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President [of India] calls for constant revision of pharmacy education

14 September 2010

President Pratibha Patil today urged the Pharmacy Council of India to plan for future requirements of pharmacists in the country, taking into consideration the demands of the healthcare landscape.
"Pharmacy education should be constantly revised and updated to meet tomorrow's challenges," she said in her inaugural address at a national seminar on "Recent Trends in Pharmacy Education and Practice."

She said that, with growing inter-linkages in the world, international standards must be maintained and the curriculum should include a section on global trends and best practices.
Educators will also need to develop a culture conducive to inquiry and research, because so much in medicine and pharmacy is yet to be discovered, she said.

Ms Patil also called for constant interaction between pharmacy institutions, educational institutions and various stakeholders - healthcare practitioners, academic centres and pharmaceutical companies to give students the required exposure.

"Professional ethics, values and code of conduct are key factors to be taught. Due emphasis must be given to these aspects," she said.

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