Ahmedabad No – Admission’s in 20 Pharmacy Colleges
In Ahmedabad, the Admission Committee for Professional Courses ( ACPC ) has put 20 Pharmacy colleges on the No – Admission List. These colleges had permission to run courses till 2011 – 12 but failed to get further approval for admissions in 2012 – 13.
An official said that these colleges had applied for Pharmacy Council of India for the approval and also paid 1.22 lakh charges. However, the approval was not granted as the PCI found that they were lacking in infrastructure. The PCI found that while some of the colleges had less than mandatory staff, others were had deficiencies like the libraries had few books or the building was not as per the norms.
On following this issues, PCI had pointed out specific problems to the colleges after inspection. The colleges acted upon these deficiencies and even sent reports that action had been taken. However, the PCI has not yet sent approval to any of these colleges, which has rattled the college’s authorities, as well as the ACPA.
ACPC said that since admission process is scheduled to being from first week of July, these colleges have been currently put on – admission list. An official said “If the PCI approval does not come before the process starts, we will not be able to grant admission to students in these colleges”.
This means that the state will stand to lose 1200 odd seats. In all, there are 6,000 pharmacy degree seats in the 91 colleges of the state. If these 20 colleges do not get PCI approval, the students may suffer and colleges may be forced to shut down.
Bright future for Diploma holders in Pharmacy
Did not get into B.Pharmacy course this year? There is no need to despair. For those who are serious about getting into pharmacy courses here are a golden opportunity that could not only provide an immediate job, but also a seat in the B. Pharma course directly into second year. The only drawback, one could say, is that it would take one more year extra to complete the B. Pharm course.
The two – year Diploma in Pharmacy course is offered in 58 colleges all over the State and has an intake of 3,300 students. Of the 58 colleges, 45 are in private sector. The eligibility for getting into Diploma in Pharmacy is intermediate with BPC ( Biology, Physics and Chemistry ) or MPC.
The advantage for a pharmacy diploma holder is that he can directly get into second year B. Pharmacy course as a lateral entrant. Each of the 250 colleges offering B. Pharmacy has reserved six seats in second year to facilitate the lateral entry of the diploma holder. That would mean there are 1,500 seats in B. Pharmacy second year available for lateral entry.
In all, if someone gets into B. Pharmacy directly after intermediate, he would study for next four years, while a diploma holder would have spend two years for diploma and three years for getting the B. Pharmacy degree. Getting into Diploma course would be beneficial to those who look for immediate employment, says M. Venkata Reddy, Member of the Pharmacy Council of India ( PCI ).
He reasons that if students did not get into B. Pharma this year, the student could opt for diploma immediately instead of waiting for one more year to try and get into B. Pharma. The diploma could also get the student immediate jobs in pharma industry as a junior pharmacist or junior chemist in addition to immense potential in self-employment also. The fee for diploma course is 15,000 per annum.
Pharmacy College to come up in Thanjavur
A pharmacy college would be started at Thanjavaur Medical College, this year, to mark the golden jubilee celebrations, said M.R.K. Panneerselvam, Minister for Health.
Speaking at the alumni meet held as part of the celebrations of the college, the Minister said, “Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi announced during the millennium celebrations of the Big Temple that a cancer hospital and a trauma care hospital would come up at the Thanjavur Medical College at 50 crore. Besides, maternity and child care department would be improved at a cost of 8 crore.”
Tamil Nadu stood first in the country in medical education and health services. The state boasts of 17 government medical colleges, while three more colleges would come up in Sivaganga, Tiruvannamalai and Perambalur.
There were eight self-financing medical colleges in the state, the Minister said.
Taking into account the growing popularity of the 108 ambulance service, 260 more ambulances would be inducted. Already 385 ambulances are functioning and nearly 7.5 lakh people have benefited from the service.
About 2,000 babies have been delivered in the ambulances. Now orders have been issued that vehicles can move to adjacent districts during emergencies, the Minister pointed out.
Institutional delivery has also increased in Tamil Nadu. Nearly three lakh babies were delivered in 1,539 primary health centres in the state this year compared to 80,000 in 2005.
About 2,25,000 people have undergone surgeries to the tune of 590 crore under the Kalaignar’s Insurance Scheme for Life Saving Treatment .
In the last four and a half years, 1,200 crore had been allotted for construction of buildings and 600 crore for purchase of new equipment in the health department.
The Minister appealed to the alumni to come forward and donate for the college. He suggested that the college adopt a village and render medical service as is being done by Madras Medical College and Stanley Medical College in Chennai.
S.S. Palani Manickam, Union Minister of State for Finance, urged the alumni to ask their wards, pursuing higher education abroad, to come back to Thanjavur and serve the people.
S.N.M. Ubayathullah, Commercial Taxes Minister, V.K.Subburaj, Health Secretary, said there was a need for seven lakh doctors and 500 government medical colleges in the country.
V.Kanagasabai, Director of Medical Education, V. Varadarajan, President, Thanjavur Medical College Alumni Association, P.Ravishankar, Dean, Thanjavur Medical College, G. Ambujam, Medical Superintendent, Thanjavur Medical College Hospital, C. Gunasekaran, organising chairman of the Alumni Meet and K. Mohan, secretary, spoke.