Pharmacy is the paramedical branch that fulfils one of the most basic needs of mankind that is alleviating suffering due to ill health by supplying safe effective and authentic medicines and guiding the people to adopt healthy life style in order to maintain good health. Pharmacist is responsible for dispensing, storage and manufacturing of drugs.
Apart from this, it also offers clinical services like counselling the patient about the correct use, dosages, side effects and adverse drug reaction of the drugs and assist them in the treatment of poisoning. He also makes them aware about deadly diseases like AIDS, Cancer, Hepatitis and helps in their prevention and early detection. It is the pharmacist, who first of all becomes aware of an epidemic of infectious disease in a community. Thus pharmacy is a centre of community health and contributes a great deal to preventive and social medicine. It acts as a drug information centre providing a link between the physician and the patient. The importance of Pharmacy is evident from the fact that even a skilled physician is dependent on pharmacist for the supply of pure and effective medicines to cure the patient.
Pharmacy deptt was founded in 1987 and since then, it is doing sincere efforts towards building the healthy career of diploma holders in the field of pharmacy. The deptt is well equipped with various laboratories. It has highly qualified and experienced staff. Presently, the intake is 60 students and duration of course is two years. Examinations are conducted by the PSBTE, Chandigarh.This course is approved by AICTE & PCI.
The deptt. has fully equipped and spacious laboratories, one machine room and one museum as per norms of PCI.
The Laboratories have equipments and facilities for conducting the various experiments as given in E.R.91 of PCI for diploma Educational programme.
It also has a botanical garden in which a large number of medicinal plants have been grown.
The students passing Diploma in Pharmacy have the following job opportunities.
– As dispensing pharmacist in hospitals / dispensaries of various govt. deptts. Including defence.
– As dispensing pharmacist in various autonomous bodies.
– As professional sales representative in various pharmaceutical firms/companies.
– Self employment i.e. as Chemists and druggists or re-packing of the drugs.
The students passing the diploma in Pharmacy can further improve their qualification as shown below:
– Direct Admission to 2nd year B.Pharm. and then M.Pharm and Ph.D.
– Direct admission to 3rd semester B.SC. MLT.