Besides food shelter and clothing, healthcare happens to be one of main basic
human needs. The health status of a community serves as an indicator of well
being of a nation. Governments across the globe acknowledge this fact and strive
to improve their health care delivery system.
Major breakthroughs in the development of effective and potent drugs
and advances in surgical sciences during the century bygone have revolutionized
the health scenario and improved the quality and life expectancy of the man.
Major killer diseases, epidemics and many incurable conditions have now been
relegated to the pages of history.
The edifice of modern healthcare rests primarily on medical profession,
nursing care and pharmacy practice. Needless to say that the simple act of
physician’s prescription for a drug and followed by its purchase and its
administration in a patient in fact happens to be the culmination of a lengthy train
of events. Little do we realize this job starts from discovery of chemical molecule
to endless animal and human experimentation, synthesis and manufacture of drugs
on large scale, presentation in a suitable form, validation of its
purity/efficacy/safety, management of supply chain, inventory and distribution of
drugs with the final retail dispensing. This entire complex sequence is driven by
the members of the profession of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The job opportunities
of pharmacists therefore follow a widespread spectrum from drug innovators in
universities/industry to drug manufacture, drug analysis and validation of
efficacy/safety evaluation, to distribution and mechanics of supply and
Though, there has been considerable progress in health sciences
education sector in the State as far medical dental and nursing institutions are
concerned, the development of pharmacy education in both public/private
enterprise in the State has lagged behind. Except for Department of
Pharmaceutical Sciences of Kashmir University, no College of Pharmacy till date
existed in the State. Devi Lallayogeshwari (LalDed) Trust for Educational
Advancement and Cultural Resurgence responded to this hiatus in the higher
education and decided in 2014 to establish the first College of Pharmacy in J&K.
The trust has been a pioneer in having established the first nursing and
paramedical institution in the state is committed to develop a state of Art College
of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the State. A distinguishing feature of the
management of the institution lies in the fact the college is established by renowed
health care professionals with the main motive of furthering the cause of health
sciences education in the State.