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Chitkara University organizes a Symposium on “NEP Challenges and Opportunities in Pharmacy Profession”

Published on May 17, 2022

Chitkara University organized a Symposium on “National Education Policy Challenges and Opportunities in Pharmacy Profession” on May 14th, 2022. A panel discussion was organized as a part of the Symposium on the topic ‘Implementation of National Education Policy and Role of Regulatory Bodies in Current Scenario’. The Chief Guest for the event was Dr. Montu Kumar Patel, President, Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi and President, Gujrat State Pharmacy Council Ahmedabad, Gujrat. The Guests of Honour for the event were Sushil Kumar Bansal, President, Punjab State Pharmacy Council and Member, Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi; Dr. Puneet Bansal, Head of Department of Pharmacology School of Health Sciences, Central University of Panjab; Gopal Krishan Sharma, President, Himachal Pradesh State Pharmacy Council; Dr. Rajnish Kumar Goel, Director, IQAC, Former Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Research, Punjabi University, Patiala; Sunil Sudan, President, Pharmacist Association, Jammu & Kashmir and Rohit Kansal, Member, Punjab State Pharmacy Council and Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi.

The event started with introduction and insights on National Education Policy 2020 by Dr. Thakur Gurjeet Singh, Dean, Chitkara College of Pharmacy, Chitkara University, Punjab. This was followed by a portrait of activities being conducted by Chitkara University in line with the National Education Policy 2020 by Dr. Sandhir Sharma, Dean, Chitkara School of Business.

Dr. Montu Kumar Patel, President, Pharmacy Council of India talked about the evolution of education and objectives & outcomes of the National Education Policy 2020. He also mentioned the changes that will be done in the field of pharmaceutical education. These include authorizing Pharm D professionals to have prescription rights, setting up specialized patient counselling/interaction centres, training to students in clinical/ non clinical setting will be the responsibility of the institute, drastic revision in the syllabus of all pharmacy courses keeping views of all stakeholders and industry requirement, more focus on diverted to clinical and practical knowledge, all pharma professional to come under common umbrella of PCI, developing robust and quick registration process, developing online job portal for all pharmacists, problem analysis and quicker resolutions, One Nation One Cadre for Pharmacists and more.

The audience and the guests also witnessed the release of 2 Scopus & Web of Science Indexed books edited by academicians of Chitkara College of Pharmacy. Chitkara University, Punjab felicitated the guests for the day. APTI, Punjab Branch felicitated Chitkara University, Punjab for attaining benchmarks in the field of pharmaceutical education. The closing remarks were given by Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro Chancellor, Chitkara University and she expressed her gratitude to all the guests for making the Symposium a success.

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