A Suggested Change for M.Pharm. Programme

V.K. Kapoor

A number of private institution running pharmacy courses such as D.Pharm. and B.Pharm. have recently been sanctioned to run M.Pharm. courses in different disciplines. Some of the sanctioned institutions which are running M.Pharm. degree course, do not have adequate infrastructure facility to run efficiently B.Pharm. degree course. The liberal sanction, ostensibly granted is to meet the overall deficiency of teaching faculty in private pharmacy institution. That issue apart, I wish to attract the attention of pharmaceutical educationists on a different facet of postgraduate educational programme in pharmacy.
The private pharmacy institutions are invariably affiliated to the respective Technical University of each state. The academic programme generally prescribed is of four semesters (2 years) duration. The first two semesters are devoted to teaching of theory papers (four) and conduct of practicals. The last two semesters (III and IV) are devoted to conduct a research programme. Each of the students of III Semester is given a research project by the allotted guide to carry out scientific investigation on an allocated research project for one year. Research is a fascinating term the real measuring of which is understood neither by the students nor by the so-appointed research guides. Unfortunately, there has been overemphasis on the research activity to be conducted in pharmacy institutions by the peer educationists, at the detriment of good and effective teaching. The outcome of the conduct of research in pharmacy institution has been evaluated and commented upon in a very poor light. However, the obsession exists.


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