National Pharmacy Education Day 2023

National Pharmacy Education Day was celebrated on March 6th, in honour of the birth anniversary of Professor Mahadeva Lal Schroff, who established pharmacy education in India. The day was designated by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) – a statutory body under the Ministry of Health, regulating pharmacy education and practice in India.

National Pharmacy Education Day 2023

On this occasion, Union Minister of State (HFW) Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar inaugurated a platform named Pharma Anveshan 2023, where academic research and the industry can exchange their findings for the benefit of society. He also launched the digital job portal called the ‘One Stop-Non Stop’. An MoU was also signed between the PCI and several pharma bodies to bridge the gap between industry and academia, boost training (of both faculty and students), promote entrepreneurship and boost infrastructure development.

Purposes of the initiatives launched on National Pharmacy Education Day

Pharma Anveshan 2023: It was launched to promote research, and innovation, and also to enhance industry and academia

One Stop – Non-Stop Digital Portal: To help the students coming from towns and villages. The portal will mainly provide information about job opportunities in the country

Who was Mahadeva Lal Schroff?

Mahadeva Lal Schroof is the Father of Indian Pharmacy Education. He was born in Darbhanga in Bihar in 1902. He was a graduate of the Engineering College at Banaras Hindu University. After completing his engineering he went to China, Japan and USA. He then earned his UG degree in chemistry and PG in microbiology and chemistry from MIT in the USA.

In 1935, he founded the United Provinces of Pharma Association. He was the editor of the Indian Journal of Pharmacy. He founded Bhaishaj Patrika, Bheshjayan, and the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress. He was the president of the State Pharmacist Association and also the President of the Pharmacy Council of India.

To honour him, the IPA established the “Father of Pharmacy Award”.




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