The pharmacy profession comprising the industrial and practice sectors is undergoing a rapid change. Indian Pharma industry which has registered a spectacular progress today ranks 4th in volume and 13th in value in the global pharmaceutical market with exports worth US Dollars 2.6 billion besides domestic sales amounting to over US Dollars 4 million.
The ever expanding Pharma's industrial and practice sectors need clinically and technologically trained pharmacy professionals who can face global challenges and compete with the multinationals. The pharmacist is no longer a mere dispenser of drugs but has assumed a more crucial role in medicine management and as overall health care programmer.
PCI as a pharmacy educationist regulatory body has realized the need to strengthen and upgrade the pharmacy curriculum to produce competent pharmacist workforce which is able to meet the growing demands of the industry and community. As a step towards this direction PCI has proposed some amendments to the Pharmacy Act which have been submitted to the Health Ministry for approval.
This is the abbreviation of Diploma in Pharmacy. This is an academic course, which is pursued by the students belonging to the discipline of science. The program teaches the basics of pharmaceutical science. It does not have any option that one can choose to specialize in, though. The successful completion of such a diploma course helps an aspirant to be a registered chemist or pharmacist.