The state government will make efforts to make pharmacy a preferred professional course in the state.
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government will extend all the possible support to the pharma professionals and industry in the state and will take steps to make the Pharmacy courses a preferred choice for the students in the state, Andhra’s Minister for Medical Education and Health and Family Welfare Kondru Murali Mohan said here.
Pharmacy as a profession is regarded as the third in line profession after medicine and engineering and effort is needed to attract more students to take up pharmacy education seriously, he said.
The minister was speaking at, the 51st National Pharmacy Week celebrations that concluded recently here.
Experts from the industry pointed out that though pharmacy courses like B Pharm and M Pharm provide a wide scope of job opportunities and career growth, these professional courses have not yet been able to acquire the intended brand recognition among the students.
They point out that pharmacy education in the state is seriously lagging behind to attract the top meritorious students into its fold; this in turn is impacting on the future growth prospects. Lack of innovative thinking and unavailability of efficient human resources are clear reflections of declining research and development in the field of pharmacy.
The minister urged the young graduates of pharmacy to take up job in the community retail pharmacy profession and help the needy patients by counselling regularly.
He also requested the pharma educational institutions to impart all the best expertise and knowledge to the budding pharmacists so as to make them employable in the industry.
G Dharma Data, President, IPGA, and Dr B Prabha Shankar, honorary Secretary, IPGA stressed on creating more awareness among the public about the role of pharmacist in the healthcare management and even urged them to organise campus recruitment drives in colleges to help young pharmacists get job within the industry.
The event was jointly organised by the Indian Pharmacy Graduates’ Association (IPGA), in association with All India Drugs Control Officers’ Confederation (AIDCOC), the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA), Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) and Organisation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (OPM).