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PCI’s response cannot be taken as bona fide as it misleads pharmacy professionals: AIDPA

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The All India Defence Pharmacist Association (AIDPA) has alleged that the statement made by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) over the association’s demand for upgrading the minimum qualification of pharmacists to degree level is not a bona fide response as it seems to be merely illogical, subversive and intended to mislead the common man and the pharmacy professionals.

The council is always taking an evasive stand on the legitimate demand of the pharmacists working in the government sector citing various reasons. Because of this inhospitable attitude of the council towards the justifiable demands made by government pharmacists, they are losing all options for promotions and increments. This kind of attitude of the PCI is quite unacceptable and groundless to exist, says R Harishankar, president of the AIDPA.
By turning down the remark made by the PCI president that the graduate pharmacists are averse to taking up pharmacy profession at community level due to poor wages, Harishankar said the statement is factually incorrect and cannot be accepted. He said in his state of Telengana and in other parts of the country, degree holders in pharmacy working in community pharmacies for a monthly wage of Rs. 15,000 are aplenty.
He said as long as D Pharm continues to be the basic qualification for pharmacists, graduate pharmacists will not get due recognition in the healthcare sector. The president of the AIDPA, who is working in the Ordnance Factory Medak Hospital in Telengana, said PCI must immediately take steps to do away with the two year diploma course and upgrade the basic qualification with three year diploma or degree.
“It is the moral responsibility of the PCI to uphold the morale of the pharmacy professionals and help them scale up to the level of the global pharmacy workforce by updating the developments in the field of pharmacy. To reach this goal the pharmacy education in the country has to be made on par with international standards and levels. So, it is imperative to stop running the D Pharm course or get it stopped in a phased manner,” said Harishankar in response to the PCI president’s comments.

While talking to Pharmabiz, Harishankar commented that from the views of the PCI president the pharmacy professionals and their supporters may be getting the idea that the council is skillfully shirking from its ethical responsibility to safeguard the professionals and from its statutory obligation to ensure uniform recruitment and service rules throughout the country. Whereas the pharmacy act is applicable to the breadth and length of the country, all the administrative ministries whether they are central or state have to adopt the provisions invariably. He said if the basic qualification criterion for pharmacists is amended to B Pharm or three years diploma and two years experience, pharmacists will get equal pay scale and benefits commensurate with other technical employees having three year diploma.

According to AIDPA, PCI must learn lessons of service rules and employees’ benefits from MCI and NCI.


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Vijay Govind rao Tribhuwan Nov 7, 2020 12:04 PM
Augustine P P Nov 3, 2020 11:53 AM
The main draw back of the demands of Government Pharmacist organisation is that it is based on their pay structure and promotion scope. So they are not thinking about the shortcomings of Indian Pharmacy education system.At present there are three basic qualification approved by PCI eligible for registration. They are D.Pharm, B. Pharm and Pharm .D. Therefore it is highly injustice to fix any single qualification as eligible for appointment in government service. It is more rational and just if all the three qualifications are approved for appointment as in the case of Nurses. It more appropriate if all Government Pharmacists organizations may start a country wide movement to persuade the PCI to appoint a National Commission to study the problems of our Pharmacy Education and suggest solutions.
Mohammad Umer Khan Nov 3, 2020 10:29 AM
It is the worst ever narrow thinking of AIDPA, They want to snatch the jobs and make thousands of people unemployed for their benefit of Pay/salaries. The AIDPA must consider the population and the area of our country then talk about Pakistan and Bangladesh for their copy.
Mir Shabir Nov 3, 2020 9:28 AM
It is selfishness of pharma graduates that they are misleading the PCI. There are thousands of Diploma holders thrice times more than pharma graduates existing now. . Pharma graduates trying to trespass the carrier of diploma holders who hardly manage to get this diploma to earn bread and butter, but alas they will never success in it. It is not only the matter of thousands of diploma hoder students but also about their families, which may be living very hard life..
Kolanchiyappan Nov 3, 2020 9:10 AM
Please close all diploma in pharmacy course.it is waste course.
Now all medical shops working even no qualification.In my 34 experience please stop diploma in pharmacy course
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