The Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (GIPS) is located in Guwahati, the biggest city in Assam, and one of the biggest in the entire north- eastern region. This college was set up by the Shrimanta Shankar Academy (SSA), which is one of the most respected educational trusts within the state. It also operates recognized engineering and management colleges. The GIPS is affiliated to the Assam Science and Technology University (ASTU), also located within the same city of Guwahati. The affiliation to the ASTU, ensures the approval of the UGC (University Grants Commission). The courses here are also recognized by the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education).
The PCI (Pharmacy Council of India) too has recognized the programmes here, as is the norm for pharma- based programmes in the country. Some of the courses have also here, been accredited by the NBA (National Board of Accreditation). Pharmacy related courses are available at this college right from the UG till doctoral levels. The B. Pharm and the M. Pharm programmes are offered at the undergrad and post grad levels respectively. The former is a four- year programme, while the latter lasts for two years. Entry to the B. Pharm may also be availed via the lateral entry mode.
The M. Pharm can be undertaken for the Pharmaceutics specialization. Some doctoral programmes may also be taken up from here. In addition, there is a diploma in pharmacy. This is meant for working professionals, seeking a skill upgrade, but not able to devote full working hours to any academic programme. Admissions to the various programmes at the master’s level is via the GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test). This is a test conducted by the AICTE. For the UG level, it is the DTE (Directorate of Technical Education) that finalizes the list. Research too is given top priority, here at the GIPS.
For this purpose, several research grants have been procured by the college. These have been generated by government or industry bodies. Some of the leading bodies to have generated these consulting assignments for the GIPS include the likes of- the AICTE, MODROBS (Modernization and Removal of Obsolescence), RPS (Research Promotion Scheme) and the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization). These assignments are handled department wise, of which there are three here- Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy and Pharmacology. The library here is one of the best stocked within the region. Besides the physical books on display, it also provides digital access to en number of international academic journals for research and academic purposes.
Several of the faculty members have also seen their works getting published on recognized peer- based academic or research journals. Even students have got their works published, usually under the guidance of some key faculty members, who acts as the mentor. The Guwahati- based Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Pharmaceutical Science also brings out its own research journal to chronicle all major findings on campus. It is named as the Current Research Journal of Pharmaceutical and Allied Sciences (CRJPAS). A newsletter also gets printed here. It is periodic, with online editions also available. The newsletter is more of a student- led initiative, unlike the journal, driven by the faculty members.
The campus has much to offer. There are hostel facilities for both boys and girls. Banking facilities with ATM, convenience stores and access to public transport may all be availed from immediately outside the college’s single- acre urban campus. There is a sports field where cricket and football may be played. Facilities are also there for indoor sports. The gymnasium may also be used by all. A large auditorium is there to facilitate major events, at both intra and inter college level. The campus is Wi- Fi enabled. Science laboratories have the latest of equipment. A health centre is also there to cater to medical emergencies. Hygienic food is prepared at the college cafeteria.
Much is being done now for ensuring that the students here get placed in the right places. This is being facilitated by the Training and Placement Cell here. A number of soft skills training workshops are conducted to help make the students more employable. Areas in which such sessions have taken place include time management, team building, group discussions, presentation skills, logical reasoning, aptitude training, personal grooming, communication skills, and goal setting, besides others. Some of the top recruiters over the recent seasons have been the likes of- IPCA Labs, Abbot Labs, Eris Life Science, Systopic Labs and Walter Bushnell, plus a few more.
The Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Pharmaceutical Science has also been recognized by the DSIR (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research) as a SIRO (Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). This implies a regional research centre. The college also has a strong alumni network. This network helps the GIPS forge proactive links with businesses, as the alumni has already represented the college’s name there. All this and more has helped the GIPS be recognized across the ranking platforms. The NIRF (National Institutional Rankings Framework) powered by the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) has rated the college within the 51- 75 rank band for both the years 2017 and 2018.
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