Pharmacy Education in India:

Pharmacy education in India is regulated by 2 organizations: the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), under the Pharmacy Act of 1948, and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which was established under the AICTE Act of 1987.

Current status of Pharmacy education in India is a hot topic for discussion with it’s own positive and negative point to be considered.

The profession of pharmacy is still in its developing stages in India and is yet to develop to its fullest extent.

Here the pharmacist performs a job of a drug seller and not much focused on patient counseling due to poor knowledge of adverse drug reaction and drug integrations.

Indian circumstances does not allow pharmacist to practice the profession independently, here doctors are the decision makers.

History of Pharmacy education in India:

B pharmacy: The pharmacy education in India is not very old.  It was  started  at  the University level only in 1932  in Banaras Hindu University(BHU) by a thirty year old youth, Mahadeva Lal Schroff popularly known as M.L. Schroff. By 2013 there are about 1500 pharmacy degree institutions in India offering various courses.

M Pharm: To train the graduate pharmacist to provide clinical-oriented services, the MPharm program in pharmacy practice was introduced at Jagadguru Sri Shivaratreeswara (JSS) College of pharmacy at Mysore in 1996 and at Ooty in 1997. There are 6 National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs) in India offering MS (Pharm), MTech (Pharm), and higher-level degrees.

Pharm D: The first effort to introduce Pharm.D in India was initiated in Trivandrum Government Medical College  in  1999 when the syllabus  and regulations framed  by  K.G.Revikumar ,  the head of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy, of the Medical College with the help of some American Universities got approved by the Board of Studies and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of  Kerala.

                       Courses            Duration     Eligibility
Bachelor of pharmacy (B.Pharm), 4 year program after 10+2
Master of pharmacy ( M.Pharm) , 2 year program after B.Pharm
Doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D) 6 year program after 10+2
Doctor of philosophy (Ph.D) generally 3 years work) after M.Pharm
Diploma in pharmacy (D.Pharm), 2 year program after 10+2

The hype is created by some people about career in the field of pharmacy. If you personally ask any individual regarding it the truth can be revealed.

They say India will export drugs to these many countries but does this improve condition of pharmacist or pharma Profession answer is no.

Many pharma giants will provide placements but there are limited and small industries will take Bsc and 10+2 peoples to cut the cost of production

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