The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) have impose ban on setting up of new pharmacy institutes till 2022 but it is not applicable to North East and states having less than 50 pharmacy institutes.
Dr Suresh Bhojraj president of PCI said, “Several technical institutes and nursing colleges saw a dip in the admissions. The buildings of these institutes were used to start pharmacy colleges. Right now more than 3000 pharmacy colleges have enrolled more than 1 lakh students in undergraduate course which is quiet sufficient to meet country’s need and to serve the global health workforce.”
Near about 1400 applications were received in 2019-20 to start new pharma colleges, out of which near about 842 were approved with a maximum of 541 institutions in Uttar Pradesh.
In Academic session 2017-18 Number of Pharmacy Institutes were 1809 and overall seats were 1,75,726, it has rapidly increased to 2,62,698 seats in total of 3276 Pharmacy Institutes in 2019-20 session. – The Indian Wire