Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research

: 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-

New avenues in pharmaceutical education

N Udupa 
 Department of Pharmacy Management, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, 576104 Karnataka, India

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N Udupa
Department of Pharmacy Management, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, 576104 Karnataka

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Udupa N. New avenues in pharmaceutical education.J Adv Pharm Technol Res 2011;2:2-2

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Today, India is witnessing surging demand for the technical and professional courses. This has been associated with the increasing economic strength of the country. Along with other technical professions, pharmacy profession in India has shown paradigm shift. Information technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical technology hold promising future in coming years. These developments have triggered demand for the professional courses in aforesaid areas.

Pharmaceutical education pattern in India is structured under the influence of industrial needs and demands. Today, pharmacy profession is considered as one of the most preferable and respectable profession. With the advancement of technology, novel innovations, and discoveries in the field of medicine, applications and scope of pharmaceutical sciences are diversified. Today, pharmacist is gaining prime importance in the healthcare system. With the advancement in communication technology, today, at global level, awareness about the health is spreading very fast. With this increasing conscious about the health and preventive measures, role of pharmacist has widened from simple "compounder and dispenser" of drug to the pharmaceutical care provider.

Pharmaceutics, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, and pharmacognosy are the basic branches and core specializations in pharmaceutical sciences. Advanced research in these core branches resulted into emergence of new specialization areas such as nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, nanopharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, intellectual property management, phytopharmacy and phytochemistry, pharmacoeconomics, clinical research management, and pharmaceutical care. These specializations have evolved from the core branches of pharmaceutical sciences. Increasing number of specializations and super specializations has opened new opportunities for budding pharmacists.