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Diploma in Pharmacy (D. Pharm)

What is this Programme about?

D. Pharmacy or D. Pharma is a diploma level course for aspirants who wish to study Pharmacy and opt for a career option in medicine. It is a 2-year full-time diploma course designed to prepare candidates to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in hospitals, community pharmacies, and other pharmaceutical-related fields.

Minimum qualification for admission to D. Pharmacy is to pass in any of the following examinations with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Mathematics. Minimum aggregate marks required may vary from one institute to another. It could be anywhere between 45-60% marks (in main science subjects).

(1)     Intermediate examination in Science;

(2)      The first year of the three year degree course in Science,

(3)      10+2 examination (academic stream) in Science;

(4)   Pre–degree examination;

(5)    Any other qualification approved by the Pharmacy Council of India as equivalent to any of the above examination.

 Provided that there shall be reservation of seats for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes candidates in accordance with the instructions issued by the Central Govt. /State Govts./Union Territory Admns. as the case may be from time to time.

 

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.

Admission process: Depending upon the institute, it could be direct admission or merit based admission process. Reputed and well established institutes follow merit based admission process. Under this process, marks scored by students in board examination are taken into consideration. Seats are allotted to deserving students on the basis of merit marks scored by them.

Age limit: The Candidate should be at least 17 years of age while securing admission.

 

How this Programme Benefit you & your Career?

Diverse job opportunities are available in front of D. Pharm certificate holders. Government and private sector job opportunities are available in front of them.

Diploma in Pharmacy certificate holders may start practicing as pharmacists in India. They may work at drug stores in Government hospitals, private hospitals, clinics, community health centers or private drug stores. In such a work setup, they usually check prescriptions (made by the Doctor), dispense drugs to patients, give them advice & directions, keep stock of drugs in storage, keep accounts and maintain the inventory.

Other than working for hospitals or private drug stores, D. Pharm certificate holders may even start their own private drug store. To thrive in such a venture, one must have access to decent financial resources and entrepreneurship skills.

Pharmaceutical companies are also known to hire D. Pharm candidates. In this sector, they may work at divisions/sections like- manufacturing, process control, quality control and marketing. Talking about marketing sector, one may work for firms involved in pharmaceutical products marketing. One may also work as a medical representative.

Other than working right after completing D. Pharm course, one may also go for further studies (B. Pharm, Pharm D, M. Pharm. etc.). After completing Master’s level course, one may take up the job of a lecturer/tutor/instructor at relevant pharmacy schools or institutes.

Salary:

Starting salary depends on various factors like profile of the employer, job location and job profile. Depending upon the above mentioned factors, Diploma in Pharmacy certificate holders may earn anywhere between 8-20K Rupees per month at initial stage.

 

Research:

Sl. No. Name of the collaborating agency with contact details Name of the participant Source of financial support Year of collaboration Duration Nature of the activity
1 Assam down town University, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Haryana, Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology, Guwahati, Gauhati University, Jalukbari, Nalbari College, Nalbari, Pandu College, Guwahati, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Assam down town University, Guwahati, The Dale View College of Pharmacy & Research Centre, Kerala. Dr. Saikat Sen and Dr. Raja Chakraborty DBT 2016 3 years Research

 

Programme Contents:

Table-I: Course of study for Diploma in Pharmacy (Part – I)

Subject

Theory

Practical

Hours / year

Hours / week

Hours / year

Hours / week

Pharmaceutics - I

75

3

100

4

Pharmaceutical Chemistry - I

75

3

75

3

Pharmacognosy

75

3

75

3

Biochemistry & Clinical Pathology

50

2

75

3

Human Anatomy & Physiology

75

3

50

2

Health Education & community pharmacy

50

2

-

-

 

400

16

375

15

Table-II: Course of study for Diploma in Pharmacy (Part – II)

Subject

Theory

Practical

Hours / year

Hours / week

Hours / year

Hours / week

Pharmaceutics - II

75

3

100

4

Pharmaceutical Chemistry - II

100

4

75

3

Pharmacology & Toxicology

75

3

50

2

Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

50

2

-

-

Drug store and Business Management

75

3

-

-

Hospital & Clinical Pharmacy

75

3

50

2

 

450

18

275

11

 

Achievement:

FACULTY OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES, AdtU ACHIEVEMENTS

Prof. (Dr.) Saikat Sen

  • Award of Appreciation for “Most punctual faculty member” of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University, Guwahati by of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University in 2019.
  • Sushruta Best Young Scientist Award” for Pharmaceutical Sciences by Bose Science Society (established under Tamil Nadu Scientific Research Organisation, affiliated to DST, Govt of India), Tamilnadu in 2019.
  •  “Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Young Scientists – 2018” by Marina Labs, Chennai in 2018.
  •  ‘Best Faculty Award’ in The Science & Technology Awards -2018 (STA-18) by Education Expo TV (EET) CRS, Greater Noida, India in 2018
  • Research Advisor  of  Nan Yang Academy of Sciences (NASS Singapore) in 2018
  • Research Consultant of Innoscience Research Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia. In 2019
  • Bentham Ambassador (Bentham Science Publisher) for 2019-2020.
  • Faculty in-charge: M. Pharm (Pharmacology), Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University in 2019

Dr. Anata Choudhury

  • Faculty in-charge; M. Pharm (Pharmaceutics), Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University in 2019
  • Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Science in 2019

Dr. Suman Saha

  • Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Science in 2019
  • Faculty in-charge: UG, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University in 2019

Dr. Mrinmoy Basak

  • HOD: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science , Assam down town University in 2019
  • Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Science in 2018

Dr. Atanu Bhattacharjee

  • Completed Assam down town University sponsored Seed Grant project entitled “Lead finding for acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase inhibitors from folklore medicinal plants of North Eastern region of India” (University Research grant no.: AdtU/RG/UG/02/2018).
  • Best ERP award in 2019
  • Faculty in-charge: Research and Project Coordinator (UG) Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science , Assam down town University in 2019
  • Award of Appreciation for achieving best result by the students of B. Pharm 1st semester in Remedial Biology of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University, Guwahati by of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University in 2019.

Dr. Faruk Alam

  • Faculty in-charge: D. Pharm, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University in 2019

 

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