BACHELOR OF PHARMACY EDUCATION IN UNIVERSITIES OF BANGLADESH

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Bangladesh is a populated country and the literacy rate is still very poor by the comparison with other countries. After 1971, the
University of Dhaka had been the only institution offering pharmacy education in Bangladesh and it took almost 14 years to establish the second Department of Pharmacy in Jahangirnagar University in 1985. To enhance pharmacy education in Bangladesh, new pharmacy departments have been established in other public universities.

However, all these departments are suffering from lack of space, class rooms, laboratory facilities and specialized equipments and more importantly qualified faculty members. Public universities follow yearly system of four years degree course.

List of
public universities offering B. Pharm. (Hons.) courses in Bangladesh:

1) University: University of Dhaka

Location: Dhaka

Year of Establishment: 1964

Accreditation by PCB: Permanent

2) University: Jahangirnagar
University

Location: Savar

Year of Establishment: 1985

Accreditation by PCB: Permanent

3) University: Rajshahi University

Location: Rajshahi

Year of Establishment: 1990

Accreditation by PCB: Permanent

4) University: Khulna University

Location: Khulna

Year of Establishment: 1997

Accreditation by PCB: Permanent

5) University: Noakhali Science and
Technology University

Location: Noakhali

Year of Establishment: 2006

Accreditation by PCB: Temporary

6)University: Jagannat University

Location: Dhaka

Year of Establishment: 2009

Accreditation by PCB: N/A

PCB: Pharmacy
Council of Bangladesh. The official It is the authority of the government to
regulate and accreditate the pharmacy education in Bangladesh.

First Public University for B. Pharm. (Hons.)
Course in Bangladesh:

University of Dhaka is the first Public University
in Bangladesh for B. Pharm (Hons.) course. The faculty of pharmacy at the University
of Dhaka has been serving as a model for other progressive pharmacy,
particularly in private sectors throughout the country. In 1964,
Pharmacy education started its endless journey under the supervision of
Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar. Firstly, the 3-year Bachelor in Pharmacy course was
offered initially to the 24 students. However, later on, complying with the
demands of the students,, the 3-year B. Pharm. (Hons.) program was upgraded to
the 4 year B. Pharm. (Hons.) program with a panoptic change in the curriculum.

Bachelor of Pharmacy
education in private Universities:

The establishment of private university in
Bangladesh was initiated through the Private University Act 1992. Until 2010, day by day increasing demand of the
Pharmacists, 22 Private Universities in Bangladesh are offering B. Pharm (Hons)
courses. The universities conducting pharmacy courses are not smoothly
distributed throughout the country. For instance, out of the 22 universities,
18 are located in the capital city Dhaka and the rest of them are located in
Chittagong. There is no private university in Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet,
Barisal, Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Comilla regions to offer pharmacy courses.

However, most of the Private Universities offering
pharmacy courses do not have their own campuses. Although the UGC (University
Grants Commission) and PCB have been trying to upgrade the pharmacy education
in Bangladesh, there are still a lot to be accomplished.

List of
private universities offering pharmacy courses in Bangladesh:

SL. No.

Name of University

Location

Year of Establishment

Accreditation

by PCB

1

University
of Science and Technology, Chittagong

Chittagong

1994

*PA

2

The
University of Asia Pacific Dhanmondi

Dhaka

1996

PA

3

Gono
Biswabiddyalay

Dhaka

1998

PA

4

Manarat
International University

Dhaka

2003

PA

5

State
University of Bangladesh

Dhaka

2003

PA

6

East-West
University

Dhaka

2003

PA

7

Southeast
University

Dhaka

2003

PA

8

Northern
University

Dhaka

2003

PA

9

Primeasia
University

Dhaka

2003

PA

10

Stamford
University Bangladesh

Dhaka

2003

PA

11

University
of Development Alternative

Dhaka

2002

PA

12

North South
University

Dhaka

2005

PA

13

Dhaka
International University

Dhaka

2006

PA

14

Southern
University Bangladesh

Chittagong

2006

PA

15

International
Islamic University, Chittagong

Chittagong

2006

PA

16

BGC Trust
University of Bangladesh

Chittagong

2006

PA

17

Bangladesh
University

Dhaka

----

PA

18

Atish
Dipankar University of Science and Technology

Dhaka

----

PA

19

Daffodil
International University

Dhaka

----

PA

20

World
University of Bangladesh

Dhaka

----

PA

21

Brac
University

Dhaka

----

---

22

ASA
University

Dhaka

---

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*PA= Provisional Accreditation

First Private University for B.Pharm. (Hons.)
Course in Bangladesh:

University of Science & Technology, Chittagong
(USTC) is the first private university in Bangladesh where a B. Pharm (Hons.)
Course has been introduce. From the view of importance to pharmacy profession
and its role in the improvement of health care systems, the authority of
University of Science & Technology, Chittagong (USTC) established the
Department of Pharmacy in 1993 under the Faculty of Basic Medical and
Pharmaceutical Sciences .It is the only private university which follow yearly system of four years degree
course like as public university.

REFERENCES:

  1. http://www.pharmadu.net
  2. http://www.univdhaka.edu/department/pharmacy/index.php
  3. http://www.bps-bd.org
  4. http://www.ustc.ac.bd/faculty-details.php
  5. Directorate General of Drug
    Administration of Bangladesh, web: http://www.ddabd.org/contacts.htm,
  6. http://www.northsouth.edu/html/dphr.htm
  7. http://www.nstu.edu.bd/
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Comments

Ph. Bhagavan P S RPh's picture

Good that Bangla desh is moving ahead in pharma education.

A word of advise / caution:

Please learn from the mistakes we have committed in India.

Please do not emulate Indian pattern.

Please make pharmacy education a more field opriented one than a class room subject.

Include more of current pharma issues and technologies in the curriculim.

Involve field experts in the faculty and do not blindly prescribe PG and PhD for teaching faculty.

This is necessary in the best interest of the future of young upcomming pharmacist.

Good luck and good wishes

 

 

Bhagavan P.S. B Pharm

Rtd. Dy Dir.(Pharmacy),Govt of Karnataka, India

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