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We want quality, not funds: TU

RESOURCE CRUNCH. One frequently hears vice-chancellors and finance officers of various varsities in the State using the term these days. But on Monday, one heard something pleasantly different from UP Technical University (UPTU) vice-chancellor DS Chauhan.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 01:50 IST

RESOURCE CRUNCH. One frequently hears vice-chancellors and finance officers of various varsities in the State using the term these days. But on Monday, one heard something pleasantly different from UP Technical University (UPTU) vice-chancellor DS Chauhan.

“Our varsity has no dearth of money. All that we are seeking is quality stuff,” he said on the concluding day of the international seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Pharmaceutical Sciences’. Having said that Prof Chauhan added, “I want my varsity to be the best in the world.”

The V-C’s statement couldn’t have come at a better time. The international seminar where top scientists from across the globe participated, was unanimously regarded as a “high quality seminar.”

In fact, certain eminent scientists like Prof SN Sharma, professor emeritus, department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of pharmacy, Hamdard University, New Delhi, went on to describe the seminar as “top class” and UPTU as one of the few universities across the country to follow regulation. And there were several who spoke on similar lines. That the seminar indeed “pleasantly different”, was proved by the sheer number of top names who responded positively to the UPTU invite.

There was Prof Joseph Kost from the Biomedical Engineering department from Ben Gurion University of Israel who talked about the novel ‘no pain, more gain’ needle-less treatment. His paper on ‘breaking the skin barrier’ was among the most talked about ones. Then there was Dr Arthorn Riewpaiboon, an associate professor at the social and administrative pharmacy unit, Mahidol University, Thailand and Prof Claire Anderson, director of the Center for Pharmacy Health and Society at the school of pharmacy, Nottingham University, UK.

Both presented papers and praised “the desire of UPTU authorities to expand the knowledge base” by having such “brilliantly managed” seminars. Dr Stephen Doughty, Essex University, UK, Michael Anisfeld, senior consultant for Globepharm Consulting, Dr Guru V Betageri from College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona.

But if the foreign ‘guests’ were outstanding, their Indian counterparts were no less. Dr P Ramarao, director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali, Dr DB Anantha Narayana, member Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission’s Scientific Committee, Prof SK Kulkarni, co ordinator, UGC Centre for Potential in Biomedical Sciences of Punjab University, Chandigarh, Prof CK Kokate, former president of Pharmacy Council of India among a host of other leading brains of the country. Prof Chauhan was understandably delighted at the response of top scientists at the UPTU seminar. “You all are top names in your respective fields.

Having taken time out to attend our varsity’s seminar, is an honour for all of us,” he said. Now as UPTU registrar, US Tomer, said, the varsity is planning to host a series of quality seminars on issues of importance.