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Karnataka yet to notify admissions for D Pharm even as state govt announced opening of all colleges on Nov 17

Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Saturday, October 31, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Karnataka government is yet to notify admission for D Pharm (Diploma in Pharmacy) even as the State has announced the opening of all colleges on November 17, 2020. The notification for D Pharma admissions is to be issued by the State directorate of health and family welfare.

There are over 220 D Pharm colleges in the state in which 30% of the seats are under the government quota. The annual fee is Rs. 13,000 a year.  There is a minimum need for 10 days from the time of the notification issued to seek admission as these are walk-in interviews and colleges have to be ready to handle the student applications.

Annually 60 candidates are selected for the first year and there are 13,200 students qualifying every year from the D Pharm colleges. Usually the notification comes in by July, but this year because of  COVID-19 pandemic, there is an unexpected delay. However if the government has announced the opening of colleges on November 17, it is time for them to notify the admission too, Prof R Raveendra, HOD, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, RR College of Pharmacy told Pharmabiz.

The D Pharm course is largely opted by the economically backward students as the fee for the course is far more affordable. The announcement of admission for the two year D Pharm is of utmost importance because candidates seek employment in pharmacy outlets. But this year with the Union government looking to expand the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra (PMBJAK) pan- India, we see this as an opportunity for these candidates to be suitably self employed as entrepreneurs over the next two years, he added.

Last month, the government through the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) had issued guidelines for opening new PMBJAK.  It announced free government premises with a  Rs 5 lakh subsidy to start PMBJK anywhere in the country in a bid to ensure easy access to quality medicines at affordable rates. It is here our D Pharm students who qualify in the coming years can grab this chance to be employed at the earliest and earn a living, said Prof. Raveendra.

The government noted that PMBJAK scheme had drastically brought down the prices of quality medicines and making them available to a large section of population, especially the poor. This indicated the urgent need for more such outlets. Therefore we are requesting the Karnataka department of health and family welfare to announce the D Pharm admission notification at the earliest, said Prof. Raveendra.

 

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