DPSRU: Championing Pharmacy Research, Innovation & Incubation

Prof. Ramesh K. Goyal,Vice Chancellor

Prof. Ramesh K. Goyal

Vice Chancellor

Pharmacy as a profession and pharmaceutical sciences, one of the most dynamic fields in the healthcare system has undergone several paradigm shifts in last century. Most recently, advances in genomic technologies and personalized medicine have pushed the need for pharmacy to become an interdisciplinary science, which requires various disciplines to come together to keep pace with the development and needs of the world. Keeping up with the need for university grade education in the pharmacy sector is Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University (DPSRU), India's first and the world's third Pharmacy University.

With its origins dating back to 1964, DPSRU was declared a university in 2010. The university currently offers a plethora of UG courses such as D. Pharm., B. Pharm. B.P.T; PG Courses for M. Pharm., Pharm. MBA, MHM & MPH and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, Pharm. Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Clinical Research, Biotechnology, Drug Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, Physiotherapy, Management and other allied subjects. Counting research, innovation and incubation as its prime focus, DPSRU is trailblazing the pharmacy education sector.

Research & Innovation Focused
At the helm of affairs is Prof. Ramesh K. Goyal, the first regular Vice Chancellor of the University, who strongly believes that pharmacy education cannot be college run
because the profession of pharmacy is multidisciplinary and requires extensive research in order to integrate various sectors of health. A staunch believer in making DPSRU research centric, under DrGoyal's tutelage, DIPSAR has had a legacy of having Centers of Excellence for Ocular Pharmacology, cardiovascular research and nanotechnology based novel drug formulation development. "We have DPSRU Innovation and Incubation Foundation with 16 start-ups of which five have already scripted success stories," says DrGoyal with pride. The university also has a research based nutraceuticalformulation for critical care patients specially those undergoing dialysis, a first of its kind in India.

Distinguished Faculty & Teaching Methodology
DPSRU follows well-designed curriculum as defined by prestigious governing bodies such as PCI, DCPOT for various graduate programs in various disciplines of Pharmacy and Allied Sciences. The university conducts workshops, seminars, lectures and pro-grams to enhance the practical skills of its students in terms of contemporary topics. Students receive latest updates and hands-on training sessions for advanced technology instruments in areas such as management forum in healthcare, international conferences, entrepreneurship workshops, physiotherapy workshops and sports trainings. DPSRU also focuses on making students interact with regulatory and quality professionals from the industry in order to make them industry ready. "In addition to academic activities, several works shops, seminars and guest lectures, our University continues to have strong tie ups with industry," adds DrGoyal.

In addition to its industry focused teaching methodology, DPSRU ensures that its faculty members possess required teaching and adequate research experience. All faculty members of the University are Ph.D. except some in the School of Physiotherapy who are MPT holders. Continuing to excel in research and publications, DPSRU's faculty members publish over 200 papers, file 5-10 patents and get awards consistently every year.

Most recently, during the CO-VID-19 crisis, the university under-took a plethora of academic, research and public health programs. Working in tandem with a pharmaceutical company, DPSRU has concluded the preliminary work towards developing a product for treating COVID-19 patients. Another major break throughs for the university has been a grant of 4.72 Cr for establishment of BIONEST Center for state-of the-art facility for pharmaceutical formulations and more start ups in the field of health sciences.

DPSRU has drawn an extensive Vision 2030 document that provides a road map for actionable plans in terms of education, research, innovation, entrepreneurship in the emerging areas of health care with specific role of pharmaceutical and allied sciences.