A new era of Pharmaceutical sciences has ushered due to rapid interfacing of different newly emerged disciplines. It appears that the pendulum of pharmaceutical sciences is slowly swinging more towards life sciences applied medical and healthcare sciences, Biotechnology and Information Technology. We are now in the midst of a scientific revolution; a revolution is largely driven by advances in Biotechnology, (Molecular Biology, Life Sciences, Healthcare Sciences) Pharmaceutical Technology, computer sciences. With such incredible changes the definition of Pharmaceutical Sciences will have to be altered and consequently the prospective role of Pharmacist, Pharmacy Profession and Pharmacy Education need to be redefined.
During last decade Pharma industry underwent a complete transformation due to Liberalisation, Globalisation, Emerging GATE era and then India becoming a member of WTO coupled with major shift in Govt’s economic policy. All these events led to severe competition, demand of high quality standards of drugs and Pharmaceuticals introduction of new generation of drugs, emerging Biotechnological methods for the production of extremely efficacious drugs increased understanding of Etiology of diseases due to advances in Biology, Immunology and Microbiology have lead to the development of ultra sensive rapid diagnostic aids and tools. Along with these the availability of sophisticated Biomedical equipments and instruments for diagnosis and new Technologies and devices for the effective treatment of diseases. Such rapid advances demands the greater responsibility of Pharmacists working in hospitals and community.
In such era of rapid changes the only uncertainty is certainty. Therefore, pharmacy educational institutions, Universities, Govt. regulatory bodies (AICTE, PCI and DTE of Maharashtra) with the partnership of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industries must analyse and understand the situation and work together with new attitude, vision and serendipity for evolving the state-of-the-art of pharmacy education in India. This would require a well-designed curriculum and syllabus, resource identification, faculty development and student selection. The Pharmaceutical industries are already driven to adopt new corporate strategies, renewed management culture and systems, application of innovative technologies, intellectual related activities like Contract Clinical & Developmental Research (CCDR), IPR, horizontal and vertical.
In the 21st century the greater knowledge based and more sophisticated technology will present many more challenges and opportunities than afforded now. The pharmacy teachers, students and practitioners in 21st century will have much to learn and much more to do.
The Y.B. Chavan College of Pharmacy was founded by the late Chairman of Maulana Azad Educational Trust, Dr. Rafiq Zakaria, an Educationist, Politician, Scholar and Author of International repute. He was also the Architect of modern Aurangabad; He established the Government Medical College and Hospital, brought water to the city with the Jayakwadi Project and founded the Industrial area in Aurangabad. It was because of the wisdom, farsightedness and vision of Dr. Rafiq Zakaria that the Y.B. Chavan College of Pharmacy, Aurangabad, was established in 1989. This was the first college to bring the Degree Course in Pharmacy to the doorsteps of the people of Marathwada. Ten years after its inception, the College entered into collaboration with M/s Wockhardt Ltd., one of the leading and most prestigious Pharmaceutical Companies in India, with the purpose of sharing expertise and providing practical training at Wockhardt’s Pharmaceutical Plant and its research centre in Aurangabad.
Today, the College symbolizes the meaning of quality education and professional achievement. The campus boasts of every possible amenity. The imposing main building with spacious well-ventilated, beautifully furnished classrooms, the ultra-modern laboratories with the latest equipment and all possible accessories ensure the highest degree of professionally imparted pharmacy education. The achievements and standards set by the College have bestowed on it a reputation that has moved beyond India.
Every achievement and endeavour of the College has been promoted by the dedicated and visionary zeal of Mrs. Fatma Zakaria, Chairman of Maulana Azad Educational Trust, who worked with our late Chairman for over 40 years as Managing Trustee and has been recently Awarded Padmashree by the President of India for her work in the field of Education.
Dr. ABUBAKAR SALAM BAWAZIR