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ARPA files complaint against Pharmacy College in Guwahati for violation of admission norms for Pharmacy Bridge Course

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Coming down heavily on the college authorities at the Down Town Pharmacy College in Guwahati in Assam, the Association of Registered Pharmacists in Assam (ARPA) has demanded to the college principal to stop the classes just commenced for the pharmacy bridge course, Bachelor of Pharmacy Practice (B.Pharm.Pr), and restart the admission procedure as per rules and regulations in the country.

In a complaint sent to the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), the association has wanted the Council to conduct an inquiry into the admissions already made by the college and establish a fail-safe admission procedure for the course in future. According to sources, the college completed the admission procedure and started classes in August.

According to ARPA, the college authorities have admitted only working pharmacists in the health services of the Assam government for the bridge course, and not selected any practicing pharmacist from private sector or from central services. All the 40 seats have been given to the state employees and not a single candidate has been selected from community pharmacy. The objective of the bridge course is to improve the standard of the practicing pharmacists, mainly from the private sector, but the principal of the Down Town Pharmacy College has neglected the very purpose of the course, the general secretary of the association alleged.

Through letters signed by its members, the association wanted the state government  and also to the vice-chancellor of the university to form an admission monitoring committee (AMC) to ensure that the norms are not violated by the colleges which conduct the bridge course. A memorandum, signed by the practicing pharmacists from private sector will be sent to the PCI office in New Delhi shortly, Sofiur Rehman Khan, general secretary of ARPA informed.

According to him, either the college authorities or the Assam Down Town University (ADTU), to which the college is affiliated, have not given any advertisement about commencement of the course in any media or not made any announcement publicly. Due to this, not a single practicing pharmacist from the community pharmacy could apply for the two-year course. Similarly, pharmacists working in the central government institutions like ESI, Railway, National Health Mission centres and other healthcare institutions also failed in applying for the course to get an additional qualification.

PCI started the bridge course mainly to increase the qualification and standard of the practicing pharmacists, because,  in future, registration will be allowed only for graduates in pharmacy. By starting the course, PCI hoped that the practicing pharmacists would get opportunity to review the case notes or prescriptions in their practice settings and they would be able to identify and resolve the drug related problems. This would ensure the improved patient care and decrease the unnecessary healthcare expenditure.

PCI had framed ‘the Bachelor of Pharmacy Practice (Bridge course) Regulations 2010’ to regulate the course. As per the eligibility norms prescribed in the Regulations, a registered pharmacist with a diploma in pharmacy as basic qualification and has four years of practicing experience in a community or hospital pharmacy can apply for the course. Classes will be conducted on week-end days.


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Bhagavan P S Sep 15, 2017 1:46 AM
Bridge course means a course with deficiency is made up to make it an updated course.

Here D.PHARM and B.PHARM courses are equally outdated by course content.

What is that they are bridging.

I am afraid it is just another money plant taking students in a wild goose chase.

Govt should immediately step in and evaluate it's worth.
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