Hello all... I am G.Sailesh completed M.pharm in pharmaceutics in 2011 and its been long time that I interact and involve in discussions . It seems that people are worrying a lot regarding GPAT cut off mark and the number of people that qualified this year. Let me put my views on this. Whatever be the reason whether it is politics in GPAT or it is the mistake of Baroda university or to escape stipend for qualifying less number of people. Those who qualified in GPAT think that they can get good colleges and branch as there is no competition. Those who did not qualify think that they missed an opportunity. Let us not bother about it or think about it. If we think about the result of it is government gets benefit as it may need not to pay stipend. It is the private colleges that are going to be more benefited by exploiting students for payment seats utilizing the craze and demand for different branches and based on the name and fame of colleges. They are going to get more money, because much of the seats will be filled based on PGCET or through donations this time which is quite contrary to the previous years where more number of seats are filled through GPAT. Neither the college need not to apply for stipend for students, nor government will pay by itself. Ultimate sufferer will be the student. Now, more students and parents tend to join in colleges with big fame, name and also start discussion about the branch that they need to select. But, my dear friends, please do no think that there is a great demand for PG students of pharmacy. It is once upon a time, there is demand for people who did PG and Phd in pharmacy. Post graduation needs dedication, orientation towards research, strong zeal to learn and more over suffering in the initial stages of career as you will not get a job in research department where PG candidate is necessary. Do not take PG as pride or as essential qualification for getting a job. It is a degree student who can easily get a job in an industry when compared to Post graduate student. Think a moment, whether you are suitable to do PG and take the challenge of research (I am not insulting any one here). Now, its high time to think about career path. Do not go blindly as most of us joined in pharmacy (as we do not get MBBS seat after intermediate). I do not suggest going states for PG as it is highly risky path and all cannot afford. We have many options after doing B.pharmacy like going towards Clinical research industry, Regulatory affairs, Intellectual property rights (most untapped areas and there is a demand) software industry, marketing ( please do not feel it as prestige to do in marketing department. You will earn more than any other if you are capable and suitable to that job). Please do not hesitate to go to marketing department if you really have that capability. B.pharm people doing in marketing department can easily get promoted. I shall not say not to join in PG. Post graduation helps in promoting to higher levels once you enter the industry into any department. But it is very difficult to enter into industry with Post graduation. Generally B.pharm people are preferred. You can do post graduation later also. Your financial status highly matters here. Finally I conclude that think repeatedly before investing on PG (your financial, intellectual status and other reasons for joining PG). One day, I am sure that you will regret if you join in PG by investing heavy amounts (taking loans etc.) Think wisely before taking a decision. Thanks for your patience in reading this. All the best !!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, 4 June 2012
After a long gap, I would like to post on my blog again. This post is about documentation of the carried research work. Many of the M.pharmacy second year may have completed their research work in lab and currently may have started documenting the research work which is called a thesis. In any Industrial scenario, there are two things one, which is the technical or practical work that is done on the floor and the other is documentation of work that is carried out. Documenting the work whether it is production, quality analysis or a research work is equally important of doing the work. This documentation helps in ways in regulatory point of view as well as to the company. Documentation in industrial scenario is a different issue where the head of QA department will be an in-charge. I shall discuss about this in my upcoming posts. Right now, I would like to discuss about documentation of a research work. Every university will have their own guidelines for submitting the research work. But I would like to discuss about the general aspects of making a thesis look effective.
Brief overview of thesis book:
Generally, a thesis starts with title of work, student name, university name, guide name and finally the college name. The next page consists of declaration stating that the work has been performed on your own and not replicated from anywhere. The next pages are declaration from guide and principal of the college. It will look good if an Abstract of the work (brief overview) is included in next page. The next page is the abbreviations that are used followed by contents. The contents include Aim, scope and objective, Introduction, Drug and excipients profile, Literature review, Experimental investigations, Experimental results, Results and discussion, Summary, conclusion and future recommendation, finally bibliography.
It is a common tendency to cut, copy, and paste in the introduction part from different sources of net or from a review or research article. This is plagiarism which is absolutely not acceptable and considered as crime in foreign countries. It is the stealing of one’s ideas and method of writing. It will not help in any way. There are many arguments on it. I would like to say only one thing regarding this issue. Avoiding plagiarism gives honor to the author and also helps in generating new ideas besides helping you in understanding the theory and concepts. Visit www.pharminfo.net for more information on plagiarism.
Drug & Excipients profile, Literature review can be easily written. In the literature review, ensure that most relevant work is cited. (Give preference to drug and later concept like increase in bioavailability, sustained release etc.)
Experimental investigations include the materials and methods used along with the source of chemicals. Applying statistical ANOVA to the results will always help. Different software (graph pad prism is one of it) is available to carry out ANOVA. Dissolution graphs (time vs % dissolved, first order or zero order graphs) should be present neatly using excel. Drug- excipient compatibility (IR graphs) interpretation is important. See the wave number at which peak appeared and write the shift that appeared when combined with the excipient. Interpretation of results of dissolution profiles, rate graphs, IR peaks with proper reasonable thinking gives good appearance to the thesis and also helps in improving knowledge. This will help in designing the power point and also improves your subject knowledge to confidently face the Viva and interviews. I do not know whether this helps or not. But I presented my views in my own words.
