Gone are the days when a career in pharma was limited to a few select professions. With an expected annual growth rate of 8.5 per cent, the pharmaceutical industry has been growing by leaps and bounds in the recent years providing exceptional placement scope across the world.
The ‘brand India’ vis-à-vis the pharma industry has gradually evolved with the emergence of new segments of the industry, such as manufacturing, contract research services, nanotechnology, biopharmaceuticals and Indian system of medicines. As per the latest reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), “The future offers tremendous growth potential for Indian pharmaceutical companies. By 2020, world emerging markets such as India, Mexico, Turkey, China, Brazil and Russia will represent one-fifth of the total pharma turnover in the world.” This will open more job avenues in various government departments of Health and Welfare, National Defence, Agriculture & Environment, among others. Besides, aspirants can excel in their career in various chemical, food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries and drug control organisations, quality control, regulatory affairs and the like. Apart from the above, many global pharmaceutical companies have established R&D centres in India and are considering tapping India's talent. According to industry experts, analytical and communication skills are very crucial together with right qualification to have a successful career in these industries.
In the light of the increasing demand for pharma professionals and the need for a properly structured dynamic programme on Pharmaceutical Sciences, Apeejay Stya University (ASU) is offering various courses in Pharmaceutical Sciences at postgraduate and doctoral levels such as M. Pharm and PhD. The programmes of School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at ASU have been designed in collaboration with pharmaceutical industries of repute like Martin & Harris Pvt. Ltd, Walter Bushnell Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. and ASG Biochem Pvt. Ltd. The University has also set up a state-of-the-art R&D centre for pharmaceutical research, which further endeavours to impart holistic and experiential learning experience for the students.
Besides, the established Centre of Nanotechnology and Centre of Formulation Development & Analysis impart technical exposure to students in Novel Drug Delivery Systems and PKPD studies. Along with specialised subject knowledge, the programmes strive to shape employable professionals, while ensuring holistic development with its Liberal Arts approach.