- Entry Qualification in Diploma Pharmacy Course
Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-I and Part-II):-
Minimum qualification for admission to Diploma in Pharmacy Part-I course -A pass in any of the following examinations with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Mathematics.
- Intermediate examination in Science;
- The first year of the three year degree course in Science,
- 10+2 examination (academic stream) in Science;
- Pre degree examination;
- Any other qualification approved by the Pharmacy Council of India as equivalent to any of the above examination.
- As per letter no.14-2/2003-PCI-13059-761 dtd.13-12-2004 of Pharmacy Council of India, candidates having Senior Secondary Certificates of Haryana Open School, Bhiwani are not eligible for admission to Diploma Course in Pharmacy.
- As per letter no.14-2/2006-PCI-5763-6337 dtd.13-06-2007 of Pharmacy Council of India, following are not eligible to admission to Diploma Course in Pharmacy:
- Candidates having pre-university examinations (new scheme) of Andhra University with Physics, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, Chemistry, Biology are not eligible.
- Candidates of open school of any state and senior secondary school examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Maths conducted by national Open School, New Delhi are also not eligible.
- Qualification for Registration as a Pharmacist
[Extract from PCI letter no.2-26/2010-PCI (Pt.I)/50095-205 dated 19 FEB 2014]
For registration as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, a candidate should have passed “Diploma in Pharmacy” or “Degree in Pharmacy” from an institution recognized under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act. “Diploma in Pharmacy” is a two years course after 10+2, followed by 500 hours practical training spread over a period of not less than 3 months and “Degree in Pharmacy is a 4 years course after 10+2. The registration of pharmacist is done by the State Pharmacy Councils constituted by the State Govts. under section 19 of the Pharmacy Act. The registration is done under section 33 read with 32(2) of the Pharmacy act, according to which minimum statutory requirements for registration are as under: -
- Applicant should have attained the age of 18 years & pay the prescribed fee.
- Application should resided or carry on the business or profession of Pharmacy, in the State.
- Applicant should have passed an approved examination or he should posses a qualification approved under section 14 of the Pharmacy Act or is a registered pharmacist in another state.
It is most respectfully submitted that u/s 10 of the Pharmacy Act, the PCI is empowered to prescribe the minimum standard of education required for qualification as a pharmacist and as per regulation 2 of the Education Regulations,. 1991, an approved course and examination for registration as a pharmacist is “a pass in diploma or degree course in Pharmacy” from an institution approved by the PCI u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act.
Under the Pharmacy Act, 1948, only the following qualifications from an institution approved by the PCI u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act are approved for the purpose of registration as a pharmacist to practice the profession –
|Course||Duration (Years)||Admission Qualification
|Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm)||2 years & 500 hrs. practical training||10+2 Science academic stream with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology
|Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm)||4 years||10+2 Science academic stream with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology OR Diploma in Pharmacy from PCI approved institution
|Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)||6 years||10+2 Science academic stream with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology OR Diploma in Pharmacy from PCI approved institution
- Registration procedure for Pharm. D and Pharm.D. (Post Baccalaureate)
[Extract from Pharmacy Council of India letter no.50-100(R)/2009-PCI/28059-92 17JAN 2011]
Guidelines for Registration:
- Qualification for Registration
As per regulation 2 of Pharm. D Regulations, 2008, notified in the Gazette of India, dated 10th – 16th May, 2008, the following qualifications besides D.Pharm & B.Pharm are approved by the PCI for the purpose of registration as a pharmacist u/s 32(2) of the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
- Pharm. D 6 years course after 10+2 or D.Pharm
- Pharm. D (Post Baccalaureate) 3 years course after B.Pharm (B.Pharm holder gets direct admission in 4th year Pharm.D)
For the purpose of registration under the Pharmacy Act, it is mandatory that the above qualifications shall be acquired from an institution approved by the PCI u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act for Pharm. D.
- The candidate shall be of 18 years or more
- he/she should reside or carry on the business or profession of pharmacy in the State.
- he/she should have pass an approved examination i.e. he/she should have pass the Pharm. D. course from an institution approved by the PCI u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act.
- the approval status of such institutions can be verified from
- Council’s website “www.pci.nic.in
- Council’s Notifications issued from time to time.
NOTE (Condition imposed by HSPC): In case of the candidates who have done their diploma/degree from Haryana state, may got registered with/without their original diploma/degree certificate. Further such candidates are required to submit copy of their original diploma/degree certificate at the time of their first renewal of registration. However, if the candidate who has done his/her diploma/degree from the state other than Haryana, their new registration should only be done if he/she will produce his/her original diploma/degree certificate at the time of registration.