Increasing demand for pharmacy courses in India
There is an increasing demand for pharmacy courses in India as more students are evincing keen interest in pursuing courses, according to The Hindu report. This academic year alone, an estimated 392 new institutions pan India is set to offer diploma, undergraduate and post graduate courses in pharmacy, according to the report. Rightly so, educators in the country have welcomed the emerging trend and further stating that the graduates get placed in India and many more might as well visit overseas universities for higher education. Pharm D Course – the Doctor of Pharmacy is the main attraction to Indian students and many of the private institutions were reported that the course was well received by the students.
It may be recalled that a few years ago the Pharmacy Council of India approved of Pharm D. The six-year degree course includes one-year of internship. T. Ilango, Registrar of the Tamil Nadu Pharmacy Council, told the daily that the course had been approved by the Pharmacy Council of India and is on a par with those offered by the U.S. and Europe.
Dean of SRM College of Pharmacy K.S. Lakshmi was quoted as saying by The Hindu that the Pharm D course is a PG programme that orients students to the clinical setting unlike the four-year B Pharm or M Pharm, after which students go into the pharmaceutical industry or get involved in quality control or get absorbed in the drug manufacturing industry. “It helps, especially when we increasingly have patients coming with two or three diseases and their drug dosage must be carefully monitored,” Lakshmi told the daily.
At Sri Ramachandra University, all the 150 who graduated since 2013 have been placed, D. Chamundeeswari, Principal of the University’s Pharmacy College informed the daily. Apparently, the humongous burden of lifestyle-induced diseases call for qualified patient educators to train patients in taking the right dose of medicine or administering insulin, Chamundeeswari pointed out.
Stating that though private institutions are enthusiastic about the new course, no government college in the State has launched it, T.K. Ravi, Principal of Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences, which runs the course, went on to add: “It is only when the graduates’ capability is established will the government take it up. With advancement in gene-based therapy, there must be a professional who can understand, knows the drug and disease and the intricacies of treatment. We have a model in other countries. In India, with we need these professionals.”