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Approvals to new pharmacy courses should be given to govt institutions to increase quality of education: Sripati Singh

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

If the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) honestly desires to have quality teaching and learning in institutions, it must recommend to the central and state governments to initiate steps for starting more colleges in the government sector.

Similarly, government level steps are required to monitor regular attendance of students in classes in the private colleges. There are allegations that many students get admissions for diploma course in institutions, do not attend classes, but pass out in good marks, opined Sripati Singh, secretary of Indian Pharmacy Graduates Association (IPGA), Bihar state branch.

“Government institutions do have well qualified teachers and infrastructure for all subjects in the pharmaceutical sciences. State governments should come forward to start new institutions and courses to uplift the educational sector. In the same way, government should design projects to create jobs for the qualifying students.” he said.

While briefing Pharmabiz about the situation prevailing in the pharmacy education sector in north India, the IPGA Bihar secretary said one of the major flaws that pharmacy education now faces is surge in number of institutions in private sector. This literally reduces the quality of education in total. There are malpractices, corruption and violation of education rules in admissions, conduct of classes and practical, examinations and releasing results, he alleged.

In the case of government colleges, there is no need of anxiety or apprehension about quality of teaching, and they keep a track on students’ attendance. But irregularities and poor performances are surging in private colleges just as their number surges. Violations of educational rules mainly happen in the private pharmacy institutions of north and north-eastern states. So, the regulatory bodies, PCI and AICTE, should grant approvals for courses only in government institutions or in institutions controlled by semi-governmental bodies, Singh said.

In the case of Bihar, he said, the state needs more number of qualified pharmacists, hence more institutions are required. When the neighbouring states are getting more and more approvals, very few applications are reaching PCI and AICTE from this eastern state of the country.

As a solution to the deteriorating quality of pharmacy education in private institutions, Singh has opined that the government at the centre should constitute an academic expert panel with no control of PCI or AICTE to monitor the educational system in the pharmacy colleges across the country. The panel will oversee the procedures of admissions, conduct of classes and examinations and check the attendance data of the students. The attendance and performance of both the students and teachers in each institution need to be watched. The panel will also monitor compliance of education rules by public and private colleges.

Regarding employment of graduates in pharmaceutical sciences, the Bihar IPGA leader said hundreds of B Pharm graduates are searching for jobs in the state as they cannot apply for pharmacist posts whose basic qualification is only diploma. The only opportunity for them is the post of drug inspector. “Even the graduates are not venturing into any entrepreneurship. Most of the pharmacy graduates in Bihar are unemployed people. The government has no plan for uplifting them,” he added.


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