M. Pharmacy Regulations as per PCI
No. 14-136/ 2014-PCI.—In exercise of the powers conferred by Sections 10 and 18 of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 (8 of 1948), the Pharmacy Council of India, with the approval of the Central Government hereby makes the following regulations; namely–
Chapter - I
1. Short Title and Commencement
- These regulations may be called the Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm) Course Regulations 2014.
- They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
- Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm) shall consist of a certificate, of having passed the course of study and examination as prescribed in these regulations, for the purpose of registration/addition of qualification as a pharmacist for practicing the profession under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
2. Duration of the course
- The duration of the M.Pharm course shall be of two academic years full time with each academic year spread over a period of not less than two hundred working days.
- The study of M.Pharm course shall be of annual system which includes M.Pharm (Part-I) extending for 12 months from the commencement of the academic term and M.Pharm (Part-II) of another 12 months duration.
- At the end of M.Pharm (Part-I) there shall be a university examination of M.Pharm (Part-I). At the end of M.Pharm (Part-II) the candidate shall submit a dissertation on the topic approved by the university.
Chapter - II
3. Minimum qualification for admission to M.Pharm (Part-I) programme
A pass in the following examinations -
- B.Pharm degree examination of an Indian University established by law in India from an institution approved by Pharmacy Council of India and has scored not less than 55% of the maximum marks (aggregate of four years of B.Pharm).
Provided that –
- There shall be reservation of seats for the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in accordance with the instructions issued by the Central Government/State Government/Union Territory Administration, as the case may be, from time to time.
- For SC/ST candidates the prescribed percentage of marks will be 50% of the maximum marks (aggregate of four years of B.Pharm).
- Every student, selected for admission to postgraduate pharmacy course in any of the pharmacy institution in the country should have obtained Registration with the State Pharmacy Council or should obtain the same within one month from the date of his admission, failing which the admission of the candidate shall be cancelled.
4. Approval of Post Graduate Pharmacy courses and examination.
- No person, institution, society or university shall start and conduct M.Pharm programme or increase number of admissions without the prior approval of the Pharmacy Council of India.
- Any person, institution, society or university for the purpose of obtaining approval under sub-section (1) of section 12 of the Pharmacy Act shall submit a scheme.
- The scheme referred to in sub-regulation (b) above, shall be in such form and contain such particulars and be preferred in such manner and be accompanied with such fee as may be prescribed by the Pharmacy Council of India.
- The approval to a Post Graduate Course shall be granted initially for a specified period not exceeding 5 year, after which it shall have to be renewed.
- The procedure for ‘Renewal’ of approval shall be same as applicable for the grant of approval.
- Failure to seek timely renewal of approval as required in sub-regulation-4(d) shall invariably result in stoppage of admissions to the concerned Post Graduate course.
Eligibility for conducting Post Graduate Courses -
- The institutions approved by the Pharmacy Council of India for running Bachelor of Pharmacy course under section 12 or institutions established by the Central Government/State Govt. for the purpose of imparting postgraduate pharmacy education shall be eligible for starting any postgraduate degree course.
Provided that the Pharmacy Council of India shall exempt any such existing/proposed specialist institution or autonomous body owned and managed by the Central Government/State Government from fulfilling the prescribed provision of having an undergraduate teaching facility and allow starting Postgraduate pharmacy course.
- The institutions approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act for running Undergraduate course, prior to the implementation of these regulations and conducting Post Graduate programmes in Pharmacy (M.Pharm.) or institutions established by the Central Government/State Govt. for the purpose of imparting postgraduate Pharmacy education shall within one year from the date of notification of these regulations apply to the Pharmacy Council of India as mentioned in sub-regulation ‘4.1(b)’ above.
- The maximum number of students for a postgraduate pharmacy course, who can be registered in any recognised department / institution for training for the award of postgraduate degree by the affiliating university, shall be determined by the facilities available in the department/ institution in terms of infrastructure, teaching staff and teaching material.
Provided that the Pharmacy Council of India shall not approve any institution under these regulations unless it provides adequate arrangements for teaching in regard to building, accommodation, laboratories, equipments, teaching staff, non-teaching staff, etc., as specified in to these regulations.