Shoolini University’s School of Pharmaceutical Sciences marked World Pharmacist Day with an array of engaging activities aimed at recognising and honouring the essential role of pharmacists in healthcare. This year’s theme, ‘Pharmacy Strengthening Health Systems’, emphasised the invaluable contributions pharmacists make to medical supplements and healthcare professions.
The day’s proceedings were inaugurated by Prof Deepak Kapoor, Dean of Pharmaceutical Sciences, who warmly welcomed the chief guest, Prof Bhupender Singh Bhoop, Ex-Chairman of UIPS at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and currently the Emeritus Professor at Chitkara University Innovation and Research Network (CURIN) and Chief Mentor of Chitkara College of Pharmacy. The guest of honor for the event was Prof VK Kapoor, Ex-Chairman of UIPS at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and currently Professor Emeritus at Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technology, Baddi, HP. Faculty members and participants were also greeted as part of the ceremony, which included an oath-taking event for pharmacists.
Highlighting the indispensable role of pharmacists in healthcare, Chancellor Prof PK Khosla urged the pharmacy community to double down on research initiatives for the betterment of human life. “Pharmacists are an intrinsic part of the healthcare team, especially in the current scenario,” he noted.
The keynote speech was delivered by Prof Bhoop, focusing on the ‘Role of Pharmacists in Health Systems, Angdaan Mahadaan’. He traversed the rich history of ancient pharmacies and drug discoveries. Prof VK Kapoor’s enlightening lecture focused on the ‘Integrated Role of Ayurveda in Health Systems’. Elaborating that Ayurveda is the ‘science of life’, he talked about the ancient Indian system’s unique perspectives on human health and illness.
In addition to the insightful talks, declamation and poster-making competitions added a creative dimension to the celebrations. Pratik, a 3rd Semester student, clinched the first prize in the declamation contest, while Paritosh from M Pharm 2nd year secured the second position. The poster-making competition witnessed a tie for the first prize between Parul, Raja and Vishaka, while Swali and Tanishka were the joint winners. Muskaan Mahi and Avinash earned the second prize.
The day concluded with a heartfelt vote of thanks from Prof Rohit Goyal, Associate Dean of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prof Goyal commended all the winners and extended his appreciation to the students and faculty for their enthusiastic participation, making the event on World Pharmacists Day an unparalleled success.
Solan, September 26