Will help students practice in US as registered pharmacists
In A first,the Pharmacy Council of India has approved a city-based private college to start a six-year integrated course in Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm D). This will be the only college in the western region to start a course to help graduates practice as registered pharmacist in any foreign country.
The Parul Arogya Trust Mandal-run college has received an approval of 30 seats in the undergraduate level and 10 seats at the PG level for its course beginning August.
This integrated course has a dual entry system. Students who have completed HSC can take up a six-year degree course till PhD,or students can enter at the postgraduate level for a three-year course. PCI has designed this course especially to allow graduates easily practice in the US as registered pharmacists. Under the new US rules,a five year educational qualification after Class XII is recognised. But pharmacy students from the state could not apply there as we have a four-year course, said Devanshu Patel,managing trustee of Parul Institute.
Over 10 colleges across India have been given permission to run the course.
In addition,the institute has also received additional 126 seats for post graduate course of Pharmacy (M. Pharm).
Incidentally,while AICTE has reduced the number of seats in government engineering colleges in Gujarat,the contrary has been the case for private colleges. Parul Institute has been sanctioned 420 additional seats in its various engineering degree courses,which are affiliated to Gujarat Technological University.