Mother Theresa Institute in Pondicherry to start 2-year D pharm courses in Ayurveda, Siddha, Homoeopathy

The Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research
Institute of Health Sciences in Pondicherry will
start two-year diploma courses in Ayurveda
Pharmacy, Siddha Pharmacy and Homoeopathy
Pharmacy from this academic year onwards, said
Dr R Murali, dean of the Institute.
This is the first time a health educational
institution in Pondicherry is starting D Pharm
course in Ayush subjects. Gujarat Ayurveda
University in Ahmedabad and Aringar Anna
Hospital of ISM in Chennai are the other two
institutes in India conducting D Pharm course in
Ayurveda and in Siddha.
The dean said the department of ISM in the
college is conducting the course in collaboration
with the Ayush department of Pondicherry
government. Message about the commencement
of the course has been sent to the Ayush
department in New Delhi. On completion of the
course, the students will have one month
internship in the ISM PHCs and private clinics in
“We got the approval from the government for
starting the course. Now we are waiting for
affiliation from Board of Medical Education,
government of Pondicherry. The course will be
started from this academic year,” he added.
The syllabus of the course will include basic
anatomy, physiology, properties of medicine,
manufacturing process, pharmacology,
pharmacognozy and dispensing practice. Besides,
there will be special papers on drugs store
management, computer application in pharmacy
and health education, the dean said.
Dr K Gopal, principal of the College of Pharmacy
at the Institute said the first three batches will be
absorbed by the Pondicherry government as there
are a lot of vacancies for Ayush pharmacists in
the hospitals and PHCs in the union territory at
present. He said three of the twelve laboratories
in the college are set aside for practical purpose
of the students joining the course. The basic
qualification of the applicant is 10+2.
Dr T Thirunarayanan, secretary of the Centre for
Traditional Medicines and Research said,
previously there was a proposal to start the
diploma course in Siddha in Pondicherry,
subsequently discussion was held with Ayush
secretary. But later it was found that the job
opportunity for the course was very less there,
and the same situation is continuing still now. He
said after three years all the Siddha D Pharm
certificate holders will become jobless.
However, he suggested that the Pondicherry
government could send a minimum of ten
students each to the government Siddha colleges
at Palayamkottai in Thirunelveli and at
Arumbakom in Chennai for the same course and
on completion of the course they could be
appointed as ISM Pharmacists at the PHCs in
Pondicherry. Else, after five years, Pondicherry will
become a state of jobless Siddha pharmacists, he
source : similima

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