Undergo training in drug quality control, pharmacy students told

Ninth Indian Pharmaceutical Association Students Forum (IPASF) Congress was inaugurated here on Saturday by Director of National Institute of Biology (NIB) Surinder Singh.

The two-day conference, which is being held on the campus of Vikas Pharmacy College, is conducted by the Indian Pharmaceutical Association local branch.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Singh asked students to use the training being offered by the NIB in drug quality control.

He said it was commendable in conducting the IPSAF Congress in a rural area and added that pharmaceutical students should serve the rural community at large.

Dr. K. Chinna Swamy from NIB, said pharmacy students should reach the international standards by getting training in institutes like NIB. Dr. T.V. Narayana, IPA’s education division chairman, said that this was for the first time national level eminent pharmacy professionals and various apex body leaders were participating in the programme and asked the rural student community to make use of it.

He said that this programme was also meant for updating the academic and research skills of students.

Competitions organised

IPASF chairperson Anu Rao said that they have organised skill developing competitions with cash prize of ₹1 lakh for each event and added that pharmacists should be the representatives of change. IPASF vice-chairman T. Bharat Vikas has recalled that in the past they have organised such meetings in Hyderabad and won prizes among the pharmaceutical students from 70 countries.

Dr. K.P.R. Chowdary, president of Rajamahendravaram IPA local branch, said that so far they have received 500 scientific research papers for competition and 3,000 student delegates have registered their names.

Dr. Rao Vadlamudi, who was appointed as president of Common Wealth Pharmacist Association, was felicitated by the IPASF.

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