Author Topic: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh  (Read 4821 times)

Offline Md. Fouad Hossain Sarker

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 417
  • FHS
    • View Profile
History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« on: September 27, 2011, 08:33:54 PM »
History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh:

History is the way to find out the root. In 1964, 1st July PHARMACY Education started its endless journey under the supervision of Professor Emeritus Dr. Abdul Jabbar which roams around him till today.
In 1947, there was no institute for pharmacy education in the newly born Pakistan though there were lots of thoughts to open such an institute. In response to the introduction of Pharmacy profession and its brighter aspects in abroad and development of foreign pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan, Lahore University opened pharmacy department in mid 1948 in West Pakistan (present Pakistan). From the partition of subcontinent the gradual discrimination towards East Pakistan (Bangladesh) also affected the Pharmacy Education, though a good number of students of this part were interested in Pharmacy. But they didn’t get the chance. At that period Prof. Dr. Abdul Jabbar strongly felt the necessity of Pharmacy Education when he was adopting higher degree in abroad and tried to admit some students in Lahore University every year. But only 2 to 4 students got the chance among the 10 to 15’s though they were truly qualified. Those days went on in this way.

During the late 50’s there were few small pharmaceutical companies in East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The demand of medicine market was fulfilled through importing. Moreover, some big companies named Albert David, Glaxo and Baroz Welcome went on production, which needs Pharmacists though there was no scope to fill the demand.

First stride:
Gradually increasing demand of the Pharmacists and the discrimination faced by the students of East Pakistan initiated the thought to start Pharmacy Education in Dhaka University. And Dr. Abdul Jabbar was the First to initiate the process. During that period renowned Educationist Dr. Mahmud Hossain was the Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University. With his help a scheme of establishing Pharmacy department in Dhaka University was sent to Planning Commission several times. But Planning Commission of Government refused to do so, mentioning the lack of teachers. Though in Lahore University Pharmacy education ran under teachers who were not pharmacists, for more than one decade and a new plan was passed to start Pharmacy in Karachi University. Moreover, from 1950’s Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry existed as subsidiary subject under Chemistry department in Dhaka University. Thus today its not difficult to understand the decision was just an expression of discrimination.

Procurement:
Meanwhile Dr. A.Jabbar got a fellowship in San-Francisco School of Pharmacy, USA for one year in 1960 and Biochemistry was established as separate department. Dr. Kamaluddin Ahmed was selected as Chairman.Coming back Dr. A. Jabbar with Dr. Kamal started again to set up a platform for pharmacy. Moreover, Dr. Kamal sent three meritorious students named Mr. Abdur Rashid, Mr.shukur Khan and Mr. Shamsul Alam Talukdar for higher studies during 1961-62. Thus the lack of teachers was solved.
Afterwards Dr. A. Jabbar and Dr. Kamal interacted with the University administration to start the Pharmacy education. Prof. Mahmud Hossain as Vice Chancellor passed the proposal and sent to Planning Commission. Today we must reminiscence the name of those great persons to whom we are grateful, the Education Minister of East Pakistan Late.Mafizuddin Ahmed and Economist Late. Dr. M. N. Huda and Dr. K. T. Hossain who shortly joined in planning commission. At last with their reference Planning Commission was bound to approve the proposal in late 1962.

Substratum:
After the approval by Planning Commission raised the questions of syllabus, teachers, associates, chairman, place etc. The syllabus was taken as the syllabus of London School of Pharmacy, which was worldwide, recognized for Pharmacy at that period. It was decided to take class in the classrooms of Biochemistry Department, which is situated in the Carzon Hall. Though Dr. Abdul Jabbar was the only teacher who did fellowship in pharmacy at that period, due to some political movement in 1962, Dr. Kamaluddin Ahmed was selected as chairman of both Biochemistry and Pharmacy. Few days later Dr. Abdul Jabbar was selected as First chairman of Pharmacy Department.

Though Pharmacy department was started as 3 years professional B.Pharm degree in 1964, it was converted into 3 years B.Pharm (Hons) degree in 1965 due to protest from the students. In 1967 the first B.Pharm batch passed out.
Md. Fouad Hossain Sarker
Assistant Professor and Head
Department of Development Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Daffodil International University
Dhaka-1207

Offline sethy

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1069
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011, 01:28:35 PM »
Thank you for your valuable post. It is helpful both pharmacy related and non-related student. Because non-related student can know its history.
Sazia Afrin Sethy
ID:101-11-1366
BBA Department,
Batch: 25th,
Sec: B.

Offline Arif

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 203
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2011, 09:39:22 AM »
Dear sir
In 2003, Department of Pharmacy of DU had split into 3 departments namely, department of Pharmaceutical chemistry, Department of Clinical Pharmacy & pharmacology and Department of Pharmaceutical Technology for offering Master of Pharmacy and post graduate degrees.
Muhammad Arifur Rahman
Assistant professor and Head
Department of Pharmacy

Offline tanbir

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 117
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2011, 01:19:12 PM »
excellent history.............
For history of Pharmacy we have to further go back. It is as back as 800 BC!!!!!!!!!!!!
According to mythology this is started from our subcontinent. It is the time when so called civilized American  don,t learn how to wear cloth ;D. At this time we get written book on medicine from CHARAKA named Charaka samhita (চরক সংহিতা ) at 800 BC. Another book from SUSHRUTA named Sushruta samhita (সুস্রুতা সংহিতা ).
According to Hindu mythology BRAHMA (ব্রহ্মা ) wrote religious book Veda ( বেদ ) and one of the part of his book is Ayurveda ( আয়ুর্বেদ ) which is one of the part of medicine still now.
So medicine science and Pharmacy is the part of religion!!!!!!!!!!1
Tanbir
Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy,
DIU.

Offline samiha sultana

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 100
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2011, 02:52:05 PM »
Really amazing.

Offline Arif

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 203
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2011, 05:27:24 PM »
Dear tanbir sir,

Your information really excellent, please write more....
Muhammad Arifur Rahman
Assistant professor and Head
Department of Pharmacy

Offline tasnuva

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 344
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2011, 01:32:19 PM »
Really interesting...
Tasnuva Ali
Senior Lecturer
Department of ETE
Daffodil International university

Offline Masuma Parvin

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 289
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2011, 12:02:28 PM »
Very interesting post.Keep it up sir.

Offline poppy siddiqua

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 233
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2011, 03:26:14 PM »
thankyou sir for sharing the information with us.
Poppy Siddiqua
Lecturer, ETE

Offline bipasha

  • Faculty
  • Sr. Member
  • *
  • Posts: 487
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2011, 03:32:12 PM »
veryy nice

Offline Tanvir Ahmed Chowdhury

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 517
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2011, 11:16:01 AM »
Good to know the history. Thank you sir.................
Tanvir Ahmed Chowdhury

Assistant Professor
Department of Textile Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Daffodil International University

Offline sami

  • Faculty
  • Jr. Member
  • *
  • Posts: 82
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2011, 03:12:24 PM »
Really very nice & informative post.
Thanks for sharing.
Mohammad Samiullah,
Lecturer,
Department of CSE, CIS & CS,
Daffodil International University.

Offline sharifa

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 383
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2011, 11:04:46 AM »
Thanks to find out the root of pharmacy
Sharifa Sultana
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy,
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences,
Daffodil International University

Offline faeqarasel

Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2013, 06:12:27 PM »
Wow!what a nice history!For my assignment. :) .It's never too late to thank someone.So thank you sir

Offline bcdas

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 239
    • View Profile
Re: History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2013, 05:57:59 PM »
Nice history, we should know it....................
Bimal Chandra Das
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Natural Sciences, DIU