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Here is some more bitter pill for state's pharmacy colleges. The Joint Admission Committee for Professional Courses (JACPC) has decided not to allow admissions in 31 out of the 87 self-financed pharmacy colleges as they have still not taken accreditation from the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI). As many as 4,000 seats had remained vacant in pharmacy colleges across the state last year. Gujarat has 87 SFI pharmacy colleges but only 56 of them with 3,461 seats are registered with PCI. There are some colleges where the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved 120 seats but PCI has allowed only 60. There are nine colleges which have no PCI approval at all.
Last year, Gujarat high court had pulled up the authorities after many students who had passed out from the colleges not approved by PCI were left in the lurch. The admission committee had asked such colleges on December 31, 2011 to get PCI approval, warning that in case they failed admissions would not be allowed. These colleges have still not got the approval. Member-secretary of the committee, M. N. Patel, said: "We will not allow admissions in 31 self-financed pharmacy colleges which have not sought PCI accreditation. We had sent letters to all these colleges with warning." Officials said that students who pass out of colleges not having PCI accreditation would not be able to practise as pharmacists.
Courtesy: Times of India
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