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P.Velayudha Panicker was born at Kavalam, a remote village in Kerala. After having completed intermediate from S.D.College, Allappuzha he joined in 1958 intermediate in Pharmacy (I.Pharm) in Birla college, Pilani, Rajasthan and graduated in B.Pharm from BITS.PILANI in 1964. After a short stint in analysis of Drugs & Pharmaceuticals in Drugs Testing Laboratory of Kerala Government, he rejoined BITS, PILANI to do M.Pharm in Pharmacognosy & Phytochemical Research methods and completed in 1968. Since then he was engaged in teaching Pharmacognosy at Calicut Medical College and Trivandrum Medical college associating with Pharmacy education in Kerala from the very inception. He was heading the division of Pharmacognosy from 1984 when post-graduation leading to M.Pharm Pharmacognosy was started in College of Pharmaceutical Sciences attached to Trivandrum Medical College until his retirement in 1995. From 1996, working as Principal of Pharmacy division at Amrita Institute Medical Sciences, Cochin until 1999 , and subsequently as Director in Al-Shifa college Pharmacy, Perinthalmanna, Kerala.

He has published several research papers especially on the plant Ixora coccinea and under took a research project with the aid of State Medical Education Board, Government of Kerala. He has contributed many articles to IJPER including invited editorial on the topic of role of Herbal Pharmacist to link Modern and Traditional systems of therapy.

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