Even though pharmacy colleges in India are producing large number of pharmacy graduates and post graduates every year, only 15 to 20 per cent of them are capable for taking up a career in industry.
More than 80 per cent of the qualified pharmacists are unfit for the jobs in various segments in the manufacturing industry, said Dr K P R Chowdhari, research director, Vikas Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh.
He was delivering a speech on the subject ‘Need of Industry-Academia Interaction in Pharmacy Education’ in a seminar conducted as part of Madhya Pradesh IPA Conclave in Indore.
Quoting a study conducted by his research institute, he said most of the students coming out of all the pharmacy institutes are unfit for industry professions and they need to have years of training to reach a fitting level. A number of students lack skill needed for the industry. The only source to solve this issue is to revise the syllabus conducive to industrial professional standards. The universities and Pharmacy Council of India should look into this matter, he said adding that some deemed universities are doing well in this case.
Dr Chowdhari said in order to increase the quality of education, as a first step, the teachers need to be trained. The quality of all pharmacy teachers are declining because of lack of seriousness. Unless they are trained, it is difficult to improve the quality of education. So, the competence of teachers must be enhanced. The pharmacy teachers of today are not reading books and not motivating the students to read standard books on pharmacy. For examination purpose the students depend on the websites and somehow clear the exams. The standard of education is declining alarmingly.
“There is competition in the universal level. The Pharmacy Council of India has introduced international programme on pharmacy, Pharm D. Unless the students are not encouraged for reading standard books and visit libraries for reference, they cannot survive international competitions. For this, the teachers must also be trained. Accountability is needed on the part of students and teachers. Only a research based education is the solution,” he pointed out.
A student of pharmacy should be inculcate the habit of training for patentable research. This is happening in industry only. Only a research based education can do it. The quality of education can be increased through innovation, creativity and regular monitoring. Government is providing excellent support for research.
He suggested that each college should have industry association so that the students can get industrial training easily. Skilled personnel from the industry should come to the college and interact with the students. The students need to create new knowledge in pharmacy. They should also have the ability to put knowledge into practice.
According to him, only two per cent of the1200 pharmacy colleges in India have association with industry. If the quality of education and the career scopes are to be enhanced, all the institutes have to develop an industry – institute relation, said Dr Chowdhari.
Dr Sanjay Jain, chairman, Industry-Academia Division of MP-IPA presided at the session.