Dual Regulation of Pharmacy Education May Not Be Helpful

Indeed, even as the pharmacy courses like B-Pharm and Pharm D are being regulated by both the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), some healthcare professionals are of the view that dual regulation may make more harm than advantage to the profession of Pharm D and B Pharmacy.

Prior, the Pharm D (Doctorate in Pharmacy) course, however it was introduced by PCI in India in 2008, it took very nearly 10 years for the AICTE to recognize the course as it has released a formal notice for its recognition recently. With this now all of those Pharm D colleges should go along the PCI regulations as well as need to agree to the technical aspects as mandated by the AICTE.

“In spite of the fact that late but it is a good move by the AICTE to recognize the Pharm D course, as it will allow the colleges and pharmacy experts eligible to get grants from the central government institutions. However having two regulators will make part of inconvenience the colleges as they need to meet the standards of both the institutions,” say specialists from Pharmacy Associations.

Students who seek for 6-year Pharm D course are qualified to get recruited as Clinical Pharmacists in different various hospitals the country over.

However, the state and central governments deliberately delayed its recognition for over 10 years now causing part of inconveniencing the Pharm D professionals.

In any case, at least now with AICTE approaching it has given a hope to the pharmacy professionals that at least now governments will make some sort of a job opportunity for the long waiting professionals.

Dr. Sanjay Reddy, National President of Doctor of Pharmacy Associations opined, “regardless of very few professional openings in hospitals, the Pharm D course is a much south-after program in India. For the Pharm D professionals with no job sources available we had recently organized out an across the country protest a week ago seeking for the adequate creation of clinical pharmacists post in government hospitals. Despite the fact that many leaders in the state and central have approached to extend out their support and promised to notice our requests, we are yet to see the real results from the respective governments”.

Pharmacy professionals are additionally having the ambiguity of dual regulator for the B. Pharmacy and Pharm D courses.

They felt that dual regulator for the pharmacy courses may not be so much helpful as it might cause more harm than the advantage.

“We can’t understand why the AICTE is coming in the way for the pharmacy courses, as it is absolutely a technical body that governs  B.Tech, M.Tech and other technically related courses,” says a Senior Doctor who knows about the issue.

As B. Pharmacy and Pharm D courses are purely health, clinical, pharmacy and hospital-related courses, healthcare, and pharmacy professionals feel it should be absolutely dealt with by PCI.


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