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B Pharm & D Pharm holders in AP annoyed over inordinate delay in registration by APPC

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Friday, November 6, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The B Pharm and D Pharm holders in Andhra Pradesh are having a trying time as there is inordinate delay in the process of certificate registration by the office of the Andhra Pradesh Pharmacy Council (APPC) which is located in Guntur.
In addition to the fresh applicants, the community pharmacists also hover around the council office for renewal purposes or at least getting back the original documents they furnished for renewing their certificates. According to students and pharmacists, because of the inordinate delay in the process, freshers are unable to find a space in the pharmacy professional sector and the working pharmacists encounter many problems for not getting renewed.
Office-bearers of the Pharmacy Association of Andhra Pradesh (PAAP), an organization of ten thousand registered pharmacists, have recently met the registrar of the council and apprised him of the issues they face in getting their certificates registered. According to Lukka Naresh, vice-president of the PAAP, the registrar on being informed of the issue cites the reason that for considering fresh applications the original certificates need to be sent to the colleges to affirm whether the applicant had studied there as a regular student. This process of verification takes a period of six month to one year, which in turn delays the future plans of the students.
Naresh said unlike other state councils, the APPC wants 12 documents for the purpose of registration. Apart from the original degree certificate, the council mandates for furnishing the originals of provisional certificates, consolidated marks memo, original mark sheet, study certificate form colleges, transfer certificates (TC), copy of PCI approval of the colleges they studied, copies of SSC and Plus 2, copy of Aadhaar Card, passport size photo and a notary affidavit. For renewals, a working/service certificate is also required. According to him, APPC wants all these proofs when the neighboring SPCs require only four or five documents.

Recently, the PCI sent one circular to all the SPCs asking them to verify the students’ data with the institutions or universities before getting the certificates registered with the councils as there was a report of bogus certificates produced by some applicants. L N Raju, president of the PAAP and a working pharmacist at Sreekakulam said this process of verification takes more than six months, hence the registration process is delayed. He wanted the APPC to convert the verification process online rather than sending the certificates by post or by courier services.

Y Uday Bhaskar, general secretary of the pharmacy association, said except one or two cases, no registration or renewal was held in the APPC after December 2019.

Aggrieved students allege that further to the delay being made by the council in the registration process, they are treated unfairly by the council officials including the Registrar. The phone calls of the students and the pharmacists are also not attended to by the council office staff. The council’s website displays three numbers including one mobile number. Pharmabiz has also tried all the numbers several times, but nobody attended to the calls. However, the busy tone was felt occasionally which meant that somebody was making outgoing calls from the office phones. As per the office website, the office functions until 5 pm every day.

When Pharmabiz contacted a member of the APPC, who also happens to be a member of the PCI, he said no council meeting was held for the last two years and he does not know what is going on there at the SPC. All the members of the council are nominated by the government as no election was held after the council was constituted in 2015 following the bifurcation of the state.


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Avinash Dec 29, 2020 10:34 PM
Its already 20 days back i applied for renewal online on http://appharmacycouncil.gov.in. But I didn't get any update on my renewal. Friends please let me know how long it may take for renewal of PCI. Please guide me if it is worth attending the Guntur office personally to check the status (No one is picking up the call on the numbers provided in Website.
margadarsi Nov 8, 2020 6:13 PM
NARESH LUKKA Nov 6, 2020 12:15 PM
Thanks for presenting the issue of Appc. Hope Govt of Ap will take steps for solution. We were thank ful to pharma biz for this article.
Naresh Lukka
State vice president
Pharmacy Association of Andhrapradesh
Y Udaya Bhaskar Nov 6, 2020 9:34 AM
Y Uday Bhaskar,
I’m Secretary only... I’m Not General secretary.only renewal issues but cases are yes or not, but I don’t know clearly sir...

Please contact Lukka Naresh, +91 94943 99038
Santamani Nov 6, 2020 8:46 AM
I have 12 years exp In pharamcy department. If any hospital relative job pls contact me

Thanking you
Koteshwar rao Nov 6, 2020 8:37 AM
A retired drugs control man is heading it because there is no unity among pharmacists , people are getting harassed.. very bad situation
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