For pharmacy enthusiasts, there couldn’t be a happier place than the Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (DIPSAR). A grand campus (spread over 10.5 acre); state-of-the-art laboratories for students and faculty, and, more importantly, an active interface with industry make it one of the most sought-after institutes for pharmacy in the country.
Kanika Malhotra, a final-year BPharma student, says, “Who says pharmacy is boring? It is not restricted to medicines but goes beyond that to include nail paints, lipsticks and various other cosmetics. Life at DIPSAR is a lot of fun. At the time of admission, I didn’t know what to expect from a pharmacy college, but after spending time here I can say that it has been great. The knowledge (you get about various chemical combinations and products), faculty interaction and peer learning, all help you prepare for the future.”
USP: DIPSAR is famous all over Asia for its pharmacy programmes. Many students from overseas come here to complete their studies.
Programmes: The college awards bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in pharmacy. The various specialisations include pharmacology, pharmaceutics, hospital pharmacy and quality assurance.
Faculty: There are 32 faculty members, most of whom are selected through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
IT Quotient: The college website is very comprehensive and provides adequate information about the admission process, student activities, programmes and research projects. The campus has computer labs with up-to-date computers and high-speed internet connections for students. These labs are open till late at night for students who stay on the campus and provides them 24/7 internet access. The college is planning to upgrade internet speeds to 10 Mbps through broadband connectivity and add new computers to various labs along with boys’ and girls’ common room in the hostels.
Infrastructure: DIPSAR’s library is fully air-conditioned and has one of the richest pharmacy library collections in India with over 17,000 books covering all branches of pharmaceutical sciences. Besides some rare books, the library subscribes to major Indian and international pharmacy journals and has access to online journals as well. The institute also has a museum, which has a collection of over 60,000 bottles, original drug containers, books, store fixtures, and artefacts, including several large drug store fixtures.
The museum takes you back in time and gives a glimpse of pharmacies as they used to be. Apart from that, the institute has an animal room that has facilities for breeding common species of laboratory animals and for maintaining specimens used in experiments by research students. At present, the animal house has several rats, mice, rabbits etc. The institute also has a botanical garden where students completing their PG and doctoral studies can grow plants for use in experiments. Herbs are cultivated according to the season to get the maximum yield.
The institute also has a centrally air-conditioned multipurpose auditorium with a seating capacity of 450. It also houses a well-furnished seminar hall on the first floor for conducting meetings and seminars. All the laboratories, and lecture rooms are air conditioned and have audio-visual aids like overhead projectors. The institute has a clinical research lab of its own.
Clubs and societies: Since the programmes are very rigorous, students don’t get too much time to nurture their talents. The students are also involved in research from the very start of their courses. They attend conferences, seminars, and discussions in pharmacy-related fields. The institute doesn’t have a cultural fest of its own.
Instead, it hosts various international and national conferences like the recent advances in cardiovascular sciences etc once every two years. The college also participates in the Pulse Polio Programme and the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress.
Studentspeak: “It is one of the best places for studying pharmacy. This year, I am applying to various international universities and I am sure they will recognise the institute and offer me a good scholarship,” says Loukik Arora, a fourth-year BPharm student.
DIPSAR started offering a diploma in pharmacy course in 1964 at the Kashmere Gate Polytechnic. It moved to the Pusa campus, operating from a school building, and started offering a BPharm course in 1972. Later on, in 1979, it shifted to its present campus in Pushp Vihar
Like other colleges, DIPSAR should also start its own festival, says Abid a fourth-year student of BPharm