India’s only Dedicated Platform for Pharmaceutical Packaging

PharmaPack 2017, now in it’s 9th Edition, is India’s only and dedicated exhibition on pharmaceutical packaging. PharmaPack 2017 will showcase the latest innovations in pharmaceutical packaging technologies and solutions.

The Total Packaging & Processing Show of PharmaPack 2017 concurrently organised with Intelpack-2017, Foodtek 2017 and SupplyChain Expo 2017 on floor space of over 12000 sq. mtrs. The show will attract over 250 Exhibitors and more than 12,000 trade visitors from India and overseas.

The global pharmaceutical industry is projected to grow markedly through the decade, reaching $1.4 trillion and 4.5 trillion doses of medicines by 2020. It is growing rapidly in kind and is expected to surpass $100 billion globally by 2019.

The pharmaceutical packaging sector is expected to grow the fastest among all packaging industry sectors, growing at a five-year CAGR of 3.9 percent through 2019*.

The global pharmaceutical industry is presently undergoing swift expansion, a lot of technology innovations and rapid advancements in manufacturing processes and integrations and these factors are auguring growth of the pharmaceutical packaging industry globally. Due to increasing generic and contract manufacturing activities in Asian countries especially India and China, the emerging geographies are expected to register maximum growth.

The Indian pharmaceutical packaging market is driven by new pharmaceutical products, increasing demand for blister packaging, the growth in anti-counterfeiting and other sophisticated packaging, online printing technology, and investment in R&D across different therapeutic areas

In order to recognise & bring in forefront, the industry leaders who are driving the fast track growth in the industry, India Packaging Awards were launched in 2016 & proved extremely successful. It served as the first and only platform which recognised the Pharmaceutical Packaging Industry for their efforts, contribution & innovation. The top notch industry professionals came together for an evening which was specifically dedicated to celebrate the glory of Indian pharmaceutical packaging industry.


Pharmacy Education in India

Pharmacy education in India traditionally has been industry and product oriented. In contrast to the situation in developed nations, graduate pharmacists prefer placements in the pharmaceutical industry. To practice as a pharmacist in India, one needs at least a diploma in pharmacy, which is awarded after only 2 years and 3 months of pharmacy studies. These diploma-trained pharmacists are the mainstay of pharmacy practice. The pharmacy practice curriculum has not received much attention. In India, there has been a surge in the number of institutions offering pharmacy degrees at various levels and a practice-based doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program was started in some private institutions in 2008. However, relatively little information has been published describing the current status of complex pharmacy education of India. In this paper we describe pharmacy education in India and highlight major issues in pharmacy practice including deficiencies in curriculum. The changing face of the profession is discussed, including the establishment of the PharmD program. The information presented in this paper may stimulate discussion and critical analysis and planning, and will be of value in further adaptation of the pharmacy education to desired educational outcomes.


Issue of dual control of pharmacy education in India by Pharmacy Council of India and All India Council for Technical Education has been affecting quality and prospects of pharmacy professionals for some time now. No initiative has been taken by the Central government to sort out this issue even after repeated representations by the PCI and pharmacy professionals in the past. In 2015, PCI made an appeal to all the pharmaceutical associations, pharmacy professionals and new graduates to come together on one platform to press for a single regulating body for the pharmacy education in the country. Nothing much happened even after that appeal. PCI is upset mainly because AICTE is also sanctioning new pharmacy colleges and conducting periodical inspections of these institutions without the knowledge of PCI. In view of this, there is confusion existing among the pharmacy colleges, students and common man as to which authority is actually responsible to ensure standards for the pharmacy education and the profession. Now, the State Pharmacy Council of Kerala has brought in a resolution into the central committee meeting of the PCI last week once again urging the Central government to do away with the AICTE control on pharmacy courses in the country.

PCI is the authority entrusted only to lay down the curricula and other educational norms for various pharmacy courses in the country. AICTE, on the other hand, has the statutory power to regulate the educational programmes in engineering, technology, architecture, town planning, management, applied arts and crafts, hotel management & catering technology besides deciding standards of degree and PG programmes in pharmacy conducted by academic institutions affiliated to various universities. Every year AICTE conducts inspections of pharmacy colleges during the December – January period. PCI also sends its officials to pharmacy colleges for conducting the same inspections every year. AICTE has been granted the authority to sanction new pharmacy colleges as pharmacy education is considered to be a technical education. It is because of the existence of these two bodies doing the same function, the number of pharmacy colleges has gone up to undesirable levels in the country today. Many of the pharmacy colleges have no adequate number of faculty and even basic infrastructure affecting quality of the professionals coming out. Pharmacy education needs to be periodically improved a lot from the current level if India has to reach global standards. For achieving this, it would be ideal that a single authority like PCI is made accountable for regulating and developing it. AICTE already has the responsibility to oversee several other technical education programmes in the country.

Pharmacy education stands to be the corner stone for improving employability of upcoming pharma professionals in India as well as in overseas countries.It is imperative that for improving quality of pharmacy education,there is need for framing world class infrastructure and highly qualified faculties, which can well equipped newer professionals to meet with global standards of employment.

The current controversy prevailing beteen the two bodies responsible for pharmacy education in india such as Pharma council of india and All council of Technical education need to be resolved by central government and only pharmaceutical council of India should be empowered for promoting and improving pharmacy education in India.

The central government should sanction special budgets to Pharmaceutical council of India for developing world class infrastructure and highly qualified faculties to meet pharma professionals quality with global standards.