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‘Tremendous changes occurring in pharmacy education’

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M.D. Karvekar, member, Pharmacy Council of India, speaking at Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences in Coimbatore. –
M.D. Karvekar, member, Pharmacy Council of India, speaking at Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences in Coimbatore. –

Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The Union Government in the XI Five Year Plan has sanctioned Rs. 100 crore to the Pharmacy Council of India. Since this amount was not sufficient, the Council has sought Rs. 135 crore more for the development of pharmacy profession and education, M.D. Karvekar, Member, Pharmacy Council of India, said here on Wednesday.

Speaking at the college day celebrations of the College of Pharmacy, Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences, he said if the additional amount were to be sanctioned, it would be used for the development of pharmacy colleges and the development of pharmacy teachers.

Pointing out the “tremendous changes” that had occurred in pharmacy education, he said the Council was working towards improving it.

“One of the major changes was the introduction of the six-year Pharm. D. course. This was to enable pharmacy graduates to get jobs abroad. Earlier, with the B. Pharm. degree they were unable to qualify for a job. The Pharm. D. course would provide five years of theory and practical classes and a year of hands-on clinical experience in a medical institution where they would get a chance to work with a health team.”

Talking about the latest effort of the Council, Mr. Karvekar said it was working on bringing out a uniform syllabus for the undergraduate and post-graduate pharmacy courses. Though he was happy about the large number of pharmacy colleges that had come up in India – nearly a 1,000 – he expressed concern over the employability and efficiency of the number of graduates coming out of these institutions.

T.K. Ravi, principal, College of Pharmacy, N. Shanmugasundaram, Dean, Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, V. Ramakrishnan, Managing Trustee, SRSI Matriculation Higher Secondary School, and K. Elango, principal, JSS College of Pharmacy, Udhagamandalam, among others spoke.

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