A two-day National seminar on 'Advanced Chromatography Techniques' organised by the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysore, on the role of chromatographic techniques in drug discovery, development and quality control of pharmaceuticals began this morning at college premises here.

Welcoming the gathering, JSS College of Pharmacy Principal H.G.Shivakumar called upon the young researchers, delegates and students to make use of this seminar to update their knowledge in the field of chromato-graphic techniques to be on par with the global standards.

Dr. B.Manjunatha, Registrar, JSS University, who was the chief guest on the occasion, inaugurated the seminar by lighting the lamp. Addressing the gathering, he said that it is necessary to update knowledge on the current developments which were happening across the world related to chromatographic techniques and with the advancement of science and technology, chroma-tographic techniques have revolutionised the field of pharmaceutical sciences with their various applications.

Dr. Manjunatha also released the seminar chronicle.

In today's seminar, Saikat Banerjee delivered a lecture on 'Mass spectrometry technology' followed by another lecture on the topic 'Supercritical fluid chromatography.'

During the post lunch session Dr. V.V.Pillai will deliver a lecture on 'Chromatographic Techniques in Clinical Toxicology' while Dr. Ashok Kumar will speak on the topic 'Difference Gel Electro-phoresis: Advances in Methodology for Biomolecular Separation and Characterisation.'

About 300 students, delegates and young researchers are participating in the seminar.

In tomorrow's session, Dr. Rajesh of Apotex, Bangalore, will deliver lecture on 'Bioanalytical method development and vali-dation followed by a lecture by Dr. Datar of Shimadzu, Mumbai on the topic 'Role of LC-MS-MS in the characterisation of small molecules' while Dr. Shailesh of Shimadzu, Mumbai will deliver a lecture on 'Trouble shooting in HPLC' and Dr. Jayachandran of Anchrome India, Mumbai will speak on 'Newer trends in HPTCL.' The valedictory will be held tomorrow at 3 pm.