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An open letter of Prof. Dr. Taha Nazir (President Pakistan Pharmacist Federation); Prof. Dr. Khalid Hussain University of the Punjab, Lahore and Prof. Dr. Nadeem Irfan Bukhari University of the Punjab, Lahore regarding Equivalence of M. Phil Pharmacy (Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy) to other allied health degrees

The Secretary,

Pakistan Pharmacy Council,

Islamabad

Subject: Equivalence of M. Phil Pharmacy (Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry,     Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy) to other allied health degrees

Sir,

Respectfully stated that  candidates for the post of Assistant Drug Controller whose  master degrees are not from the Pharmacy institutes have filed a case in the Lahore High Courts for  equivalence of their degrees to that of M. Phil Pharmacy. To our knowledge, the Honorable Courts have directed the Punjab Health Department to refer this case to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. This is an important matter that needs your kind attention and favorable action. A brief review of the matter is given as follows:

Background: The above stated posts were advertized by the Punjab Public Services Commission (PPSC) with eligibility as M. Phil Pharmaceutics/equivalents. Many applicants against this post were non-pharmacists/pharmacy graduates having masters from disciplines other than Pharmacy. The applicants except M. Phil Pharmaceutics were declared ineligible by the PPSC.  Consequently, the sufferers filed their complaints to Department of Health Lahore and Higher Education Department, Punjab. As a result, a committee was formulated to ascertain the eligibility, and they invited three experts from pharmacy institutes including ourselves.

Decision of the Committee: All the experts and members of the committee unanimously decided that for the said post all the candidates having B. Pharmacy/Pharm. D with M.Phil Pharmacy (any of the four disciplines, i.e., Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy) from any HEC recognized and Pharmacy council-accredited university are eligible. This is in accord with the specified requirements of the post. By doing so, all the non-pharmacists or the pharmacists who have done masters in disciplines other than Pharmacy became ineligible.

Proposed action: You are requested kindly to inform all the heads of Pharmacy institutes that if they are called for their opinion on the matter, they should understand the needs of the post and that two masters may be academically equivalent but not professionally. The HEC should also be persuaded for the same and requested not to issue equivalence certificate of M. Phil Pharmacy and M. Phil in other subjects on the grounds that Pharm. D and MBBS can never be equivalent professionally though have the qualifications of equal number of years.

Looking forward for your necessary action

 Prof. Dr. Taha Nazir B.Pharm., M.Phil., Ph.D.; President Pakistan Pharmacist Federation, C.: 0321 222 0885, E.: taha.nazir@uos.edu.pk, W.: http://www.pharmafed.com

Prof. Dr. Khalid Hussain B.Pharm., M.Phil., Ph.D.: University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Lahore

Prof. Dr. Nadeem Irfan Bukhari B.Pharm., M.Phil., Ph.D.; University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Lahore

 

Distribution:

President PPA Center, PPA Punjab, All Heads of Pharmacy Departments

Secretaries; Provincial Pharmacy Councils.

Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Lahore,  Pakistan

Najam Saithi; Care Taker Chief Minister, Government of Punjab, Pakistan

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Pharmacy Council of Pakistan has ridiculously imposed registration fee Rs.1000/- per student; registration is the prerogative privilege of provincial pharmacy councils; thus it is improper way of collecting money from innocent students, destitute parents or already (financially) deprived nation.

Pharmaceutical Review (www.pharmareview.wordpress.com) Pharmacy council of Pakistan has issued a notification regarding regulation for inspection and recognition of pharmacy institution. Mr. Naziruddin Ahsen Secretary Pakistan Pharmacy Council has described the procedure for enrollment of the students with Pharmacy Council of Pakistan in notification No. 1-10/2008-PCP dated January 10, 2010. A comprehensive inspection fee of Rs. 300,000/- has been decided to cover all the visits undertaken by the council team till the decision regarding recognition/ approval of an institution or otherwise; while a fee of Rs. 1000/- for the enrollment of students with the council. Mr. Nazirrudin has claimed this fee to cover registration to issued an enrolment card, which will make the basis of their registration by the provincial pharmacy councils from 2010 onward.

Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, Taimur Chamber, 10-D West Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan Tel.: +9204191, Fax: +9218995 is established under the pharmacy act 1967. This is a professional body responsible for the promotion of pharmacy discipline in Pakistan. The main responsibilities of Pharmacy Council of Pakistan are to recognition of pharmacy teaching institution any person desirous of running or establishing any university, college or institution for imparting education in pharmacy shall not do so unless it is recognized by the Council; approval of examinations – any institution or authority, which holds an examination in pharmacy, shall apply to the Council for approval of the examination for the purpose of qualifying a person for registration as a pharmacist and pharmacy technicians under this Act;  and approval of courses of study – any institution or authority which conducts a course of study in pharmacy shall apply to the Council for approval of such courses of study for the purpose of admission to an approved examination.

The financial sources of Pharmacy council of Pakistan are the moneys as be placed at its disposal by the Federal Government and the funds of the council consist of the fee received by it under this Act. An inspection fee of Rs. 300,000/- is charged to cover all visits undertaken by the council team till the decision regarding recognition/ approval of an institution or otherwise.

But; unluckily, Pharmacy Council of Pakistan has violated the pharmacy act by collecting money through other than define sources. For this purpose; a gazette notification (Inspection and Recognition) Regulation, 2009 has been issued by Pharmacy Council of Pakistan. They have extended their role by introducing a new procedure of enrollments of pharmacy students fee of Rs. 1000/- per student. Thus; the students so enrolled are supposed to be issued enrollment cards to provide the basis of registration by the provincial pharmacy council from 2010 onward. Pharmacy Council of Pakistan has issued letters to all public and private pharmacy institutions  to provide informations along with aforesaid  fee in the form of bank draft in favor of Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan.

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