the city. This vast and huge palace is known for its architectural magnificence, and was constructed in the year 1847.

By Road
•    Patiala has good road connectivity to cities of Punjab and nearby states and Cities like Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ambala and Delhi have frequent buses ply-ing to and from Patiala.

By Train
•    The Patiala Railway Station is under the Ambala Railway division and in the Northern Railway Zone.
•    The railway station doesn’t have a large number of trains as Ambala Railway Station nearby is a major railway junction with trains from many parts of the country halting here.

By Air
•    Nearest Airport: Nearest domestic airport from Patiala is Chandigarh Airport, located at a distance of 63km. The Chandigarh airport is a domestic airport and has flights to some Indian cities. The airline companies offering their services include Air India, Air Asia In-dia, Go Air, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Vistara. These companies offer flights to des-tinations like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Srinagar, Chennai and Hyderabad.
•    The international airport nearest to Patiala is Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, located at 243 km from Patiala. International travellers can reach Indira Gandhi Interna-tional Airport in Delhi and board a flight for Chandigarh from there also.
•    There are various cab services available by private travels companies from Chandigarh airport to Patiala city.

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