ANDHRA PRADESH

Bright future in sight for pharmacy education

The Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Y.C. Simhadri, with the president of the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI), R.S. Gaud, the former Chairman of the AICTE, S.K. Khanna, and the president of the Pharmacy Council of India, B . Suresh, at the inaugural of the international convention of the APTI in city on Saturday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

The Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Y.C. Simhadri, with the president of the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI), R.S. Gaud, the former Chairman of the AICTE, S.K. Khanna, and the president of the Pharmacy Council of India, B . Suresh, at the inaugural of the international convention of the APTI in city on Saturday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam  

VISAKHAPATNAM, OCT. 2. Research in education is of paramount importance in meeting future challenges, emphasised a former chairman of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), S.K. Khanna, here on Saturday.

``Future is great for pharmacy education like any other branch of education and it is necessary for the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI), the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and universities to prepare a blue-print for expansion and growth in education and research,'' he said.

Prof. S.K. Khanna was chief guest at the inaugural session of APTI's two-day international convention and awards function being organised by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Andhra University.

Critical evaluation

He said that the organisation needed mid-term critical evaluation and also called upon the Central and State Governments to look for private participation. Research should go hand in hand with the corporate sector and industries and the AICTE was also trying to find ways to involve the regional corporate sector and industries for the purpose, he said.

The Chairman of the PCI, B. Suresh, called upon the pharmacy teachers of India, to give a thought how best they could benefit society and the profession.

While Prof. Khanna released a souvenir, a professor of the University of Missouri (US), Ashim Mitra, released the study material. Prof. Suresh and the Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University, C.K. Kokate, the first pharmaceutical professor to become Vice-Chancellor of an Indian university, were felicitated.

Awards presented

The Bhojraj Panchmal Life-Time award of the APTI was presented to H.L. Balla, and the Principal Of The Year Award was received by Madhusudhan Natwarlal Shroff of the Bombay College of Pharmacy.

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