PCI to introduce One Nation One Cadre guideline for pharmacy across the country

At present, the pharmacy profession is not considered an important one by the government.

PCI Pharmacy Council of India

One Nation One Cadre system in order to bring in a standardized format in the pharmacy profession across the country.

It is planning to introduce the new syllabus for various courses by next academic year, said Montu M Patel, president of PCI.

At present, there is no standardized system in the pharmacy profession, and plans are to introduce a One Cadre, One Nation guideline across the country.

The guideline is already ready and will be introduced across the country soon.

“There are different rules and regulations by different states at present, but we have created a guideline, according to which, there will be the positions of junior pharmacists and senior pharmacists, chief pharmacists, and administrators.

We are working on the policy and we will introduce it all over India, through a Gazette of India notification,” he said recently.

The Council has created committees to work on the syllabus of various pharmacy courses, and plans are to introduce the new syllabus by the next academic year.

The Council is looking at introducing new topics such as finance, accounting, management, and others in the syllabus, along with more hands-on training in order to suit the requirements of the industry and community.

The syllabus will have specialization for undergraduate level and super specialization for post-graduate level, with practical, hands-on training in the industry, so that the students will be industry ready from the beginning itself.

The syllabus will have two parts—one is industrial and the second is a clinical pharmacy. Those who want to go to the industry will only study the industrial part of the syllabus, while those who want to go to community pharmacy in the future, have to study only the clinical pharmacy part.

Considering that the Diploma in Pharmacy has vast knowledge in clinical pharmacy, the PCI is planning to use the course to develop more skills in community pharmacy, he added.

It is expected to conduct Exit Exams for diploma students in September, this year, for quality improvement of the students.

In the syllabus change, if the college is offering a diploma or undergraduate course, the college has to adopt 10 villages in the nearby area.

One student should adopt a minimum of 10 houses, keeping all medical records. Our main motto is to keep the adverse drug reaction reporting, side effects, and others.

“This year, we will come up with a policy on how to introduce the system,” he said. There are 3,500 colleges and 9,000 courses, with around four lakh pharmacists passing out of college every year.

For UG and diploma courses, you have to adopt a minimum of 10 villages and one student in a minimum of 10 houses. You have to maintain records and send them to the State government and the PCI, and the PCI will give the data to the Central government.

“There will be a huge database generated by the PCI and the state council and our stakeholders.” At present, the pharmacy profession is not considered an important one by the government.

This move is part of our thinking on how we can bring ourselves to the fore as important. The Central and state governments have no manpower to create and keep such an extent of records in a proper way. We will introduce this system,” said Patel.

Besides, the colleges that are running undergraduate or postgraduate courses have to sign an MoU with a minimum of 10 industries, so that the students can be sent for practical training by the industry. For diploma courses, the colleges need to tie up with a minimum of 10 hospitals for hands-on training.

He also warned the colleges not to submit any fake certificates to the PCI. PCI will file an FIR against the college management and principal if they file a fake certificate.

This year, if any inspector gives a fake report, document, or information in the inspection record, we will take legal action against the inspector, if they submit fake documents, cancel their registration with the state council and debar from the faculty portal of PCI.

After taking charge in April this year, Patel said that he had to address various issues including the teachers’ salary issues, issues with student registration, recognition of pharmacists, apart from the challenges in preparing a new syllabus, and others.

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