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PCI to implement 'one campus one approval' policy for getting permission for all programmes

Lucy Fernandes, Mumbai
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The pharmacy colleges in the country will no longer need to apply for different educational programmes separately, as the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is coming out with 'one campus one approval' policy with the benefit of getting one approval for all the programmes in a particular college.  This new policy will be implemented after the executive committee meeting of the PCI which is to be held on July 15, 2017. Beside this policy, the PCI is also introducing two major projects Digitalisation and National Registration for Pharmacist.

The aim to introduce the new policy of one campus one approval is that the pharmacy institutes offering, diploma, degree and Pharm D courses can get the benefits of one inspection and get the approval for all the programmes which will reduce the inspection process being conducted by the PCI. As per the existing regulation, the pharmacy institutes are given extension for diploma, degree and PG courses separately by the PCI after separate inspections.

Under one campus one approval policy, pharmacy colleges will no longer need to apply for different courses separately, the core inspection will be avoided, one inspection will be done at a particular time. Secondly, PCI is moving towards digitalisation, once the data is received it will be closed unless the institutes want to do major changes or update the information.

The PCI is also planning for national registration for pharmacists, an online registration where pharmacists will get registered themselves and will be straight away reflected in the national register. Once a pharmacist moves from one job to another, PCI can track him/her where he/she is moving. All the pharmacists will be available in the national data base and the registration will be compulsory for all pharmacists and it will be maintained online.

Dr B Suresh, president, PCI, said, “This three projects are the pipeline projects, it is approved by the council and we are working with National Informatics Centre (NIC) to develop the framework, hopefully by the end of this year we will be able to go live”.

 

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