Meet the Dean

Hon. Dr. B. S. Kuchekar
Dean
Faculty of Pharmacy

It gives me a great pleasure to introduce our institute MAEER’s Maharashtra Institute of Pharmacy (MIP), Pune which is established in the year 1997 under the dynamic leadership of Hon. Prof. (Dr.) V. D. Karad, Founder, Executive president & Trustee MAEER’s MIT, Pune. MIP, Pune was established to cater the health care needs of the society.

Our college offers four years full time B. Pharm. course and two years full time M. Pharm. course (Quality Assurance Techniques, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics). In the span of 12 years MIP has proven its excellent academic standards in University of Pune. Our students are securing highest ranks in the merit list of University of Pune. The achievements of the student of Maharashtra Institute of Pharmacy, Pune, are praiseworthy not only for the excellent academic achievements, but also for their achievements in sports, extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

Our devoted faculty, committed staff and students contribute to make our institute a great pride. Well planned infrastructural facilities and laboratories provide students an inspiring environment. A well stacked library which has vast collection of books, journals (National & International) and educational CDs. gives a brighter edge.

We have a separate placement as well counseling cell in which we guide the students to solve their difficulties and problems. The placement cell invites many reputed pharmaceutical companies for the campus recruitments. Our students are pursuing their career in different segments of pharmaceutical field like research & development, production, academics, marketing, and business etc. Activities such as pharmacy student interaction (PSI) club give our students a platform to showcase their extra-curricular activities. With all this you will find learning at MAEER’s MIP, Pune as a rewarding experience.

We have a vision to become a leading center of pharmaceutical education and research. We have started a Ph. D. Centre for developing excellent research facilities for the benefit of the students and faculty. Our institute is also in process of forming a collaborative research projects with Industry. All the activities of the Institute are guided and supported by Hon. Prof. Dr. SuchitraNagare, Executive Director, MAEER’s MIT, Pune.
I am sure that with support of Management, staff, and students we will achieve our goals.

Hon. Dr. B. S. Kuchekar
Dean
Faculty of Pharmacy

Post Graduate (M. Pharm)

The M. Pharm. programme is approved by All India Council for Technical Education & admissions are made as per norms laid by AICTE, Govt. of Maharashtra & University of Pune)

Maharashtra college of pharmacy offering M.Pharm degree programme in three disciplines:

    • Quality Assurance Techniques

    • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    • Pharmaceutics

Department of Pharmacy offers courses in three specializations in the area of pharmaceutical sciences. These courses are useful for the candidates who want to develop career in the field of academic and research in educational institutes and industry. Institute has highly qualified, experienced staff to guide students in the field of research. Students under the guidance of their allotted guide choose the recent topics of research. Institute follow the anti-plagiarism policy and encourages original research work to be carried out by faculty and students. Department of Pharmacy has fetched research grant of Rs. 2 Crore from various funding agencies like Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). With higher qualification large numbers of avenues are open to enhance carrier in Pharma industry in several niche areas, including research, regulatory affairs, new formulation development, marketing, clinical project management and administration. With experience, an aspirant can move up the ladder to occupy senior positions in pharmaceutical companies getting good pay and perk.

Pharmaceutics

Pharmaceutics is the study and design of drug formulation for optimum delivery, stability, pharmacokinetics, and patient acceptance.Pharmaceutics is the discipline of pharmacy that deals with the process of turning a new chemical entity (NCE) into a medication to be used safely and effectively by patients. It is also called the science of dosage form design. There are many chemicals with pharmacological properties, but need special measures to help them achieve therapeutically relevant amounts at their sites of action.

Pharmaceutics helps relate the formulation of drugs to their delivery and disposition in the body.Pharmaceutics deals with the formulation of a pure drug substance into a dosage form. Pharmaceutics is the study of chemical moieties designed to make them the so called chemical moiety after undergoing clinical trials might be formulated into various dosage forms after thoroughly studying the toxic profiles. The preformulation studies leads to unit-operations and the chemical moiety is further designed into various compounding products, extemporaneous preparations and formulations leading to Novel drug delivery systems such as transdermal patches, microspheres, Nano particles, liposomes etc.

