Last Updated on September 29, 2021 by The Health Master
For facilitating the students of pharmacies for practical training in industrial units, the academic community in Tripura is chalking out a new strategy to work out from next year.
The faculties hope that their attempt will solve the burning problem of practical training required for students of degree course (B Pharm) in the institutions in north east.
At present, students from Tripura and other states in the north east are depending on pharma hubs in north India for training purposes, and on completion of their course, they prefer to work in companies in north India. Very few students are attending manufacturing units in West Bengal for training.
As per the strategy, the faculties of the government and private institutions in Tripura will jointly approach the government for discussion with their counterpart in Sikkim for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with industrial association for practical training and internship in the industrial units in the north eastern border state.
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Prior to this, the academicians in Tripura will form a forum of faculty members of all pharmacy institutes in the north east to promote pharmacy education and help students to find placements in industries located in the area, says Dr. Shantanu Mallik, academic faculty and coordinator for students training in Tripura.
In a telephone talk with Pharmabiz after celebration of the World Pharmacist Day on September 25, Dr Mallik said the border state of Sikkim has now become the pharma hub of the north east where more than 50 companies are operating. Out of this, 13 companies have their own manufacturing plants.
With the operation of multinational companies in Gangtok, students as well as the institutions face no challenges for training or placements after completion of their course. Further, the pharma sector in Assam is also growing with establishment of manufacturing and marketing companies.
Other states in the area, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Meghalaya are also considering attracting investors from other states to set up manufacturing units. In another three to four years, the entire north east will have multiple numbers of pharma and medical devices companies, says Dr. Mallik.
“The students on completion of their course can either work in the manufacturing units or in some contract manufacturing firms. We will give training in such a way that will equip them to become efficient and strong entrepreneurs in future.
The major challenge or hurdle, till date, for flourishing pharmacy institutions in the north east part of India was due to lack of industry and that issue is going to be resolved very soon.
The progress in the pharma sector will not only solve the academic part, but also help for placements in big companies. Compared with the excise duty-free zones in Uttharakhand and Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim is the most attractive and those manufacturers who have migrated to Gangtok from Buddy and other places are big players. This gives freshers a chance to start a job in big companies or MNCs,” he told Pharmabiz.
Further, Dr. Mallik pointed out that the transit railway connectivity, Indo-Bangla railway project, will help for easy transportation of goods from Kolkata to Tripura and from there to other places. He said next year, two more institutions will start their academic activities in Tripura.