Pune: In order to avoid causing inconvenience to students who have sought admissions at colleges offering pharmacy courses in the State, the government has decided not to stop colleges that don’t have recognition from the Pharmacy Council of India from granting admissions to students for this academic year.
The colleges can continue with the admissions process while undergoing the recognition process, which takes six months. In this academic year, that is 2018-19, with reference to the approval by the AICTE, permission has been given by the government to open new diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in pharmaceutical education, increasing the capacity of the present courses.
While many of these new courses and colleges wouldn’t have the approval from the Pharmacy Council of India, as the admission process for the courses has already started, the State government has lifted this condition for a short period of time.
The GR issued for the same states, “The previous experience of the DTE states that the process of gaining recognition from the Pharmacy Council of India takes a long time, so lesser students might actually be able to take admissions for courses in pharmaceuticals despite the introduction of new courses and extra seats.”
While the colleges are given six extra months to seek approval, they also have to submit an affidavit on a stamp paper worth Rs 100 stating that the concerned educational institute will be wholly responsible for whatever legal issue/dispute that it faces until approval from the council.
The condition is also applicable to the institutes that have earlier received recognition from the government, but not the council. Also, if a college fails to receive recognition from the council in the given period of time, it will not be allowed to give admissions in the next academic year.