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Concern over quality of pharmacy education

By Our Special Correspondent

HUBLI Oct. 16. R.S. Gaud, President of the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI), has expressed concern over the quality of pharmacy education in the country.

Talking to presspersons on the eve of the two-day national convention of APTI which begins here on Friday, Prof. Gaud said that though diploma, degree, and postgraduate education in pharmacy was satisfactory, quality needed to be improved.

Prof. Gaud said the AICTE pay-scales were not being implemented and a health-related curriculum was yet to come into force as a result of which the patient care system was being damaged. There was hardly any awareness on the facilities available for promoting research, industry interaction, quality improvement and modernisation, and faculty development programmes. This, he said, was adversely affecting the growth of pharmacy education.

Prof. Gaud predicted a change in the scenario of the availability of jobs in the sector with 55 per cent available in the industry, 30 per cent in higher education, and three per cent in healthcare.

The requirement of professionals in community and clinical pharmacy was bound to increase and this challenge was required to be met by changing the basic approach to pharmacy education.

He noted that despite a number of programmes started by the AICTE to promote quality education, very few institutions were taking advantage of it. The managements must concentrate on developing infrastructure and offer AICTE pay-scales. The convention will focus on `Self-regulation and professional standards in pharmacy education'.

Prof. Gaud and V.I. Hukkeri, who heads the organising committee said that around 500 delegates and 200 associate members were expected to attend the meet which is being held for the second time in Karnataka.

Awards will be presented and oration lectures delivered.

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