The main courses in Pharmacy are the 2 years Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm), 4 years Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm), 2 years Master of Pharmacy(M.Pharm) and Ph.d programmes and new emerging course are Pharm. D. and Pharm.D. (post baccaluerate) programme. The Pharmacy education and profession in India up to graduate level is regulated by the PCI (Pharmacy Council of India), a statutory body governed by the provisions of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 passed by the Parliament. The PCI was constituted on 9.8.49 under section 3 of the Pharmacy Act.
Duration of the course:The duration of the course shall be for two academic years with each academic year spread over a period of not less than one hundred and eighty working days in addition to 500 hours practical training spread over a period of not less than 3 months.
Examinations: There shall be Sessional (Internal) and External (University) examinations for Diploma in Pharmacy (Part –I) and (Part-II) to examine students. Sessional Examinations shall be held three times in a year, where best of three performances shall be used to calculate Sessional marks. While University examination may be held twice every year. The first examination in a year shall be the annual examination and the second examination shall be supplementary examination. The examinations may be of written and practical (including oral) nature, carrying maximum marks 20 for Sessional and 80 marks for university for each part of a subject.
Certificate of Diploma in Pharmacy: A certificate of Diploma in Pharmacy shall be granted by the Examining Authority to a successful candidate on producing certificate of having passed the Diploma in Pharmacy Part I and Part II and satisfactory completion of practical training.
Period and other conditions for Practical Training:
(1) After having appeared in Part –II examination for the Diploma in Pharmacy, conducted by Board/University or other approved Examining Body or any other course accepted as being equivalent by the Pharmacy Council of India, a candidate shall be eligible to undergo practical training in one or more of the following institutions namely:
Hospitals/Dispensaries run by Central/State Governments/Municipal Corporation/Central Government Health Scheme and Employees State Insurance Scheme.
A Pharmacy, Chemist and Druggist licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 made under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 1940)
Drugs manufacturing Unit licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 & rules made thereunder.
(2) In the course of practical training, the trainee shall have exposure to
(i) Working knowledge of keeping of records required by various Acts concerning the profession of Pharmacy, and
(ii) Practical experience in –
the manipulation of pharmaceutical appartus in common use.
the reading, translation and copying of prescription including checking of doses;
the dispensing of prescription illustrating the commoner methods of administering medicaments;