Established in the year 2007, PCTE Institute of Pharmacy is approved by Pharmacy Council of India (PCI, New Delhi), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), duly affiliated to Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar and is offering 4 years Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.) and two years Master of Pharmacy(M Pharm) Pharmaceutics. PCTE Institute of Pharmacy has been designed to be the centre of excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences in India. Pharmacy as academic discipline makes for an inspiring learning experience as it perfectly combines technology and heath care system. The profession of pharmacy has transformed into a nucleus for the ”Global Healthcare” and evolved as a multidisciplinary curriculum.
Some of the main objectives of our Pharmaceutical programs are:–
- To provide excellent education in a stimulating environment where delivery of superb pharmaceutical knowledge is integrated with nationally and internationally recognized research data to enable students to conduct and publish cutting-edge multidisciplinary research in the discovery, utilization and evaluation of therapeutic agents.
- To prepare competent pharmacists at various levels for India.
- To prepare worldwide recognized pharmaceutical scientists.
Pharmaceutical Science basically revolves around 4 branches which are:-
Pharmaceutical Chemistry and analysis:
These are related scientific discipline at the intersection of chemistry and pharmacy dealing with designing and developing pharmaceutical drugs and also with analytical topics that help develop basics about quality management of raw materials and finished pharmaceuticals.
It’s the discipline of pharmacy which deals with all facets of the process of turning a new chemical entity into a medication able to be safely and effectively used by patients in the community.
It’s the study of how chemical substances interact with living systems. The field encompasses study of drug composition, drug properties, interactions, toxicology, & desirable effects that can be used in therapy of diseases. Other subjects, viz., Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology are a prelude to pharmacology helping the students to develop the knowledge of intricate functioning and make up of human body and disease processes.
It’s the study of medicinal products in their crude, or unprepared form. It includes the study of the physical, chemical, biochemical and biological properties of drugs, drug substances as well as the search for new drugs from natural sources.
The college has a strong faculty in different specialization with appropriate academic and research bend of mind. The entire faculty has been drawn from leading Pharmaceutical institutions and corporations from across the country with years of teaching and research experience.
The classroom teaching is supplemented by guest lectures by key persons from various functional areas of research, production and marketing from large and mid sized pharmaceutical companies who interact with our graduates and give them inside information on latest industry trends and happenings in this ever expanding field.
Pharmacy as a Career:
Pharmaceutical science is considered to be an independent branch of science dealing with all aspects of drugs and pharmaceuticals. A pharmacist is an essential link in the physician-patient chain and he is expected to play a key role in the dissemination of pharmaceutical knowledge. Pharmacists play an important role in our daily life and pharmacy as a career option has always been in demand. With the advancements in medical science, most of diseases such as acute respiratory infections, diarrhoea, depression, tuberculosis, measles, anemia etc have been brought under control, with the help of high powerful antibiotics and other life saving drugs. This is where pharmacy steps in to fill the void. Pharmacists study the chemistry of drugs, their origin, procedures for drug development, their preparation, dispensing, their effects and eventual use for prevention and treatment of disease. The complex nature of drug therapy and the dangers of drug abuse have brought into focus the need of pharmacists’ special skills to maintain a rational approach in the kingdom of drug treatments. Pharmacists work in research, processing and manufacture of drugs. Biotechnological research has added a dynamic potential to the work of pharmacists.
Pharmacists must have a scientific bent of mind. In addition, an ability to work systematically, carefully and accurately is needed for work in hospitals, stores, laboratories and shop floors. Sympathetic attitude, caring mannerisms and a friendly disposition are required for dealing with patients. Excellent communication skills are required by pharmacists engaged in marketing and in the production units of industries. Pharmacists in management positions must have effective management skills. In the retail sector, additional skills in merchandising, selling and financial management are required.
Courses in Pharmacy:
After Class 10 + 2 (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics), the study of pharmacy is at the following levels – D Pharm (Diploma courses are of 2 years’ duration), B Pharm (Degree courses of 4 years’ duration), Pharm D (Doctorate in Pharmacy). Students who have passed D. Pharma are also eligible for admission to Pharm D (Doctorate in Pharmacy) course. Pharm. D. programme is a 6 years program during which 5 years is academic session and final year is completely bound to internship in hospital. Pharm. D. (Post Baccalaureate) programme is three years programme with two years of study and one year internship or residency and B.Pharm completed students.
After B Pharm, M Pharma course of 2 years’ duration can be undertaken. B.Pharm and M.Pharm passed candidates can also do Pharm.D by undergoing 3 year course.
Graduates in pharmacy can opt to do postgraduate study in biotechnology, particularly if they aspire to become research scientists. Diploma holders can find work as technicians. Graduate pharmacists can opt for retail and hospital jobs. Postgraduates and Doctorates are selected for research, production, quality control and management positions.
The Prospects of a Pharmacist:
In general, Pharmacists work in four areas such as Hospital pharmacist, Retail pharmacists, Industrial pharmacists, and Research pharmacists.
Diploma holders in Pharmacy can work as a Pharmacist in Govt/Semi Govt/Private Hospitals/ can start their own Medical Store.
Those with B. Pharm degree and above can work as a Medical representative or a medical detailing man/Marketing Managers or a Sales Manager/Drug Inspectors/Drug Controllers/Graduate Pharmacist/Chief Pharmacist/as Lecturers for D. Pharm Colleges and as Lab technicians in B.Pharm / M Pharm Colleges. They are also employed by large hospitals and research centers. There is a demand for pharmacists in western countries also.
Masters in Pharmacy qualified candidates can work as Lecturers for B. Pharm Colleges/ Research Assistant or Research Associate etc in research projects and are eligible for registration to do Ph.D degree in pharmacy.
A number of multinational companies are collaborating with leading Indian companies as well as government labs, thus offering many job options for qualified professionals.