Pharmacist Day Celebration


The SRM College of Pharmacy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), celebrated ‘Pharmacist Day’ on September 25, 2013. The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) strongly recommends to commemorate ‘World Pharmacist Day’ on 25th September every year. Taking cue from the FIP , the Pharmacy Council of India passed a declaration to announce the official observing of  ‘Pharmacist Day’ from 2013. It can be proudly said that SRM College of Pharmacy was the first to celebrate the inaugural ‘Pharmacist Day’ in the whole of Tamil Nadu this year. The event was held in collaboration with the Indian Pharmaceutical Association, at Dr. T. P. Ganesan Auditorium, Mini Hall.

The day’s events began with a welcome address by Dr.K.S.Lakshmi, Dean, SRM College of Pharmacy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). The presidential address by Dr.M.Ponnavaiko, Vice-Chancellor, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), followed, on this year’s theme for ‘Pharmacist Day’ – “Pharmacists: Simplfying Medicine use, no matter how complex it is”.
The Chief Guest for the day was Thiru.S.Abdul Khader, Director of Drugs Control, Tamil Nadu, who enlightened the audience with several noteworthy proceedings of his department. 

The keynote speech by Thiru.T.Elango, Registrar, Tamil Nadu Pharmacy Council, served as a facelift for the pharmacists in the healthcare system. Felicitations on the occasion were delivered by Dr.N.Chandraprabha, Director, Health Sciences, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) and Thiru.J.Jayaseelan, Secretary, Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Various awards were presented to eminent contributors to the pharmacy profession as part of the events. Life time achievement awards to, Prof.Dr.K.Chinnaswamy, President, Tamil Nadu Pharmacy Council and Thiru.T.Elango,Registrar, Tamil Nadu Pharmacy Council, were presented. Awards for outstanding achievement in the Pharma field were presented to Prof.C.Ramaswamy, Professor, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice, SRM College of Pharmacy,SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) and Dr.K.Ilango, Dean, ISISM, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). Best pharmacist award was presented to Thiru.S.Venugopal, Senior Pharmacist,SRM Hospital and Research Centre. Prizes for academic proficiency in B.Pharm, M.Pharm and Pharm.D programmes and for winners of various competitive events, organized in the days prior to the Pharmacist Day celebration were distributed. 

A voluntary blood donation camp was also organized by the SRM College of Pharmacy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), in the SRM Hospital and Research Centre, as part of the day’s events. Medicinal plant saplings were planted in the medicinal garden adjacent to the College of Pharmacy on that day. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Dr.V.Chitra, Vice-Principal, SRM College of Pharmacy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). In a nutshell, the program proved to establish the stand of the pharmacist amidst other healthcare professionals and also served as an encouraging boost to emerging young pharmacists.