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PCI comes down heavily on institutions for delaying verification of students’ data forwarded by SPCs

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Monday, October 26, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has criticized the pharmacy institutions for the inordinate delay in the return of students’ data forwarded by state pharmacy councils (SPCs) for the purpose of registration as pharmacists, after a close verification of the credentials.
In a circular sent to all pharmacy colleges and SPCs, the PCI has clarified that it will not approve of any sort of delay on the part of the institutions in verifying the students’ data and sending them back to the state councils on time. This delay on the part of the institutions makes the SPCs to hold up the process of registrations, PCI observes.
The central council has sent this circular to the institutional heads in the wake of reports that several students of pharmacy and nurses are producing fake certificates as issued by universities or medical boards for registration with nursing and pharmacy councils. Besides, the central pharmacy council has received a host of complaints from students of diploma and degree courses that their certificates are pending with the state councils without getting them registered. The SPCs have been asked to do the registration process after a confirmation on the credentials by the respective institutions as several bogus certificates are received by various state councils for registrations. PCI has directed all SPCs to verify such certificates, especially issued by universities, before the registration process.
According to sources from the PCI, students are getting discontented with the slow pace of registration processes carried out by various state pharmacy councils who are actually forced to take a slow step because of the delay created by the colleges. The SPCs mainly want the institutions to verify certificates issued by universities in order to ensure if the certificate holder was a regular student of the institution and he/she had completed the course in full term. Several government and deemed varsities conduct pharmacy degree courses, but there were instances of producing fake ones by certain candidates for registration purposes.
Meanwhile a head of an institution has said that because of the present COVID pandemic and lockdown the college offices are not regularly working with full strength of the administrative staff. Besides, dispatching hard copies of certificates by postal and courier services also delays the exchange of the same in between SPCs and institutions.
The latest circular of the PCI dated 21 October 2020 has been issued as a continuation of an earlier circular issued as COVID advisory on March 23. The advisory wanted all SPCs to receive applications for registration only on online mode and the payments through digital mode in order to avoid travel of students/pharmacists to the councils. Similarly, the PCI had wanted the state councils to waive off the requirement of in-person appearance by carrying out verification through video calls. In the wake of coronavirus spreading, PCI had also permitted the SPCs to extend the date of renewals of expiry and nearing expiry cases for another six months from April.


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