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NO more Pharmacy colleges from 2020: Pharmacy Council of India imposes 5 year BAN

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New Delhi: Concerned with the mushrooming of pharmacy colleges in the country and fewer job opportunities for D Pharma and B Pharma passouts, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has imposed a moratorium on the opening of new pharmacy colleges for a period of 5 years starting 2020-21.

The PCI authorities took this decision noting the availability of sufficient qualified pharmacist workforce as compared with the present population, rapid increase in the number of pharmacy colleges leading to a shortage of trained and qualified teaching faculty which may affect the quality of education imparted to students.

The abovementioned factors are drastically affecting the job prospects of pharmacists who are failing to get reasonably paid job opportunities in public as well in the private sector.

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The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is a statutory body working under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Government of India. It is constituted under the Pharmacy Act, 1948 to regulate the pharmacy education and practice of’ profession in the country by prescribing the minimum standard of education required for qualification for registration as a pharmacist.

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At present, the following courses in pharmacy are being approved by the PCI u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act. 1948.

 

Name of the Course  

Duration of the

course (Years)

Admission Qualification
Diploma in Pharmacy

(D.Pharm)

2 yrs

500hrs practical training

–   10+2 science academic stream with Physics, Chemistry. Mathematics or Biology.
Bachelor oF pharmacy

(B.Pham )

4yrs –   10+2     science     academic   stream   with Physics, Chemistry,    Mathematics  or

 

 

•  Diploma  In  Pharmacy from PCI approved institutions.

 

Name of the Course Duration of the

course (Years)

Admission Qualification
Bachelor of Pharmacy

(practice)

2yrs. –    D.Pharm          from       PCI        approved

– Registered pharmacist with 4 yrs. Pharmacy Practice experience in community or hospital.

Doctor of Pharmacy

(Pharm D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 yrs. –     10+2 science academic. stream with Physics, Chemistry,  Mathematics or biology.

 

–       Diploma in pharmacy from PCI approved institution.

(Specialization) 2yrs. – B.pharm

During the 1O6″ Central Council meeting of the PCI held on 9* & 10″ April, 20 I9, a concern was expressed about the mushrooming of pharmacy colleges in the country. The issue was thread barely deliberated. lt was noted that –

1. There are approximately 1,985 D Pharma and 1,439 B Pharma institutes in the country.  The annual intake Of students in these institutes (both D Pharma at B Pharma) is 2,19,279

2. This available workforce is enough to meet the current pharmacist-to-population needs of’ the country.

3. The rapid increase in the number of pharmacy colleges over the last decade may result in a shortage of trained and qualified teaching faculty which may affect the quality of education imparted to students.

4. The pass out students are not getting reasonably paid job opportunities in public as well in the private sector.

Given this scenario, the Pharmacy council of India passed the following resolution

“Taking into consideration the availability of sufficient qualified pharmacist workforce, the house unanimously resolved to put a moratorium on the opening of new pharmacy colleges for running diploma as well as Degree course in pharmacy for a period of five years beginning from the academic year  2020-2021. This moratorium shall not be applicable in the North Eastern region of the country where there is a shortage of pharmacy colleges.”

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  1. What is the need,MCI has been replaced,and selected persons has been appointed,and there will be no problem in getting suitable changes in rule and regulations for setting new medical colleges,which was a nightmare till date because of MCI,so more profitable business

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