Published On: Sat, Nov 26th, 2011

PCI bars new admissions in 7 Colleges

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Pharmacy Council of IndiaPharmacy Council of India, the apex body for pharmacy education and profession has barred new admissions in seven pharmacy colleges in Andhra Pradesh from the ensuing academic year 2012-13. PCI took the action against the colleges for admitting more students than permitted by it under the Education Regulation Act, 1999.

PCI has informed the Andhra state govt. of the violation and has asked it to initiate action against them. Since it has barred new admissions, PCI also asked the govt. not to include these colleges in Eamcet counselling next year.

With this order, the standoff between the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and PCI over control of pharmacy colleges has taken a new turn.

The college authorities claim that their increased intake of up to 200 seats is as per AICTE approval and that PCI’s order is unilateral and unjustified. They have also urged PCI to sort out the problem with AICTE in best interest of students already enrolled in the courses. Unlike AICTE, PCI gives approval for only 60 seats in a pharmacy college . PCI’s contention is that AICTE has given indiscriminate approval to the increase in student intake without conducting proper inspections to see whether the infrastructure and faculty in the colleges is adequate.

Pharmacy Council of India has made it clear that it will not recognise the degrees awarded to students by colleges that gave admissions in excess of the number approved by PCI.