According to the news, the state pharmacy council of Kerala is geared up to bring resolution to the central committee meeting of Pharmacy council of India (PCI). During this committee meeting, the pharmacy council of Kerala urges the union government to liberate all pharmacy courses from the dual control of two agencies, PCI and AICTE.
The constant arguments are going on over the pharmacy education courses and are not considered as technical programs. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has been given the authority to regulate the standards of degree and pg programs in pharmacy conducted by academic institutions affiliated to various universities.
Under the Pharmacy Act 1948, the Pharmacy Council of India has the statutory power to control the pharmacy education and institutions for registrations and approvals. According to B Rajan, President of Kerala pharmacy council, who brings the resolution into the central committee meeting to be held in New Delhi on September 7, the dual control over pharmacy education by AICTE and PCI creates a hindrance for maintaining quality education all over India.
According to Mr. Rajan “Pharmacy education in the country needs to be improved much as per global standards. So, AICTE ‘s interference in the management of pharmacy education should be done away with for the greater interest of the profession. For this, the central government’s attention is required for suitable amendments in the act eventually to liberate the courses from the clutches of dual control.”
He also feels that “when medical education, nursing and dental courses are free from the clutches of AICTE control, the statutory regulation over pharmacy courses by the technical council in the name of ensuring quality is not fair and unwanted. PCI should become the sole managing authority for pharmacy education programs which are courses in pharmaceutical sciences, not in technical subjects”.
Rajan said AICTE is responsible for the proliferation of private pharmacy colleges throughout the country, and it is granting permission for fresh colleges everywhere though the institutions lack adequate facilities and qualified staff. Resolution copy will be sent to the prime minister and to the HRD minister along with a memorandum, he added.
A recently held meeting of the AICTE has taken some crucial decisions with regard to improvement of quality standards of pharmacy education and steps for strict compliance of regulatory norms by approved colleges.