Pharmacy is the science of preparing as well as dispensing drugs and medicines. Pharmacists are the specialists in medicines. They understand all related information about drugs including their composition, chemical and physical properties, manufacture, uses, side effects and interactions with food and other medicines. Pharmacists are able to educate the public about the rational use of medicines and the know-how of maintenance to health. They are also capable of providing specialized information to doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
Pharmacy Discipline of Khulna University has started its first voyage over the sea of knowledge in 1997 offering B. Pharm. (Hon’s) degree that includes 4 academic years, each year divided into two terms, aiming at providing the optimum knowledge required for the students to be a graduate pharmacist. A very well defined 4 years undergraduate pharmacy curriculum keeps harmony with the set standard made in different universities at home and abroad. Every term consists of sufficient number of theoretical and sessional classes to help the students to be capable of carrying out diversified applications in the field of pharmacy. The overall 4 years course is designed to support a thorough knowledge in Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Bimolecular Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Engineering, Toxicology, Biopharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacology, Physiology, Medicinal Chemistry, Clinical Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Pharmacy Law, Computer Fundamentals, Basic Mathematics and Statistics. From the session 2010-11 the discipline has started M. Pharm. course consisting of two semesters. Within short period we are going to start M Phil. and PhD. degree courses in our discipline.
Along with theoretical and sessional classes, discipline also organizes tour in Pharmaceutical Industries, field works on medicinal plant identification, hospital visits to be informed of the health care facilities and patient care information in different hospitals. In the final year, students have to take a project work as part of the course curriculum. The project work depends on the interest of the supervisor as well as the student.
At present, the Discipline has the following laboratories to conduct the research works: Pharmaceutical Analysis lab, Biopharmaceutics lab, Pharmaceutical Microbiology lab, Photochemistry lab, Medicinal Chemistry lab and Pharmacology lab. Very recently we have established “Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genetics” with all sorts of advanced research facilities. Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology is another addition to the discipline. An animal house has also been established to house experimental animals including mice and rats. The discipline owns an in-campus beautiful garden of medicinal plants. Besides, the discipline possesses a well-established seminar library, which is enriched with most modern reference books and journals.
Currently, a good number of experienced faculty members conducting different research projects in the fields of drug discovery and molecular biology. Discipline has already attracted a good number of project grants from different sources such as Ministry of Science information of Technology, Ministry of Education, University Grant Commission and Khulna University Research cell. Pharmacy Discipline is going to offer M. Phil and Ph.D. degree very soon. Within a short span of time the discipline has got good reputation nationally and internationally due to its excellent research & academic environment. We feel proud for our graduates who are working at different fields of study around the country and abroad with reputation and excellence.
The graduate pharmacists who are graduating from this discipline are being employed by various reputed national and multinational pharmaceutical companies, international organizations, Government sectors. Those graduates have already proven their efficiency in relevant field. Many of them are getting international scholarships / funding for their higher studies and contributing to advanced researches. Within a short span of time Pharmacy Discipline has got excellence in research and academic environment and in a well-reputed position in the Khulna University for its overall performance.