In a new development the Pharmacy Council of India has issued a cautionary warning to the aspiring candidates of its industry. PCI has alerted the pharmacy students that the distance education pharmacy courses do not seem to be recognised by the PCI u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act for the purpose of registration as a pharmacist.
The warning which has been issued by the PCI came in lieu of the recent advertisements of institutes offering degrees and diplomas in nursing through distance learning mode. The PCI along with the Central Government have taken the step of going public and raising their voice against the sole reason of protecting the students against the fraudulent, illegal and unapproved educational institutions that seem to be offering pharmacy courses by distance education mode.
Also PCI has just recently cautioned its aspiring students that some of the pharmacy courses being conducted by the Lovely Professional University in Punjab are not recognised by the PCI. The courses which have been unapproved by the PCI include B.S. Pharmacy—MBA (dual degree), B.S. Pharmacy—M Pharmacy (dual degree), B.S. Pharmacy, B Pharmacy—MBA (dual degree) and B Pharmacy—M Pharmacy (dual degree).
PCI is the regulatory body for pharmacy education in the country ensures uniform implementation of the educational standards throughout the country by approving the courses of study and examination for qualifying for registration as a pharmacist. The PCI is also responsible for approving the Examining Authorities for conducting pharmacy examination for qualifying for registration as a pharmacist; and also withdrawing approval, if the course of study does not continue to be in conformity with the educational standards prescribed by the PCI.