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Published on:JANUARY 2018
Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, 2018; 52(1):10-20
Original Article | doi:10.5530/ijper.52.1.2

A Study on the Perceived Gap in Between Industry and Academia with Reference to the Curriculum of Post-Graduate Courses In Pharmaceutical Sciences in india


Authors and affiliation (s):

Gouri Palsokar, Madhukar Tajne

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur Maharashtra.INDIA.

Abstract:

The rapid growth of pharmaceutical industry in India has resulted into an increased demand for skilled and trained graduates and post-graduates in pharmaceutical sciences over the last decade. Over a period of time due to the rapid development and changing technology, academic institutions have not been able to produce pharmacists who are productive and readily employable. Thus, resulting in a gap between industry and academia. Aim: The present study aims to identify the gap which exists in industry and academia by taking views of select professionals from the pharmaceutical industry and faculty from academic institutions. Attempts have also been made to explore various measures suggested by respondents to bridge the gap between industry and academia. Methods: A questionnaire was administered to the faculty of academic institutions and professionals working in different areas of the pharmaceutical industry across India by meeting them personally.320 faculty from 38 academic institutions and 312 professionals from 30 industries were selected for the study. Results: Results were quantified on the basis of their M. Pharm specialisations or their area of work in the industry. 90% of faculty and 94% of professionals from industry responded to the survey. Data was analysed statistically by applying Proportionality test. More than 80% of academicians and people from industry opined that there exists a gap in industry and academia whereas, they had differences of opinion about additional courses to be taken by students so as to make them industry ready and readily employable. Conclusion: Revamping of post graduate education in pharmaceutical sciences by focusing on industry –academia collaboration, building fundamental concepts, emphasizing practical exposure to latest technologies and techniques used in industry, encouraging faculty and students for industrial training can help bridge the gap in industry and academia.

Key words: Pharmaceutical Education, Post Graduate Courses, Industry- Academia Linkage, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Proportionality test.

 

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