|Faculty School of Pharmaceutical Sciences|
The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in tune with the University vision and mission, aims to impart quality education in Pharmaceutical Sciences and to pursue research in areas relevant to the region and country. The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences is approved by AICTE and PCI. The Faculty offers B Pharmacy, M Pharmacy (Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry) and PhD (Pharmaceutical Sciences). The curriculum has been designed in consultation with experts from industry and academia in order to train students and researchers with knowledge and skills to meet the contemporary requirements of industry and academia. The curriculum covers topics like drug regulatory affairs, IPR, clinical drug development, research ethics and research methodology etc. besides the regular curriculum to meet the current industry requirements. The emphasis is on practical training so that the students spend at least half their time in the labs. Aim is to develop analytical and problem solving skills. The soft skills development program, SPRINT, focuses on personality, communication skills and liberal arts thus helping the student to prepare for the rigour of professional life. Thus, the Faculty aims at holistic development of the students to become not only better professionals but also better human beings.
The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences has enterprising and well trained faculty in various disciplines. The faculty with doctoral and postdoctoral training from various national and international labs are focusing their research on areas important to this region and utilization of the Himalayan biodiversity for finding cures for unmet medical needs of the region. The School has several extramurally funded projects, thus providing students opportunity to work on research problems relevant to the region. The School also has MOUs with various industries and academic labs and is working on projects sponsored by industry in time bound manner. Joint projects with industry are also being submitted to various funding agencies. The vision of the School is to provide industry relevant training to the students in an environment which would train them to the rigour of the University while being in intellectually stimulating environment.
The School has started several new initiatives which would make students standout once they graduate from the University. The invited lectures from experts from Industry and Academia are organized regularly to make students aware of current trends in industry and research. The School also has adjunct faculty from Industry who visit the School from time to time to share their experiences with the students. Industrial and Research lab visits at world class facilities are arranged to inculcate in students a sense of competition and an urge to be at best place. Lab safety has been ignored in Indian academia till now and when a student switches to industry or an academic lab, industry has to put in efforts to change the habits to conform to safety standards expected by industry. The lab safety program of the School helps the students to develop safety protocols as habits so that they keep themselves and their colleagues safe.
This also helps in smoother transition to the industry environment. The journal club and research seminars are regular feature especially in post-graduate program to expose students to the current trends in research and help them develop analytical skills. The B. Pharmacy students are also assigned a minor research problem in the final year so as to help them in developing the interest in research.
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences has also started mock GPAT tests to help students in preparation for the exams. The special lectures are organized on topics where students need additional help.
In the era where employers are looking for students with proper balance of technical and soft skills, the programs in the Faculty would help develop professionals with high competence both technically and professionally.