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‘India is largest producer of vaccines globally; have produced 60% of the world’s vaccines during COVID’ 

Celebrating National Pharmacy Week at School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Apeejay Stya University, eminent leaders from the pharma sector brainstorm on the future roadmap.

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In line with the 61st National Pharmacy Week (NPW), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon is celebrating the event in collaboration with Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) and Martin & Harris Pvt. Ltd. The theme for this annual event is “Pharmacy of the World-India”.

The key focus is to create awareness among the public, healthcare providers and the students about the theme of NPW, and primarily about the pharmacy profession as well as role of pharmacist in general for the upliftment of the society.  

On the sideline, several key initiatives and activities are being held. The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) for conducting workshops, special short-term professional programme, personality development programme and other cooperative efforts set forth between two parties.

As IPA plays an integral role in executing NPW across the country, keeping this in mind, SPS planned a day long seminar at ASU campus, in which dignitaries associated with IPA visited to deliver the technical sessions related to the theme to the students.  

The one-day event started with the opening remarks on the theme by Dr Anupama Diwan, Dean of SPS, in which she emphasised,  “India is the largest exclusive generic medicine exporter in the world. Every 3rd pill in the country is produced from India. We are the world’s largest producer of vaccines and have produced 60% of the world’s vaccines during COVID pandemic. Though we are growing at a fast pace, we still need to compete with China, as most of the API is being taken from the China market.”

She also added, “There are a lot of initiatives to be taken to inculcate the research environment in India, and the need to spread awareness to common people about rational use of medicines. For this we at ASU are educating nearby school students and village people about rational use of medicines.” 

She welcomed all invited guests with plant sapling and thanked IPA members for their visit to university for a knowledge sharing session.

Further, Mr. Kalhan Bazaz, President of IPA, gave an insight on IPA, its functions and role to bridge Industry, Academia and Regulators.

Subsequently, technical sessions were conducted by the esteemed speakers. Dr. Bhawana Gupta, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, New Delhi gave an insight on the title “Pharmacy of the World-India” and an overview on the role of regulatory affairs.

After this insightful session, Dr. Mymoona Akhtar, Professor, Dept of Pharma Chemistry, SPER, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi and Director, Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation shared her opinion on “Academic perspective of being a pharmacist”. 

Lastly, Dr Diwan felicitated Dr. Bhawana Gupta and Dr. Mymoona Akhtar with memento as a token of remembrance. The event concluded with a vote of thanks extended by event coordinator, Dr. Rani Mansuri followed by the National Anthem. 

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.

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