Hafiz Muhammad Ilyas Institute Of Pharmacology and Herbal Sciences

Shaheed-e-Pakistan Hakim Mohammed Said firmly believed that “ IN THIRD MILLENNIUM THE HEALTH CARE WILL DEPEND ON HERBAL MEDICINES”. With this perspective, late Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ilyas, former Managing Director, Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan established the Institute of Pharmacology and Herbal Sciences in 1990 to carry out research on Pharmacology and Toxicology of herbal drugs using modern scientific techniques. In 1993, after his demise, in recognition of his valuable services for Hamdard and Herbal Medicine in Pakistan, this institute was named as Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ilyas Institute of Pharmacology and Herbal Sciences. Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ilyas was a renowned physician and one of the pioneers, who paved the way of modernization of Unani Medicine and developed several new formulations of Unani Medicines. Dr. Hafiz.

Muhammad Ilyas played a pivotal role in the development of Unani/Herbal Medicine in Pakistan. Time has confirmed the vision of Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said, and today, extensive research work worth billions of dollars is being done all over the world on herbs to find out effective and safe drugs at affordable prices for the treatment of common and presently incurable diseases.

His advocacy and determination convinced the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare wider use of herbal drugs to meet its declaration “Health for All by the Year 2000”.

The importance of Phytotherapy has increased steadily ever since. The Institute is currently involved in:

  1. Providing and promoting facilities for advanced study and research in the fields of Pharmacology and Herbal Sciences.
  2. Imparting teaching training and guiding in order to prepare candidates for M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees.
  3. Promoting courses of further study and in-service training for those already engaged in medical sciences including Eastern Medicine.
  4. Research output at the institute has resulted in peer reviewed papers published in England, Germany, Japan, Korea and Pakistan. Books have been published by Higher Education Commission, Muqtadra Quami Zaban (National Language Authority) and University of Karachi Press.
  5. Further the Government of Pakistan has granted patent rights to four processes, developed by the institute in collaboration with HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi.
  6. United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has approved the Institute for visit under TOKTEN Program and a Professor from Temple University of Philadelphia (USA) has visited the institute for six weeks.
  7. Senior Fulbright Scholarship has been awarded to one of its faculty members.
  8. To date, several students have been awarded M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees on the research work done in the institute. Students are pursuing studies for their M.Phil and Ph.D. degree.
  9. The institute conducts practical classes in Pharmacology for Pharm D. students.


Bait al-Hikmah (Central Library) has a collection of over 500,000 books and it subscribes research journals of various disciplines including Medicine and Pharmacy.


The institute is equipped with latest models of research tools like Electronic Centrifuge, Electrophoresis Unit, Electronic Balance, Spectrophotometer, Nikon Advance Trinocular Research Microscope, TLC System, U.V. Transilluminator Lamp, Autoclave, Photo Electric Colorimeter, Analytical Balance, Microtome Unit, Vortex Mixer, Glucometers, Oscillograph, Isotonic Transducer, Blood Pressure Transducer, Thermocirculator, Microliter Syringe Pump, Rotavapor, Langendroff Heart Assembly, Open field Apparatus, Light and Dark and Hole Board Boxes, Elevated Plus Maze, Tail Suspension, Stair Case, Forced Swim Apparatus, Computers (Pentium – 4) etc.

Experimental Animals

The institute has excellent animal house to cater the needs of research. it includes breeding area and feed preparation room. It contains animals e.g. Guinea pigs, Rats (Sprague Dawley Strain), Mice (NMRI Strain) and Rabbits.


The institute has very close collaboration with the Departments of Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy and HEJ Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi and Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan.


The available facilities can be used for the determination of Pharmacological and Toxicological effects of herbs and their preparations. Studies can also be carried out on development of formulations of therapeutic value.

Eligibility for M.Phil. Ph.D Program

Candidates for M.Phil studies should hold Master’s degree in allied subject, B.Pharm (4 years degree), MBBS (5 years degree) BUMS (5 years degree) and Pharm.D. from any recognized university as may be approved by the BASR.

Candidates for Ph.D. Program should hold any of the following.

  1. M.Phil. in the respective subject from any recognized university.
  2. Master’s degree in the respective subject from a recognized university with acceptable documented research experience.
  3. Faculty members with Master’s degree in the respective discipline from any recognized university.
  4. A qualification equivalent to Master’s degree from any recognized university as may be approved by the BASR.
Current Projects

Pharmacological and Safety Evaluation Studies on:

  1. Barrisal (Hepatoprotective), Somina
  2. (Sedative and Hypnotic), Aftimooni
  3. (Sedative and Hypnotic), (Jigarine CL)
  4. (Hepatoprotective), Opuntia
  5. (Hypotensive), Bombax ceiba
  6. (Hypotensive), Polyalthia Longifolia
  7. (Hypotensive) and Tagetes Patula
  8. (Hypotensive). Melia Azedarach flowers (anxiolytic and antidepressant) and roots (Anxiolytic) Antibacterial effect of Melia Azaderach flowers on Rabbits.
  9. Development of herbal cream for skin diseases formula Code No. HB-1 for Pyogenic infections, Antidiabetic properties of compound X. Formulation of a drug of antilipidemic properties.
  10. Development of herbal cream for skin diseases formula Code No. HB-1 for Pyogenic infections Development of herbal cream in wound healing formula code No. SI Antidiabetic properties of compound. Development of herbal formulation for prevention of atherosclerosis.

About Us

Hamdard University is a private research university with campuses in Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan. It was founded in 1991 by the renowned philanthropist Hakim Said of the Hamdard Foundation. Hamdard is one of the first and the oldest private institutions of higher education in Pakistan.

Contact Us

Telephone: (92-21) 36440035-40
UAN No. : (021) -111-102-030
F : (92-21) 36440045
Address: Hamdard University, Madinat al-Hikmah
Hakim Mohammed Said Road
Karachi – 74600, Pakistan