3rd Annual Convention of APTI Punjab State Branch & National Conference on Interdisciplinary Trends in Pharmaceutical Research
| Education Jagat - 17 Apr 2017

Two days National conference, on “Inter-Disciplinary trends in Pharmaceutical Research” was organized, sponsored by Indian Council of Medical Research, Bureau of Pharma P.S.U of India & Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (A.P.T.I) with media partner “Education Jagat”.
The Chief Guest Prof. B. Suresh, Pharmacy Council of India along with other dignitaries - Prof. Ramesh K Goyal (VC-DPSRU, Delhi), Dr. U.S.N Murthy, Director, NIPER Guwahati, Prof. M.P.S. Ishar (VC-MRSPTU), Mr. Pradeep Kumar (Drug Controller-Punjab), Mr. Rohit Mehra, Director General, Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India, Dr. L. Vijaya Kumar, Chief Advisor, Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India, Mr. Vivek Seigell- Director, Public Policy & Strategies, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi, inaugurated the conference on 13th & 14th April 2017. 
Sardar Gurwinder Singh Bahra, Chairman, Rayat Bahra University & Dr. Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, Rayat Bahra University presided the inauguration ceremony.
The program started with the invocation and inaugural speech by chief guest Prof. B. Suresh. He briefed about the importance of continuing education for updating the skills, competence and knowledge for pharmacy profession. He also stated about the importance of pharmaceutical skills and various initiatives taken up by PCI and Government of India so as to advice the students in reducing skill gap and to increase the employment chances. He further addressed that PCI as a statutory Council committed for delivery of quality education has framed B.Pharma and M.Pharma Regulations. While adopting multiple steps process, PCI has also framed the Bridge course Regulations in order to upgrade the qualification. He encouraged and motivated the students to explore their potential and put efforts in Research work. He said that everyone needs to implement their ideas in to innovations. He encouraged the Pharmacists to develop their skill and prove the dexterity so that they can develop themselves equal to the foreign pharmacists. Further addressing the representatives from different colleges he said that ‘better knowledge, immense skill, competition and more efforts are required in Pharmacy. Pharmacy is not just limited to medicines, but, it is the way to social welfare. If Pharmacy produces better doctors, our country will be healthier. And to develop pharmacy, more research work is needed. Though India has achieved a lot in the area of research & scientific paper publication yet quality research work is required.’
The aim of this conference is to bring together leading academic scientists, pharmacologists, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry to exchange and share their research experience and ideas about novel approaches to drug discovery and development. The program will facilitate the effective review of novel ideas thereby accelerating the translation of discoveries in basic research to therapeutics. 
The main focus of the conference is on the current research, development and discovery of newer drugs. Various invited speakers from industry and academia will be sharing their views in different plenary sessions.
Prof. Ramesh K. Goyal, Vice Chancellor-DPSRU, Delhi while appreciating the various initiatives taken up by the government and pharmaceutical skill centre and discussed its importance in minimizing skill gap and in raising national economy.
Other dignitaries emphasized on impact of translational research on pharmaceutical industry, Role of intellectual property rights in interdisciplinary pharmaceutical research, Health promoting phyto-chemicals, Pharmaceutical drug development & Academia industry collaboration in pharmaceutical education.
Two-panel discussions on Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna Need & Importance of Pharmaceutical Skill and Entrepreneurship and B.Pharm. & M.Pharm. Curriculum: Implementation and Challenges is planned to deliberate during the conference. The panel discussion will be chaired by Prof. Ramesh K. Goyal, Vice Chancellor, DPSRU, New Delhi & Dr. MD Karvekar – Chairman, UG Curriculum Committee, PCI, New Delhi respectively
Pharmacy Council of India has already implemented uniform curriculum of B.Pharma & M. Pharma all over India and the panelist will discuss the implementation challenges in the curriculum. On the occasion of National Conference, 1200 representatives from 35 colleges of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Chandigarh and Rajasthan participated in this event. 

Dr. Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor of Rayat Bahra University spoke on“Drug Treatment”. At the same time, Chairman of Rayat Bahra Group, Gurbinder Singh Bahra focusing on the main motto of the event said that, the conference is organized to bring all the Academicians, Researchers and Scholars related to Pharmacy on a same platform for better ideas and its exchange.

Mr. Vivek Seigel, Director, Public Policy & Strategies for Business & Economic Growth, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi stressed the need for advocacy issues in pharmaceutical sciences. Mr. S.V. Veeramani, President, IDMA, Mumbai &  Dr. J. Jayaseelan, Chairman-PR, IDMA, Mumbai gave inputs on the on pharmaceutical skills needed in drug industry. Dr. Manoj K. Das, Director, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati presented the model of pharmaceutical skills and entrepreneurship practice. Dr. Manish Nivsarkar, Director, BV Patel PERD Centre, Ahmedabad shared his experience in the refining the skills of pharmacy students. Dr. L. Vijayakumar, Chief Advisor, BPPI & Chairman, NSDM, New Delhi highlighted the importance of Jan Aushadhi Scheme. Prof A. C. Rana, Institute of Pharmacy, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra gave his view on equipping the students with industry required skills. Prof S. S. Sardana, Director, Hindu College of Pharmacy, Sonipat and Prof A. N. Kalia, Director, Sri Sai Institute of Pharmacy, Badhani, Pathankot also gave their inputs on entrepreneurship opportunities for students of pharmaceutical sciences. Vote of thanks was given by Dr. S.L.Harikumar, Dean, USPS-RBU, 

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