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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2011)

Quality Pharmaceutical Education, Social Responsiveness and Good Education Practices

S. K. Kulkarni

Introduction: Professor Mahadeva Lal Schroff was a great visionary and thinker beyond his times. His education and training in chemistry at Cornell, MIT and other American Universities was a great asset for him to lay the foundation of Pharmacy education at Banaras Hindu University in 1932. He was also instrumental in starting similar degree programmes at Saugar, Pilani and Jadhavpur Universities. I feel extremely honored to deliver this oration in his memory at the 15th Annual Convention of the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI) and pay tributes to the founding father of Pharmaceutical Education in India.
Gross Enrollment Ratio: an Indicator of Human Development
Gross enrollment ratio (GER) is an indicator used by the United Nations to classify countries as Developed, Developing and Underdeveloped, respectively. GER is a general measure of literacy rate, per capita income, access to health services and healthy life expectancy etc. In education sector GER gives a rough indication of the level of education from kindergarten to post graduation. The developed nations like Australia, USA and UK have GER of more than 45% and India has GER of 10-12 per cent. If India has to become a knowledge-based society (a developed nation) by 2020, the GER has to reach 30 per cent. It is an enormous task, considering acute shortage of faulty (40-45% shortage including in technical institutions), lack of modern infrastructure, insufficient government funding and access to technology.
Compelling Times in the Modern History of India
We are living in very compelling times in the modern history of our nation. At the present almost 40% of our population is in the age group of 15 to 40 years. It is predicted that in 2020 the average age of Indian population would be 29 years as compared to Chinese 37 years, American 45 years and European 50 years, respectively. The young generation has new the dreams, aspirations, expectations and political sensitivity. The nation has to gear-up to fulfill hopes and aspirations of young India and provide opportunities to realize this huge population strength in nation building. Any failure in this endeavor would be a demographic disaster.

 

 

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