Conglomeration of Pharmacy Professionals at 64th IPC 2012
All’s Well that Begins Well
“The challenge for the pharmacy professionals and pharmaceutical industries is to manufacture cost effective drugs that would reach all categories of the society. A strategy has to be developed to meet the demand of the pharmacy professionals in the primary health centers, said Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
The 64th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress witnessed a spectacular start as it was inaugurated by the Former President of India, the Visionary, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on December 6, 2012 at Dr. T. P. Ganesan Auditorium, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) Kattankulathur. Hosted by the Association of Pharmaceutical Teacher of India(APTI), the 64th IPC 2012 witnessed the august presence of the professionals from various fields of pharmacy across the world.
The theme of the conference of IPC 2012 is, ‘Pharmacy Education: Innovation, Strategies and Globalization’. The program was formally inaugurated with the lighting of the kuthuvilaku to invoke the blessings of the almighty for the success of the program. Mr. A .Krishna Dev, Secretary, Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA) delivered the welcome address. He explained the importance of strategies and innovation in the field of pharmacy education. He said that the 65th Indian Pharmaceutical congress would happen at Delhi. He recalled the inauguration of Indian Pharmaceutical Congress in the year 2003 by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and he added that he presented to the nation, the charter of Pharma vision 2020.
Dr. T. R. Pachamuthu, Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) explained the salient features of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). He gave a brief about the infrastructure and he detailed various resources available at the campus. K. Chinnaswamy, President, IPCA in his presidential address explained that the pharmacists have unprecedented opportunities in the era of globalization and the expanding roles and responsibilities. He maintained that the pharmacy education needs to respond to these challenges from a global perspective with appropriate strategies in this environment.
The dignitaries and the Chief Guest presented memorial awards and medals to the rank holders. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam presented an inspiring talk on ‘Paradigm Shift in Pharma Mission’. He stressed on research and development and he congratulated the organisers for choosing the relevant theme. He also touched on the topics, pharmacy and health care delivery, hospitals clinical pharmacy practice and moral leadership.
He emphasized the accessibility of cost effective drugs to the unprivileged groups. He said that at least three lakh deaths occur per year due to tuberculosis and that accounts to nearly 1000 deaths per day. He stressed on the importance of interdisciplinary studies in pharmacy field to improve the quality drug manufacture in the country. He said he is happy that about 120 post graduate pharma institutions have introduced doctor of pharmacy and clinical research.
He added that to keep pace with the changes in the international scenario of customer needs, Pharma industrialists have to aggressively shift paradigms and look beyond process development capabilities towards new drug research with adequate attention to quality, costs, and time dimensions. He emphasized the need for Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) capabilities for drug discovery research, new drug delivery systems, state-of-the-art packaging systems, automation, flexibility in manufacturing, and reliability of products. His awe inspiring speech was indeed a moment to cherish for all the delegates and participants of the congress.
Mr. J. Jayaseelan proposed the vote of thanks and he expressed the desire to have Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam for the inauguration of yet another Indian Pharmaceutical Congress in the coming decade at Chennai. The program came to an end with the national anthem. The three day congress comprises a range of events including 2600 poster presentation, 120 speakers, 20 symposia and participation of around 6000 delegates. The Chairman, the Pro Vice Chancellor and directors of various faculties were also present during the occasion. SRM has always been a trend setter in almost all the fields and the IPC 2012 is no exception to it.