The stability of products is tested at two levels- Improvers and end product. Various microbiological testing for bacterial, virus and fungus are also done. The various pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics aspects of the dosage form are determined to conclude on the dosage regimen. It also includes Drug Regulatory affairs which assures proper manufacturing, packing, sale and distribution of the drug through the licensed authority only.

Current Scenario:

Globally, India ranks third in terms of manufacturing Pharma products by volume. India based pharmaceutical companies are not only fulfilling the country’s demands, they are also exporting to around 220 countries. They are exporting high quality, low cost drugs to many countries. Currently, the US is the biggest customer and accounts for 22 percent of the Pharmaceutical sector’s exports.

Pharmaceutical Market is ranked 14th in the world. By 2015 it is expected to reach top 10 in the world. More importantly, the incremental market growth of US$ 14billion over the next decade is likely to be the third largest among all markets. The demand for pharmaceutical products in India is significant and is driven by rising middle-class & disposable income, increased government & private spending on healthcare infrastructure, increasing medical insurance etc.

The Indian pharmaceutical industry is growing at about 8 to 9 percent annually according to “A Brief Report Pharmaceutical Industry in India”. The Pharmaceutical industry in India meets around 70% of the country’s demand for bulk drugs, drug intermediates, pharmaceutical formulations, chemicals, tablets, capsules, orals and injectables. There are approximately 250 large units and about 8000 Small Scale Units, which form the core of the pharmaceutical industry in India (including 5 Central Public Sector Units).

Currently, the pharmaceutical industry is also undergoing unprecedented changes. The introduction of product patent regime in 2005 has led to the return of pharmaceutical multinationals to India. Rather than copying the original preparation of foreign companies and producing generics by means of alternative production procedure, the Indian Pharma industry is now focusing on drugs developed in-house, contract research, contract production, and particularly in the conduct of clinical trials for western drug market.

Currently, the Indian Pharmaceutical Industries are taking much more efforts in research activities to register maximum number of Patents. The most important segment in the research activities of any of Pharmaceutical Organization is Formulation Development or Novel Drug Delivery System such as Mucoadhesive Drug Delivery System, Implants, Floating Drug Delivery System, Liposomes, Parentral Controlled Drug Delivery System, Resealed Erythrocytes, Targeted Drug Delivery System, Transdermal Drug Delivery System, Ocular Drug Delivery System, Protein and Peptide Drug Delivery System, Probiotics, Aerosols, Microencapsulation and Nanotechnology are current research topics in Pharmaceutical Industry.At present there are ample of job opportunities for well-educated and skilled Research Scientists in Pharmaceutical Research.

Subjects:

Subject Year
Pharmaceutics– I F.Y.B.Pharm
Modern Dispensing Practices F.Y.B.Pharm
Pharmaceutical Engineering F.Y.B.Pharm
Computer Applications & Bio-Statistics F.Y.B.Pharm
Physical Pharmacy S.Y.B.Pharm
Pharmaceutical Microbiology S.Y.B.Pharm
Pharmaceutics– II T.Y.B.Pharm
Pharmaceutical Business Management T.Y.B.Pharm
Pharmaceutics– III Final Year B. Pharm
Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics Final Year B. Pharm
Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence Final Year B. Pharm
Advanced Pharmaceutics M. Pharm.
Sterile Product Technology M. Pharm.
Research Methodology M. Pharm.
Formulations and development M. Pharm.
Novel Drug Delivery System M. Pharm.
Pharmaceutical Validation M. Pharm.
Drug Regulatory Affairs M. Pharm.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Chemistry is the study of the molecular and mechanistic aspects of pharmaceuticals. The discipline emphasizes the chemistry of drug design and development, drug action, drug transport, drug delivery, and targeting. The development of new pharmaceuticals is critically dependent on a molecular-level understanding of biological processes and mechanisms of drug action. Progress in the field now depends on the design and synthesis of new molecules using tools such as structure activity relationships, combinatorial chemistry, and computer-aided drug design.

In recent years rational design of drugs tuned to specific target sites is becoming a reality due to concurrent advances in chemistry and biology, including elucidation of the human genome. Chemists continue to be at the forefront of drug design, synthesis, testing, and development. Pharmaceutical Chemistry will emphasize the molecular basis underlying the creation of new drugs and health applications of bioactive compounds.

