The Goa College of Pharmacy (GCP), as the name suggests is based in Panaji, the capital city of Goa state. It is affiliated to the Goa University, which is located in the Taleigao Plateau region of the state. The origins of the GCP go back a long way. Pharmacy was one of the key matters of academics for the Portuguese who visited Goa during the early colonial period. That is why when the Goa University was first set up, pharmacy was one of the top priorities. The first pharmacy course in the state came up back in 1842, with the establishment of the first medical college in the then Portuguese colony.
A separate college, by its present name was only established in 1961, the year Goa joined the Indian union. The affiliation to the Goa University, 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. 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. This can be availed under three specializations. These are in the areas of Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and for Quality Assurance. 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.
The entire academics, here at the Goa College of Pharmacy is run by a team of six academic departments, each possessing expertise in its own area. These departments are for the areas of- Pharmacology, Quality Assurance, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and in Pharmaceutical Analysis. Research too is given top priority, here at the GCP. For this purpose, several research grants have been procured by the college. 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.
The importance accorded to research ahs been since the earliest of days. This can be evidenced by the advent of the college’s own research journal back in the 19th century itself. A monthly journal was put together back in 1860. Another was started in 1894. These two were known as the Os Colloquios dos simples e Drogas and the Archivo Medico da India respectively. All this and much more has led to the GCP being placed at rank 23 among the pharmacy colleges, as part of the NIRF (National Institutional Rankings Framework), curated by the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development). This happened in the year 2016.
The campus has much to offer. There are hostel facilities for both boys and girls. Banking facilities with ATM are available in the campus’s vicinity. 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. The college even has its own transport to ferry students to and from the campus. A convenience store is also located within campus.
The Goa College of Pharmacy has also been extremely proactive when it comes to forging international ties. This helps in exchange programmes, research collaboration and in generating consulting assignments. That is why, the GCP is a signatory to the Canada India Institute Linkage Project (CIILP). Several research- oriented seminars and conferences are also held on campus. There have been such workshops over the recent years, in topics such as “Intellectual Property for Industry & Academia Professionals, Training the Trainers”, “QSAR Methodologies for Peptide Design” and “Bio active Guided Fractionation, Isolation & Characteristics of Anti- tumour Phyto- constituents”. Some of these were not held on campus, but participated in by the GCP faculty abroad. The campus placements have also likewise come good during this period. Some of the key recruiters over the recent seasons have been the likes of – Lupin, Cadila, Cipla, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Ranbaxy, Sanofi, Unichem, Indoco and Glenmark, besides others.
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