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Konkan Gyanpeeth Rahul Dharkar College of Pharmacy and Research Institute, Karjat had organized First Maharashtra State Pharmacists’ Convention in association with Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA MSB), Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association (MRPA), Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI), Maharashtra Pharmacists Association (MPA),  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dated 15th January 2017.  The theme for this event was “Phramacist: Vital component of health careVision 2020. The eminent guests Dr. Milind Umekar, Vice President APTI, Mr. Amar Damle Psychologist, Mr.B.E Khomne, Retired Joint Commissioner FDA, R.T. Lohiya Professor, Kailash Tandale President MRPA, Shashank Mhatre President Raigad Forum, were present for this event.

The program was inaugurated by Dr Umekar, along with all the dignitaries with “Deep Prajwalan” ceremony. Dr. Mohan Kale, Principal welcomed guests and briefed about the objectives of the convention. He urged pharmacist to  be Patient oriented with proper counseling, education and awareness to develop a rapport with patients. Dr. Milind Umekar in his inaugural speech gave detail information about pharmacist profession. In this he explained awareness about profession, abilities of pharmacist and their role in community and also informed  about role of PCI and  uniform syllabus implementation.

Mr. B.E Khomne had given brief talk on the strength of pharmacists, regulation of pharmacy field, role of pharmacist in today’s world. He urged all qualified registered pharmacists to be on one platform for uplifting the profession.

Mr. Amar Damle gave Key note address on the theme and addressed the gathering on the qualities of pharmacists, psychological behavior, emotional intelligence  and to work with positive thoughts and insisted to start loving whatever good things you do in life. In this he also said that pharmacist image should be not as like traders, but should be like a counselor and caretaker of the patients.

Mr. Zulkarnain Dabhiya, Treasurer inaugurated Poster presentation competition and felicitated Dr Milind Umekar, Mr. Vijay Mande, LMC Member and Dr.P.Y.Shirodkar shared their wishes. All teaching and nonteaching staff graced this event. R.T.Lohiya delivered on opportunities for pharmacist in different career field. Shashank Mahtre addressed the delegates to purchase medicines from registered qualified Pharmacists only. Kailash Tandale briefed about the present scenario of pharmacy profession. About 300 pharmacy delegates from Maharashtra were present for this programme. In this convention Pharmacist issues, concerns, interactions were held amongst all in open session and  several resolutions were taken for future implementation. Important are 1. They demanded compliance of Drug Controller General of India  (DCGI)’s notification making it mandatory for pharma companies to appoint pharmacist at manufacturing facilities, for regulatory complains of norms stipulated to ensure quality of the products. 2. The convention also noted that despite regular appeals, the MSPC, were yet to fill in vacant posts of registered pharmacist in state hospitals as per the pharmacy practice regulation 2015.    The poster competition held on this occasion is won by Aishvarya Barshi   from K.G.R.D.CP&R.I. Karjat. Mr.Pritam Juvatkar anchored the event.

Mr. Sandeep Waghulde, Mrs. Priyanka Kalamkar, Mr.Pritam Juvatkar, Mr. Pravin Naik  were convener of this event. All teaching and nonteaching staff with their valuable support, participation of pharmacists and blessings of eminent personalities made this event a grand success.

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