PCI extends last date for approval process for Pharmacy Colleges

PCI Pharmacy Council of India

Last Updated on December 31, 2023 by The Health Master

Pharmacy Colleges

In a significant development, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has announced that the Supreme Court has extended the deadline for the approval process of existing pharmacy colleges.

This extension, granted in response to a request from the Council, holds paramount importance for approximately four lakh students whose academic careers hang in the balance.

Extension of Pharmacy Colleges

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The division bench of the Apex Court, comprising Justice B R Gavai and Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra, acknowledged the gravity of the situation and stated, “Though normally we would not have entertained the application for extension of pharmacy colleges, however, taking into consideration that the careers of about four lakh students are at stake, by way of last opportunity, we are inclined to allow the application.”

  1. Approval Process Deadline: The last date for completion of the approval process for existing pharmacy colleges has been extended up to the end of October 2023.
  2. Appeal Process Deadline: The deadline for the appeal process has been extended until the end of November 2023.

Council’s Application

The PCI had filed an application seeking an extension of the approval process deadline until October 31, 2023, and the appeals and compliances process until November 30, 2023, for the academic year 2023–24. The Court, in a pivotal decision, granted this request.

Other Requests Granted

  1. The Center had requested an extension of the cut-off date for granting affiliation until September 15, 2023, for applicant technical institutions and courses approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for the academic year 2023–24. This request was duly granted by the court.
  2. A request was made to extend or relax the cut-off dates specified in an order dated March 24, 2023, for affiliation and completion of the admissions process by applicant universities to AICTE and CoA-approved courses and colleges by a reasonable time. This request was also approved.

Impact on the Counseling Period

The Court emphasized that the period for counseling would be extended by an additional month.

Background and Prior Extension

In July of the current year, the PCI had previously announced an extension of the time limit for the completion of the approval and appeal processes for existing colleges for the academic year 2023–24. This extension was granted following approval from the Supreme Court.

Application Process Timeline

The Council initiated the approval process for existing colleges to conduct academic sessions for the years 2023–24, inviting applications through its website in early February.

Notably, colleges were informed on February 2, 2023, about the opening of the Council’s portal for various applications related to approval continuation, new course introductions, admission increments, and other services.

  1. The last date for the submission of applications was initially set for February 27, with colleges urged to file their details well in advance to prevent server congestion towards the end of the timeline.
  2. The application process adhered to the directives outlined in the case of Parshvanath Charitable Trust vs. All India Council for Technology Education and Others, a dispute filed in 2012.

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