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With an aim to build strong relations between research, education and industry towards transformation in pharmacy, Shoolini University organized a one day Interface program on pharmaceutical research, education and industry at Baddi today.
The interface program named, “Pharmaceutical Research, Education and Industrial Confluence- Bridging the skill gap” was inaugurated by Dr Rajeev Bindal, Minister of Health and Ayurveda.
“This is an appreciable effort to bring together pharmaceutical professionals from research and educational institutions and industry to deliberate upon issues, challenges and trends pertaining to pharmaceutical science,” said Dr Bindal in his inaugural address. On this occasion, Dr Bindal also launched Shoolini University’s innovative scheme ‘Diagnostic and design for Pharma Growth’ to bridge skill gaps due to advances in biotechnological research in the development of new drugs.
“We shall be able to develop pharmacy curricula at Shoolini as per the needs of the industry through innovation and inputs provided by the industry in order to enhance the employability of our graduates,” said Prof PK Khosla, Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University. “Baddi being the largest industrial hub in South East Asia is catering to more than 500 pharmaceutical industries. Shoolini University aims to establish a relationship with the industries by bringing out a policy paper and seek their inputs to revise the pharmaceutical curriculum for education and research as per their aspirations.
With the increasing demand for qualified pharmaceutical professionals, the availability of quality talent is decreasing. In order to minimize this gap, Shoolini University is set to build relations for meeting real time industrial and research environment requirements. We aspire to be the knowledge repository for the pharmaceutical industry and this would help to bridge the skill gap amongst students and domain experts.” Prof Khosla further added.
In his address, Dr CK Katiyar, Head of Dabur Research Foundation at Ghaziabad, highlighted the need for capacity building in pharmacy education to keep pace with herbal drug development so that pharmacy graduates and postgraduates are able to meet the requirements of the industry.
Prof Atul Khosla, Trustee Executive of Shoolini University and partner Oliver Wyman the top international consulting firm, said on this occasion, “Despite the revenue boom, the pharmacy industry is suffering from scientific innovations, and drug discovery has not kept pace with the revolutions in biotechnology and Information Technology. Developing strategic partnerships between academia and pharma industry is the need of the hour”.
The inaugural session was followed by scientific and plenary sessions where representatives from pharmacy industry interacted with reputed academicians and scientists and top pharma executives like Dr RC Mahajan, Emeritus professor, PGI; Dr Kapil Joshi from Dr Reddy’s Ltd; Dr Mufti Sohail Sayeed from Venus Remedies; Dr VK Kapoor, Former Chairman, Dept of Pharmacy, Panjab University; and Dr CK Katiyar from Dabur Research Foundation. They also shared their vast experience with the B Pharma and M Pharma students of Shoolini University during these sessions.