Current Scenario:

Pharmaceutical chemistry is a discipline at the intersection of chemistry, especially synthetic organic chemistry, and pharmacology and various other biological specialties, where they are involved with design, chemical synthesis and development for market of pharmaceutical agents, or bio-active molecules (drugs). In particular, Pharmaceutical chemistry in its most common guide focusing on small organic molecules encompasses synthetic organic chemistry and aspects of natural products and computational chemistry in close combination with chemical biology, enzymology and structural biology, together aiming at the discovery and development of new therapeutic agents.

Practically speaking, it involves chemical aspects of identification, and then systematic, thorough synthetic alteration of new chemical entities to make them suitable for therapeutic use. It includes synthetic and computational aspects of the study of existing drugs and agents in development in relation to their bioactivities (biological activities and properties), i.e., understanding their structure-activity relationships (SAR). Pharmaceutical chemistry is focused on quality aspects of medicines and aims to assure fitness for purpose of medicinal products.

Computer-assisted drug design (CADD), also called computer-assisted molecular design (CAMD), represents more recent applications of computers as tools in the drug design process. Quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) represent an attempt to correlate structural or property descriptors of compounds with activities. These physicochemical descriptors, which include parameters to account for hydrophobicity, topology, electronic properties, and steric effects, are determined empirically or, more recently, by computational methods. Activities used in QSAR include chemical measurements and biological assays. QSAR currently are being applied in many disciplines, with many pertaining to drug design and environmental risk assessment.

Quality Assurance Technique (QAT)

Introduction:

Basic need of any business is to satisfy the customers, which is rationally possible only through quality services and products; therefore quality should be built in the product. Central role of Quality Assurance (QA) is to assure the quality through well planned activities and not just by testing the quality of final product. Quality Assurance act as caretaker of the Pharmaceutical Quality System (PQS) which are necessary to build quality in to the services and products which means QA is essential for better business plans and progression. QA work as gate keeper of Quality of Pharmaceuticals with deep understanding of all stages of product design and development (F&D), analytical development (ADL), manufacturing operations (GMP), process validation & controls, etc 1,

Quality Assurance is the action of giving proof required to set up quality in work, required for all those planned or systematic actions essential to provide sufficient assurance that a product or service will fulfill the offered requirements for quality. Quality Assurance presents the guidelines which are ‘fit for function’ and ‘do it right the first time’. It can be obtained by presenting suitable standards and standard operating procedures (SOPs) in-house.

The pharmaceutical industry is the most regulated among all other industries. Each country has well established drug regulatory authorities controlling all regulatory aspects (research, manufacturing, transport, sales, safe disposal, etc.) of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostics and other health care needs viz. specialized foods articles and dietary supplements, etc.

In the globalized era and increased export-import (Exim) trade, health care articles moving internationally needs to comply standards of all the nations involved in Exim operations. QA plays pivotal role in meeting compliance to the regulations and standards. QA personals play central role to ensure that National (viz. USFDA, TGA, MHRA, etc.) regional (ASEAN, CIS, GCC, PANDRH, ENVISA, etc.) and global (WHO, ICH, PICs, etc.) regulations relevant to the concerned product are complied. In nutshell Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance section must ensure that the drug manufacturing process complies with government regulations and stringent manufacturing standards so that drugs are safe, effective and work as promised. National, regional and global regulatory authorities have their own set of regulations in the form of drug laws, good laboratory practice (GLP), good clinical practice (GCP), good manufacture practice (GMP), current GPM (cGMP), etc. combined together called GXPs. GXPs lay down requirements for high quality systems to ensure the availability of the pharmaceuticals with desired quality, purity, safety and efficacy.

