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Career in PHARMACY
— Abhinay Kumar Sharma
THERE ARE MORE THAN 150 PREMIER INSTITUTES AND UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY OFFERING UNDERGRADUATE, POSTGRADUATE AND DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES. SEEING THE SCOPE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF PHARMACY THE UNION MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE, GOVT. OF INDIA CONSTITUTED A STATUTORY BODY "PHARMACY COUNCIL OF INDIA" UNDER THE PHARMACY ACT 1948. THIS COUNCIL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PRESCRIPTION, REGULATION AND MAINTENANCE OF MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE TRAINING OF PHARMACIST AND THEIR REGISTRATION THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THE COUNCIL PRESCRIBES SYLLABUS RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR DIPLOMA, GRADUATE, POSTGRADUATE COURSES.
COURSES : TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN PHARMACY AN ASPIRANT AFTER 12TH CAN OPT FOR D. PHARMA OR B.PHARMA. EITHER WITH PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY AND MATHEMATICS OR WITH PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY BOTH STREAM OF STUDENTS CAN JOIN ABOVE COURSES. IN INDIA PHARMACY EDUCATION IS A TWO-TIER SYSTEM. D. ¬ PHARMA, A BASIC AND DIPLOMA COURSE IN PHARMACY IS OF TWO YEAR WHILE, B. PHARMA IS A FOUR YEAR DEGREE COURSE IN PHARMACY. AFTER COMPLETING D. PHARMA ONE MAY DIRECTLY TAKE ADMISSION IN B.PHARMA ON THE BASIS OF LATERAL ENTRY. ADMISSION TO THESE COURSES ARE DONE BY MERIT OBTAINED IN THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS WHICH ARE CONDUCTED ALONG WITH VARIOUS MEDICAL COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS IN MOST STATES AND UNIVERSITIES OR SEPARATELY. NOTIFICATIONS FOR THESE COURSES COMES ALONG WITH MEDICAL OR OTHER ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS OR SEPARATELY IN MAY/JUNE OF EVERY YEAR. SOME INSTITUTIONS/ UNIVERSITIES AND THEIR AFFILIATED COLLEGES ALSO HAVE SELECTION ON THE BASIS OF MARKS OBTAINED IN QUALIFYING BOARD EXAMINATIONS. AFTER B. PHARMA ONE MAY ENTER INTO HIGHER EDUCATION AS M.PHARMA FOR SPECIALIZATION. PRESENTLY THERE ARE ABOUT EIGHT SPECIALIZATIONS AVAILABLE IN VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS/ UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AFTER M.PHARMA ONE MAY REGISTERED HIMSELF/HERSELF FOR PH.D OR POST-DOCTORAL DEGREE IN SOME PREMIER INSTITUTES, UNIVERSITIES OR ABROAD.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES : THE DISCIPLINE OF PHARMACY HAS A GOOD FUTURE, OFFERING WIDE RANGE OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH AN EXCELLENT SALARY. ONLY WITH AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE ONE MAY EASILY ENTER INTO PHARMACEUTICAL ASSOCIATED JOBS AS DESCRIBED BELOW. HOWEVER, ONE CAN TAKE UP TEACHING/RESEARCH AS A CAREER WITH M. PHARMA AND PH.D DEGREE ONLY.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES POTENTIAL EMPLOYER JOB DESCRIPTION
Institutional/Hospital Pharmacy :

• PHARMACIST ?PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ?MONITOR DRUG THERAPY,
HOSPITAL PREPARE IV ADMIXTURE,
OVERSEE DRUG ADMIN.
• COORDINATOR • MNCS ACCESS PATIENTS COMPLETE RECORD INCLUDING LAB TEST AND DIAGNOSTIC INFORMATION. • HEALTH INSPECTOR • UNIVERSITIES/ • IMPORTANT ROLE IN INSTITUTIONS NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT, PAIN MANAGEMENT HOME CARE. • DRUG INSPECTOR • LEADING NGOS • PREPARING PRESCRIPTION TO PATIENTS. • TECHNICIAN • CHEMICAL / DRUG • ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYSIS LAB. FUNCTIONS LIKE PURCHASING AND MEETING ARRANGEMENT.• RESEARCH OFFICER • PATHOLOGICAL LAB. • R&D • SCIENTIST • CHARITABLE TRUSTS • BIO-TECH INDUSTRIES

INSTITUTIONS OFFERING COURSE
BIHAR
2. MUZAFFARPUR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MUZAFFARPUR B. PHARMA
3. BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, RANCHI B. PHARMA
M. PHARMA
4. BIHAR COLLEGE OF PHARMACY, PATNA B. PHARMA
WEST BENGAL
5. JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY, DEPT. OF PHARMACY B. PHARMA
6. K. L. E. SOCIETY'S COLLEGE OF PHARMACY, HUBLI B. PHARMA
Madhya Pradesh
12. COLLEGE OF PHARMACY, SGSITS CAMPUS, LNDORE B. PHARMA
M. PHARMA
13. DR. HARISING GOUR VISHWAVIDYALAYA, DEPT. B. PHARMA
OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCE, SAGAR M. PHARMA
14. VIKRAM UNIVERSITY, B. R. NAHATA COLLEGE OF B. PHARMA
PHARMACY, MANDSAUR M. PHARMA
DELHI
15 COLLEGE OF PHARMACY, MEHRAULI BADARPUR B. PHARMA
ROAD, NEW DELHI M. PHARMA
16. JAMIA HAMADARD UNIVERSITY, DEPT. OF B. PHARMA
PHARMACY, NEW DELHI M. PHARMA
17. DELHI UNIVERSITY, DELHI B. PHARMA
UTTAR PRADESH
18. DEPT. OF PHARMACEUTICS, INSTITUTE OF B. PHARMA,
TECHNOLOGY, BHU M. PHARMA
19. DEPT. OF PHARMACY, ALLAHABAD B. PHARMA,
UNIVERSITY, ALLAHABAD M. PHARMA
20. DEPT. OF PHARMACY, AMU, ALIGARH B. PHARMA,
M. PHARMA
21. DEPT. OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCE, AGRA B. PHARMA,
UNIVERSITY, AGRA M. PHARMA
UTTARANCHAL
22. BHAGABAN SINGH INSTITUTE OF PHARMACY, B. PHARMA
DEHRADUN
Haryana
24. HINDU COLLEGE OF PHARMACY, SONEPAT B. PHARMA
25. JAMBESHWAR UNIVERSITY, DEPT. OF B. PHARMA
PHARMACY, HISSAR
CHANDIGARH
¬26. INSTITUTE OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCE, B. PHARMA
PUNJAB UNIVERSITY CHANDIGARH M. PHARMA
27. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHARMACEUTICAL EDUCATION, B. PHARMA,
MOHALI, PUNJAB M. PHARMA
THE LIST IS INDICATIVE.
— (THE AUTHOR IS A FREELANCE JOURNALIST BASED IN BAREILLEY.)

 

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