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After B.Pharm.



RIGHT MEDICINE: The pharmaceutical industry will require highly qualified professionals.

I am a B.Pharm. degree holder who has just passed out of college. Please let me know about the higher study options that I should consider for bettering my career.

RAMESH KUMAR,

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Several higher study options are there for meritorious pharmacy graduates. Those who have qualified in GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) or the IIM-CAT (Common Admission Test of the Indian Institutes of Management) can go for M.Pharm. or MBA programmes.

Those with top scores in CAT can join postgraduate programmes in management conducted by leading business schools, such as the IIMs.

The two-year M.Pharm. course provides several specialisation options: pharmaceutics; pharmaceutical chemistry; pharmacology; pharamacognosy; industrial pharmacy; pharmacy practice; pharma marketing and management; pharmaceutical analysis; quality assurance; clinical pharmacy; pharmaceutical biotechnology; bulk drugs; and so on.

NIPER courses

The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), SAS Nagar, Mohali - 160 062, Punjab ( www.niper.nic.in), offers excellent higher study facilities for meritorious pharmacy graduates. Specialised subjects available here for MS (Pharm) programmes are medical chemistry, natural products, pharmaceutical analysis, pharmacology and toxicology, pharmaceutics, biotechnology and pharmacoinformatics.

NIPER’s other programmes include M.Pharm. in pharmaceutical technology (formulations) and pharmacy practice; M.Tech. (Pharm) in pharmaceutical technology (bulk drugs); and MBA (Pharm) in pharmaceutical management.

Pharmacy graduates with 60 per cent marks are eligible to apply for these programmes. Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students require only 55 per cent marks and physically challenged students 50 per cent marks. Applicants should qualify in GATE/NET. Admission is based on a national-level entrance test, group discussion and personal interview. NIPER offers doctoral programmes for meritorious Master’s degree holders. For details, visit the web site.

Other centres

In Kerala, the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, provides study facilities for M.Pharm. in pharmaceutical analysis; pharmacognosy and phytochemistry; pharmaceutics; pharmacology; pharmacy practice; and pharmaceutical chemistry. There are 26 seats. Those who have passed B.Pharm. with 50 per cent marks in all four years of the course taken together are eligible for admission. Selection is through the M.Pharm. entrance examinations conducted by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations. The annual tuition fee is Rs. 16,000. For details, visit www.cee-kerala.org

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cheruvandoor, under the School of Medical Education, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, offers a self-financing M.Pharm. course. The number of seats is five. Entry qualification is B.Pharm. with not less than 60 per cent marks during all four years of the course. SC/ST students will get relaxation in marks.

A merit list will be prepared on the basis of B.Pharm. marks and valid GATE scores with equal weightage. Graduates without the score will be considered if GATE-qualified applicants are not there. Details can be had from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Cheruvandoor, Ettumannoor- 686 631, Kottayam.

The College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka - 576 119, under Manipal University, offers M.Pharm. in pharmaceutics; pharmaceutical chemistry; pharmacognosy; pharmacology; pharmaceutical marketing; pharmacy administration; pharmacy practice; pharmaceutical quality assurance; and pharmaceutical biotechnology. Entry qualification is B.Pharm. with 55 per cent aggregate marks.

The Goa College of Pharmacy, Panaji, conducts M.Pharm. in quality assurance and pharmacology. Those who possess B.Pharm. with 55 per cent marks and GATE scores are eligible for admission.

Some other colleges offering M.Pharm. courses are the following.

•Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy, Bangalore - 560 027

•Sri Rama Krishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Coimbatore - 641 044.

•University Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar - 608 002.

•Sri Rama Chandra Medical College and Research Institute (Deemed University), Porur, Chennai - 600 116.

•Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi - 835 215.

•Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagpur University, Nagpur – 440 010.

MBA

MBA Pharma is an industry-specific course designed to groom pharmaceutical management professionals. Since pharmaceuticals is one of the high growth industries, it requires trained professional pharmaceutical management manpower. The demand for such professionals is on the rise.

MBA Pharma is one of the best higher study options for pharmacy graduates. NIPER is a prominent centre providing full-fledged facilities for higher education in pharmaceuticals, including management research. NIPER conducts a two-year MBA course in pharmaceutical management.

The number of seats is 29 and the entry qualification is B.Pharm., B.Tech. or BE in chemical engineering; or M.Sc. in chemical or life sciences with 60 percent marks.

GOPAKUMAR KARAKONAM

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