Scientific support needed for traditional medicinal systems: expert
Shortage of taxonomists a setback, he says
VIZIANAGARAM: Job opportunities for pharmacy students are aplenty if only they honed skills in addition to acquiring quality education, speakers at a national seminar on Pharmakshetra-10, organised by Maharajah’s College of Pharmacy here on Saturday, felt.
Participating as chief guest, Sanjit Singh Lamba, president and CEO of EISAI, Visakhapatnam, who formally inaugurated the seminar by lighting a lamp and releasing a souvenir brought out to suite the occasion, said what was being taught in colleges was only primary and hence students must sharpen skills for placements in areas like quality control, clinical management, etc in pharmaceutical sector.
He said that India would scale up the ladder in pharmaceutical industry from the present 14th position among countries to 10th position by 2015. S. Ganapati, senior faculty in A.U. College of Pharmacy, said the outbreak of variety of diseases during the last three years like swine flu, dengue etc were due to wayward life style and deviation from nature. As diseases and drugs go together there was no dearth of opportunities for the right people. Scientific support for traditional medicinal system (Ayurveda and homoeopathy) was necessary.
However, shortage of taxonomists for identifying medicinal plants those are abundantly available in India was a setback. K. Hanumantha Rao, Director of M.R. Post-graduate College asked participants from various colleges to grasp the changes taking place in pharmaceutical industry. He said that M. Pharmacy would be introduced in the college from next year. A. Raghava Rao, correspondent of MANSAS educational institutions, who presided, regretted that not even 20 per cent of students of technical courses were getting employment mainly due to lack of standards.
As pharmaceutical industry was closely related to mankind a lot of quality input was required. P. Udaya Shankar, Principal of M.R. College of Pharmacy projected performance of the college. Prof. K.V. Ramana Murty from AU, Dr. Ram Rajendra Kapratwar, director, Dr. Reddy’s Lab and Dr. P. Ramesh, Pfizer, Mumbai, spoke.