1.Institute of Innovation Council:
Prin. K. M. Kundnani College of Pharmacy is a registered member of the Institute Innovation Council (IIC) established by the Ministry of Education (MoE), Govt. of India. This Council is a part of the MoE’s Innovation Cell. The IIC cell aims to foster a culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). KMKCP is committed to promoting an innovation culture in the college. We believe that innovation is key to creating a better future for Pharma Industry and society at large. With the help of IIC, we are working towards creating an innovation promotion ecosystem that will enable our students, faculty, and staff to explore new ideas and build a strong base of research in the college.
The function of IIC:
To create a vibrant local innovation ecosystem Start-up/ entrepreneurship supporting mechanism in HEIs Prepare institute for Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements Framework (ARIIA) Establish functional ecosystem for scouting ideas and pre-incubation of ideas
Undertaking small research projects can be an invaluable experience for undergraduate students in pharmaceutical sciences. These projects can provide students with practical skills and knowledge that are essential for a career in this field. By working on a research project, students can learn how to develop research questions, design experiments, collect and analyze data, and interpret their findings. Additionally, students can gain an understanding of the importance of ethical considerations in research and learn how to communicate their results effectively. Undertaking research projects also enables students to build their confidence and independence as researchers, and can be a valuable addition to their resumes when seeking employment or applying to graduate school. It also exposes the students to the concept of innovation. Overall, small research projects can provide students with a valuable opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a practical setting and can help to prepare them for future careers in the Pharmaceutical sciences. Final Year B. Pharm students (in groups of 4-5) are allotted a guide from members of the faculty who assign topics of interest for the project work to be completed in Semester VIII. The students submit a Project report and make a presentation which is further evaluated. Some of the TY students undertake worthwhile projects. Several of the projects are presented at conferences and culminate in award-winning outcomes.
3. Industry visits are important learning experiences for students studying pharmacy who play a crucial role in the healthcare sector. These visits enable students to see first-hand, how the theories they learn in the classroom are applied in real-world settings. Students can observe the entire process of drug development, from research and development to manufacturing and distribution which helps them connect classroom learning to pharmaceutical industry requirements and bridge the gap. Additionally, they can interact with professionals working in the industry, gaining insights into potential career paths and the skills required for success.
- Visiting pharmaceutical companies expose students to cutting-edge technologies and state-of-
- the-art equipment, insights into Good Manufacturing Practices, and instills in them the need for
- adherence to ethical practices.
- Hence, we strongly believe that integrating industry visits into the curriculum is an excellent way
- for our students to gain practical knowledge, develop a deeper understanding, and prepare them
- to meet the needs of the ever-evolving pharmaceutical industry.
4. Internship: Pharmacy students’ internships are an essential part of their training and education, providing them with hands-on experience in real-world settings. The institute attempts to train students in different areas of the Pharma and Healthcare industry as well as medical writing which is also an area coming up rapidly. During these internships, students work in Pharmaceutical Industry, Hospitals, and Scientific writing. They also gain exposure to different areas of the pharmaceutical industry starting from the Procurement, Manufacturing, and Quality Control Department, learning about Sophisticated Instruments, Preparations of SOPs, and Understanding Batch Manufacturing Records. In Hospital Pharmacy students learn about Storage, Handling & Dispensing of Medicines. Through these experiences, pharmacy students are better prepared to transition into their professional roles upon graduation, equipped with the knowledge and skills. By working alongside industry professionals, pharmacy students are better equipped to make informed decisions about their future careers and develop a deeper understanding of the complex healthcare landscape.
5. Guest lectures offer students the opportunity to meet passionate, committed, and erudite people and to learn from them in various ways. Guest lecturers provide an important educational experience for students based on their real-world life experiences. Students get to see the insight and perspective of the guest lecturers’ specific fields and get to learn about the current development and cutting-edge research in that field or area. Guest lectures and talks enable students to interact with professionals in formal and informal settings. Through discussions, interpersonal competence, and communicative skills are fostered. Guest lectures impart students learning beyond their syllabus and textbooks. Students thereby can correlate between what they have learned and the real world. Guest lectures also serve to provide career guidance and career counseling to young students who are ready to step into their desired fields of higher studies or work.
Guest lectures on different topics of similar interest can update students on topics they do not learn but are related to their course, thereby enabling transdisciplinary learning. Guest lectures suggest ways to enhance the value of speaking, and engagement and present a model to ensure a match between the presentation and classroom objectives. Experiences from entrepreneurs inspire students in their own (entrepreneurial) projects, creating motivation and an action orientation. They bring in special expertise and experiences that teachers cannot provide. Alumni guest speakers are a representation of the college’s academics, ethos, and culture. They are role examples of how a student can excel after gaining learning from college.
Guest lectures thus give students current insights, contemporary knowledge, discernment of particular niches, career guidance, opportunities for collaborations and training, and interaction with alumni and may help to break the monotony and spark interests when they learn about the practical applications of theoretical concepts.
6. Laboratory Safety training: Student training was conducted on 3rd November 2022 by our faculty Dr. Shrikant Ghodse, from the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Prin. K. M. Kundnani College of Pharmacy, Mumbai.
In this one-day training program, all 25 students attended. The trainer covered the important aspect related to laboratory standard operating procedures with safety such as good laboratory practice, the GHS pictograph, the Twenty-five rules of GLP, Personal Protective types of equipment, the toxicity of chemicals, and Storage of Chemicals with their incompatibility. We hope after completion of this training, the learner achieves the objectives.