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PharmaMirror.com Features Pharma Leaders of Bangladesh!
Guest : Dr. Dibyajyoti Saha, Associate Professor and Chairman; Dept. of Pharmacy, BGC Trust University, Bangladesh.
Dr. Dibyajyoti Saha, an Indian young talent serving for Bangladesh as an associate professor of BGC Trust University. His professional biography is full of achievements, awards and credentials. Recently he has been awarded Fellow status (FAPP) and 'APP Young Scientist Award' by the Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP), Bhopal, India on 7th April, 2012. In this occasion, he delivered invited speech on the topic “An Ontological Cluster on Bangladeshi and Indian Pharmaceutical Courses: Basics to Advances”.
He has above 6 years of teaching experiences in various Indian Universities such as UPTU, BPUT, WBUT, CSVTU and also as an examiner of these universities. Previously he has been awarded Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacy for his thesis entitled 'Pharmacognostical, Phytochemistry, Analytical and Pharmacological Studies on the leaves of Sida acuta Burm f.(Family: Malvaceae)'. He also has an Executive MBA (Pharmaceutical Management) to his credit from PRIST School of Business, PRIST University, Tamil Nadu.
He has got more than 94 publications in various international and national peer review journals. He also published 5 books from Germany and 1 book from India. He has participated 16 International and National conferences, workshops, seminars, symposiums, conventions, QIP, FDP, SDP etc.
Previously he has been elected an associate of the Institution of Chemists(India)(2010), a fellow of the Indian Council of Chemists(2011), a fellow of the Indian Chemical Society(2011), a fellow of the Academy of General Education(2011), a fellow of the Society for Advancement of Electrochemical Science and Technology(2011), a honorary fellow of the Society of Life Sciences(2011), an associate and fellow of Academy of Sciences for Animal Welfare, India (2012) for his great contribution in education for pharmacy, chemistry, life sciences and allied fields.
Recently PharmaMirror.com interviewed Dr. Dibyajyoti Saha. Excerpts:
PhM: At a young age, you have achieved a number of awards and credentials, who is/was your inspiration?
In Bangladesh, those who have passed 10th in any group can take 3 months special courses designed and jointly conducted by Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Society and Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Chemists and Druggists Society can sit for the examination. Those who passed this course are categorized as ‘‘C grade’’ pharmacists by PCB. In India, no initiative was taken by any society or association or PCI.
In Bangladesh, 4 years B. Pharm (Honors) courses are available with 160 credits. In India, 4 years B. Pharm courses are also available with 236 credits. In Bangladesh at University of Dhaka offered 5years B. Pharm(Hons) programme, but the authority tried this five years course converted to 5 years Pharm.D programme - after final approval from Bangladesh Pharmacy Council.
In Bangladesh, 1 year Master of Pharmacy (thesis and non thesis group) courses are available. In India, 2 years full time regular Master of Pharmacy and /or with specification is available.
In Bangladesh, MS (Pharmaceutical Technology) courses are available instead of M. Pharm. The 1 year MS course is conducted by the University of Asia Pacific, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. As well as, the 1.5 years M.Pharm in Clinical Pharmacy and Molecular Pharmacology is conducted by the East West University. In India, many courses are available instead of 2 years M. Pharm.In Bangladesh, no Pharm. D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) is available. In India, 3 years Pharm. D. (Post Baccalaureate) courses after B. Pharm and 6 years Pharm. D. courses are available in various Indian Universities according to International Standard.
PhM: Do you think Pharm.D should be run ASAP in Bangladesh to make competent pharmacists? Please explain in few sentences.
DDS: In respect of clinical pharmacy practice it is more beneficial for pharmacists as well as health care sector. In India; Pharm .D (6 years), Pharm .D(P.B.)(3 years) are available from 2008. Pakistan and Nepal(from 2010) also introduced Pharm.D program.
PhM: What steps we may take to improve current pharmacy education system in Bangladesh?
DDS: GPAT is a post graduate pharmaceutical competitive examination entrance test which is conducted by the Govt of India in every year. Only quality graduates are passed this examination and after that they may be admitted for 2 years full time regular M.Pharm course with anyone specialization. GPAT is the one and only parameter which ensures the quality of any pharmacy graduate.
Now a days, mushrooms of universities conducted B.Pharm and M.Pharm course in Bangladesh which obviously no merit and without quality. It’s very much shameful and dangerous for pharmacy futures. Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh doesn’t take any initiative for GPAT type of examination. I believe if they take initiative in future then it may be possible but its reality is totally debatable matter in this country.
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