In this view QA personnel are playing very vital role in drugs, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics and other health care (specialized foods articles and dietary supplements) quality aspects as it is the only effective link among all the pharmaceutical organization sections such as production, packing, QC, R&D (F&D, ADL, bulk, etc.), purchase, sales, warehouse & logistics, regulatory affairs, etc. In short QA plays vital role for pharmaceutical organization for it to be anticipating organization rather than reactive to situations. This is also true in view of current trend of continues changes in the existing regulation and introduction of new one e.g. herbal technology related regulations (global herbal perspective) by EMEA (herbal) and USFDA (Botanicals) guidelines as well as chines herbal medicine (CHM) and Japanese herbal regulations 5-8 . Quality unit (QA and QC) in each organization is concerned with quality of the services and product to protect the interest of the manufacturer and the user. QA plays vial role in these activities as it is caretaker of the Pharmaceutical Quality System (PQS) i.e. Quality Management

Eligibility

a) For Maharashtra Candidature Candidates and All India Candidature Candidates-

    • The candidate should be an Indian National.
    • Passed Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from any All India Council for Technical Education or Pharmacy Council of India or Central or State; Government approved institution, with at least 55% marks. (at least 50% marks in case of Backward Class category and Persons with Disability Candidates belonging to Maharashtra State only)
    • Obtained Non Zero Positive Score in Graduates Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) conducted by All India Council for Technical Education.
    • For sponsored candidates, minimum of two years of full time work experience in a registered firm/ company/ industry/ educational and/ or research institute/ any Government Department or Government Autonomous Organization in the relevant field in which admission is being sought.

b) NRI / OCI / PIO, Children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries, Foreign National –

    • Passed Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from any All India Council for Technical Education or Pharmacy Council of India or Central or State; Government approved institution, with at least 55% marks;
    • Any other criterion declared from time to time by the appropriate authority as defined under the Act.

Advisory Board

Dr. Bala Prabhakar: Dean, S. P. Patel School of Pharmacy & Technology Management, Mumbai
Dr. S. P. Boldhane : Vice-President, R & D Microlabs, Banglore
Mr. R. R. Kulkarni: Member (Ocean Herbal & Life Care Pvt Ltd. Pune)
Dr. S. Shimpi : Vice-president, centaur Pharmaceuticals, Pune
Dr. A. A. Giri: Senior scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
Dr. M. D. Karwekar: Member, Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi
Mr. Girish Pargaonkar : Vice President, Alembic Phamaceuticals
Mr. Sushrut Kulkarni : Senior Vice-president, Zydus Cadia
Mr. Manish Mutha: Vice-president, Mexico
Mr. Shirish Kulkarni : Senior Vice-president, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Baroda

Industry Affiliation

Events in association with industry and technical forums
Academic Year: 2016-2017.

Sr.No Date Resource Person and affiliation Topic Audience Remark/Co-coordinator
1 30.11.16 Dr. Mahavir Choughule, Missisipi Multitarget based nanoparticle for lung cancer Faculty, Ph.D. & M. Pharm Prof. CD Bobade
 2  20.7.16  Dr. Sander,
Rasa Life Sciences, Pune
 Career opportunities in Bioinformatics, Cheminformatics, Docking, Molecular modeling and Pharmacovigilance  Second and Final year B. Pharm  Prof. SA Polshettiwar
3  11.08.2016  Flt. Lt Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh   Development of Quality Man power for industry and other sector”   S Y B. Pharm.  Prof. GB Choudhari
 4  22.02.2017  Mr. A. Shirgaonkar,
CEO Insight System INC, Pune
 Personality Development and Job Opportunities  Final B. Pharm & M. Pharm   Dr. AP Kulkarni &
Dr. SC Jagdale
 5  02.03.2017  Mr. Santosh Kadam, General Manager, Tulip Lab.  Quality Assurance and its Importance in Regulatory Compliance  Final Year B. Pharm students  Prof. GB Choudhari
 6  23.3.2017  Mr. MR Sant,
Executive – HR & Admin, Sci-Edge
 Carrier as Scientific Officer  B. Pharm and M. Pharm.   Prof. SA Polshettiwar
 7  24.3.2017  Dr. Santosh Thakkar,
Senior Scientist, Janssen R&D
 Pharma Innovation  S Y B. Pharm.  Prof. SA Polshettiwar

Contact Us

Program Head:
Prof. (Dr.) Anil T. Pawar
E-Mail: anil.pawar@mippune.edu.in
Tel No. : +91-20-30273653.

Counselor:
Mr. Pankaj G. Shirbhate
E-Mail: pankaj.shirbhate@mippune.edu.in
Tel No. : +91-20-30273653, 30273673.