Staff and Students of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, PDMU participated in the 69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) held at Chitkara University from 22nd to 24th December 2017.
The Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA) organises Indian Pharmaceutical Congress every year in different states throughout the country in which professional and academic representatives get together to discuss matters relating to Pharmacy with an aim to project the image of a pharmacist as a health care professional and to create the awareness about the pharmacy and pharmacy profession amongst the public.
This year the 69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress on the theme, “ Skill and Will to make and serve quality pill” was `held at Chitkara University, Rajpura. The event was inaugurated on 22nd December 2017 amidst a gathering of esteemed professionals from the pharmaceutical industry and academia, prestigious associations, international professional leaders, Nobel laureates and students. The Congress was hosted by the All India Pharmacy Teachers Association. The Congress aimed to create more awareness about the pharmacy profession in the country and help converge stakeholders from all facets of the profession.
The Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and DSW, PDMU Prof (Dr) Hema Chaudhary along with 4 Faculty members and 97 students from Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences attended the Conference.
All the students registered themselves by paying the registration fee. The registration fee covered 3 days accommodation and food facility for the students as they were provided hostels in the university campus. The students departed from PDMU campus on 21st December 2017 at 2:30pm. After the journey of 03 hours the students halted at Jhilmil Restaurant for evening tea and snacks. The students reached the Chitkara University at 9:00pm. The students were provided accommodation after having the supper.
Hon’ble Governor of Punjab V.P. Singh Badnore, the Guest of Honor at the event, inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp and LOC Chairman Dr. Shailendra Saraf extended a warm welcome to all the delegates’ students, teaching faculty, regulatory, industry, community pharmacy and clinical pharmacy professionals.
Following the lamp lighting, Dr. B. Suresh, President of PCI, delivered the presidential address where he spoke about the progress of the pharma industry in India, apart from highlighting the various issues and challenges that lay in the industry’s path of growth.
The keynote addresses was given by Dr. M.D. Burande, President of IPCA on ‘Pharma Vision 2020: Pharmacists for a Healthy India’. He emphasized on the skill development scheme run by the government which will narrow the gap between academics and industry to achieve the objective of world class quality of medicine to make India truly pharma super power in serving humanity.
The Honourable Governor of Punjab, V.P. Singh Badnore, addressed the assembly and he mentioned the significance of health services in the development of country and the role a pharmacist play in providing these services to the masses. The Hon’ble Governor released the Souvenir and Scientific Abstracts CD, and inaugurated Orbit’s PHARMA expo 2017, where companies from all over the country were showcasing their products.
The Organising Secretary, LOC, IPC 2017, Dr. Dhirender Kaushik, gave his vote of thanks to all present at the event and presented mementos to the guests.
A state-of-the-art exhibition showcased new innovations of pharmaceutical machineries, laboratory equipment etc., from India and overseas. The exhibition was organised by Orbit. The highlights of conference were:
- 250 organizations participated in ‘PHARMA EXPO-2017’.
- More than 20 scientific sessions were hosted by national and international speakers in 3 days conference.
- Oral and Poster presentation by delegates on scientific findings was organized.
- Cultural evening by ace singer Gurdas Mann was organized on day 1.
- Pop songs by Charit Dixit and Dimple Pancholi were presented and the students presented Folk dance like bhangra and gidda which attracted huge gathering at the venue on day 2.
- Various South Indian and north Indian delicacies were offered to all the participating delegates.
- A kit consisting of participation certificate with a gift hamper sponsored by STREAX was given to all the delegates.
- A placement drive for students was organised in which 17 companies from various pharmaceutical disciplines like Belco Pharma, Sentiss, GSK, etc. participated.
The students visited the Orbit PHARMA expo and attended various scientific sessions on themes like, OTC drugs, Soft skill development, etc. Posters from different institutes were on display as the faculty members guided the students through them.
Students participated in the conference and placement drive for jobs in different departments like QC/QA, marketing and sales, etc.
The students departed from the university on 24th December at 10:30 am. The students visited the Rock Garden at Chandigarh on their way back to the PDMU. The students halted at Chaan Haveli, Karnal for supper. The students arrived PDMU at 11:00 PM from which students were accompanied by the faculty members to the assembling point, Peeragarhi metro station as students were picked up by their parents.
The students had an hands on learning experience as they got the feel of Pharmaceutical Industry and had a chance to interact with various dignitaries who would be a guiding force in all their future endevours.