Cracking a whip on the authorities of Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technology (BUEST) for repeated disobedience of government's and regulatory body's orders, Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPERC) on Monday directed the varsity authorities to produce the documents of requisite approval of Pharmacy Council of India before July 25, failing
which the course approval of pharmacy courses for the current academic session would be treated as withdrawn.
The authorities of HPPERC referring to earlier observations of different agencies concerning alleged failure of the management in obtaining the requisite permission of Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) to run the course under section 12 of PCI act, issued to varsity authorities stated that since the final approval of PCI is must for registration of students with State Pharmacy Council (SPC), the concerned authorities of varsity has failed to adhere to the directions, till date.
Notably, the BUEST's authorities had introduced the B Pharmacy course in 2007 after obtaining the approval but had failed to obtain the final approval from PCI, leaving many questions unanswered. The entire violations hogged the limelight after State Pharmacy Council denied to register the students as the degrees were not recognised by PCI and subsequent protest of students and parents on varsity's campus, last week.
The failure of BUEST's management in implementing the government's order has also brought under scanner the role of government's authorities that appeared to have overlooked the execution of orders and allowed the varsity management to run the courses that left the passed out students in quandary.
The HPPERC in its official communication to BUEST authorities on Monday sated that the government while according the course approval for academic session 2011-12 had on June 28, 2011, directed the university that approval of PCI was mandatory. The PCI on May 25, 2011, accorded course approvals for B Pharmacy from 2007-08 to 2011-12 on the conditions that the approval granted is only for the conduct of “course of study.”
The said approval is not a final approval under section 12 of Pharmacy Act for the purpose of registration as pharmacist with SPC in the absence of requisite approval. The course approval granted by the state government on August 11, 2011 and May 5, 2012 for the academic sessions 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively, has also re-iterated that B Pharma permission has been accorded strictly as per the approval or permission and conditions of PCI as per its letter, issued on May 25, 2011.
The course approval for the current academic session, granted by the HPPERC had also made it clear that running of the existing as well as new courses would be subject to the conditions.
Secretary of HPPERC Manoj Chauhan said that the commission while conveying deficiencies on March 23, this year and after the inspection conducted on Feburary 27 and 28 this year, had categorically conveyed to BUEST's authorities to obtain the needed permission form PCI.
He said that commission finally observed, “The University has failed to take the requisite final approval from PCI till date and not adhered to the directions issued and the provisions of the regulatory norms. Therefore, for violation of the regulatory bodies' norm, direction under the HPPERC amendment rules, 2012 has been issued to the university to submit the requisite approval from the PCI before 25th July, 2013 positively to the regulatory commission failing which, the course approval of pharmacy courses for the academic session 2013-2014 granted shall be treated as withdrawn”.