All the Best!!!
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
If a company wants to export their product to the international market (any foreign country), it needs to follow strict quality guidelines. Every country has their own regulations to accept a product into their country which is manufactured outside the country. International guidelines (ISO standards, International standards organization) gives guidelines to the manufacturers for manufacturing a a product which is safe and effective. So, one has to maintain those standards in a company for exporting their product to the international market. The ultimate aim of any guidelines or any standards is to deliver a quality product to the customers. These standards deals with starting from establishment of building facilities, equipment, testing the quality, maintenance of documents till the release of final product to the market. Each and every step has to be carefully monitored, documented and controlled for maintaining the quality of product. It is worthwhile for a B.pharm or M.pharm fresher to know about these guidelines and the significance of it. Each and every qualified person has got some responsibilities in delivering the safe and effective product. I shall try to explain these guidelines based on my experience in a step wise manner in my coming next blogs.
Friday, 30 December 2011
It is a big dilemma whether to do project in college or industry. Most of the people cannot get an opportunity to do a project in industry without a strong reference. If one gets a project in industry, there is no scope of learning the subject more. You will be allotted to a team leader as guide and you have to follow his instructions. There will be less chance for you learn something. At the end of the day, you will be given a project to put as thesis. There are many few industries which will allow you to work on yourselves by utilizing the facilities. Hence in an industry there is a less scope of developing as a research scientist. But the advantages of going for project in industry is you can get some contacts and references which will help in job search. You will also be knowing the functioning of industry and it wont look new when you go for a job. Coming to the advantages of doing project in college is there is large scope of learning by yourselves regarding how to design a project and how to execute it, different problems that you may encounter and how to overcome them. But proper guidance and facilities are needed for doing the same. You will also be knowing how to document the research work (thesis) and how to publish article. Dedication and willingness to learn and do the work is needed.
After a long gap, I would like to post based on my real experience. I would like to emphasize the importance of M.pharm research project when facing the interviews. Appearing for an interview is itself a difficult task. You will get the interview by reference provided vacancy is there in a company. For facing the technical interview after M.pharm you need a strong command over your project. I was interviewed by a senior scientist in Dr.Reddys (Aurigene). 90% of the questions was based on my project only.... I did well on questions on my project but failed to answer some questions based on basics. Finally, after some time gap I came to know that an experienced person was recruited for the job. So it is very important to concentrate on project as well as basics. Whatever the project you select, thorough knowledge on it is required. The basis for selection of project, significance of it, what is the novelty in it and so on... Everything is important. So please be careful while selecting a project and ensure that you have thorough knowledge on it and necessarily should know the reasons for selecting that project. With my experience on doing the project, I can guide some projects and also provide drugs and excipients. Those who are in need can contact me. All the best!!
Sunday, 28 August 2011
As the time for counseling almost started, I would like to share some of my views regarding M.pharmacy. M.pharmacy or post graduation is mainly for entering to the research areas of particular field. After joining in M.pharm, in second year, we come to know about the basics of a research project. It will help us in entering to PhD or jobs in industry where we have to handle research projects. I think some of might be thinking about joining in M.pharmacy after knowing about the scope of M.pharm in different subjects. No one will be ready to hire you immediately after completing M.pharm. But it does not mean joining M.pharm is waste of time. In my view, it adds up another degree and similar is the case with PhD. Industry needs experienced people but not people having degrees. These degrees will help in achieving faster growth in terms of promotions. I know some are people who came back from industry to pursue their PhDs as they are missing promotion chances despite of experience but not a degree. Once you enter into any work or industry, it is difficult to pursue Post graduation. So, I think it is better to do post graduation if any chance and later enter into industry. But at the same time, I say that do not invest more money for doing post graduation. Do not waste the hard work of GPAT or PGCET. Join in any college you get with the rank. It is difficult to enter as a fresher. But once you got some experience, many companies are ready to hire you. This is the case not only with pharmacy sector but also in other sectors like IT. You may have to work along with MSC people or B.pharm people along with you in industry. But, it is true that the person with higher degree will be given preference over the other for higher level positions. Finally, do not end up in a confused situation to join the PG or not. Keep the real situation in mind. Do not be under impression that pursuing M.pharm will secure a job immediately. Just try to be competitive enough in terms of knowledge and hard work. Do not get depressed if you do not get a good college or branch you expected. A good college might provide you stipend and facilities and not more than that. It is the ultimately interest and hard work that may secure results. Go for M.pharm if you qualify in GPAT or PGCET and do not invest more money unnecessarily which may be burden later. Do not put any expectations on job or salary. Just keep in mind the real situation and try to be competitive enough, All the best!!!