History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh

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History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh

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Do you know how and when Pharmacy education in Bangladesh started?

Actually, Bangladesh was the part of Pakistan before liberation war. Pakistan of this time was West Pakistan and Bangladesh of this time was East Pakistan. Pakistan was formed in 1947 by the division of Asian subcontinent. There was no institution for Pharmacy study. Because of great opportunity in abroad and multinational Pharmaceutical industry creation leads Lahore University to open Pharmacy department in 1948. Regular discrimination to the East Pakistan in every aspect also affected pharmacy education. As a result East Pakistan student didn't have the chance to study pharmacy though they have enough merit.

Do you know who was the founder of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh ?

When student of East Pakistan are faces discrimination by the West Pakistan in Pharmacy education. He felt the importance of Pharmacy education. So, he tried to admit some students in Pharmacy department in Lahore University. But only 2 to 4 got chance every year.

In 1950's only few pharmaceuticals were here in East Pakistan. Medicine demand of the East Pakistan was fulfilled by imported medicine. This demand was rising day by day. So, some multinational company like Albert David, Glaxo and Baroz came here build production facilities, which also creates job opportunity. These opportunities also open the door of pharmacy education in East Pakistan.

Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar was the initiator of Pharmacy education in Dhaka University. Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Dr. Mahmud Hossain help to make a scheme for the establishment of the Pharmacy department in the Dhaka University. This plan had been sent to Planning Commission for several times. But Planning commission refused all the times. The main cause of refusal was lack of teacher of this discipline. Though Lahore University teachers were also not Pharmacists. After more than one decade Pharmacy Study started in Karachi University.

Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar again started to set up the platform for Pharmacy department. At that time, Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed was selected as Chairman. He sent some meritorious students for higher studies, who played as teacher later on. After approval of the Pharmacy Department of the Pharmacy Department of the Dhaka University, syllabus has been designed as London School of Pharmacy which is recognized by the rest of the world at that time. First class of the Pharmacy department started at the Biochemistry department at the Carzon Hall. Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar was selected as the first Chairman of Pharmacy Department.

When Pharmacy Course in Bangladesh started?

Pharmacy Department was started by starting B.Pharm degree in 1964. In response to pharmacy students protest B . Pharm degree is converted to B.Pharm (Hons) in 1965. First batch students of Pharmacy department were passed in 1967.

Do you know the number of first batch students graduated in Pharmacy department of University Dhaka ?

Only 20 students were in the first batch. There are some teachers who teaches Pharmacy students like Professor Ali Nawab (Chemistry), Dr. Farid Udding (DMCH), Ansari (Albert David).

When Master Pharmacy (M-Pharmacy) in Bangladesh started?

First M Pharm course started in 1969. Number of student in the M Pharm course is 3 to 4 students. In 1969 Pharmacy department got some meritorious teachers. In 1970 M Pharm course was divided into 2 groups that is thesis and Non thesis.

When Ph.D (Pharmacy) in Bangladesh started?

In 2003 this faculty established 3 independent departments. Those independent departments are Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacology, final one is Pharmaceutical Technology. These 3 departments offer Master of Pharmacy and post graduation degree M Phil and Ph.D .

Reference: http://www.univdhaka.edu/department/pharmacy/index.php

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