Pharmacy study is now one of the most popular course in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is one of the fast developing country. Bangladesh is the land of 160 million peoples. This large population is living in a small land of 147600 square kilometers. So, Bangladesh is densely populated area. Because of its large population job competition is so high. Peoples are preparing themselves for job hunting war. This competition is is increasing day by day.Now a days, parents are preparing their child for an extensive war. This war start from the first school admission.Choice of right track leads to a successful life.
Bangladesh has different industrial sectors. One of the fast growing sector and leading industry is now pharmaceutical sector. In 1982, Bangladesh government took revolutionized step by preparing National Drug policy, which help the local company to increase their growth. At this moment , pharmaceutical sector of Bangladesh is 1.13 Billion dollar market. Bangladeshi pharmaceuticals industries are exporting medicines in 80 different countries.And the number is increasing day by day. Pharmaceutical industries are introducing sophisticated product like anticancer drugs, biotech product, insulin etc. There are many successful histories which made popular Pharmacy study in Bangladesh.
10 years ago bachelor of pharmacy (B.Pharm) was a three years course. At present, available pharmacy courses in Bangladesh are Bachelor of pharmacy, Master of pharmacy, Diploma in pharmacy beside this long term courses there are few short courses on pharmacy. Short courses are 6 month to 1 year. However, bachelor course is available in many public and private universities. There are 6 public universities and 22 private universities in Bangladesh with Pharmacy Department. Student with chemistry and biology background are able to admit. It is a four year course which segmented by eight semesters. Master of pharmacy is 1.5 year course, which is more specialized. Like if anyone want to perform industrial job will do masters on "Pharmaceutical Technology", "Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology" for hospital pharmacist and teaching related job, "pharmaceutical marketing" for product marketing department.
Few years ago,students of pharmacy got job during final year of their bachelor degree. The number of pharmacy graduate increasing day by day. After that student finishing bachelor degree got job after the bachelor course. Now a days, number of pharmacy students became so high that even they are not getting job after their master degree. Besides, job sector for the pharmacist also increased. They are working in Product Development, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Production, Marketing, Sales, Training, Regulatory Affairs, Commercial department etc. Few years ago, many pharmaceutical company assigned chemist to perform laboratory work but now pharmacist start to replace chemist from pharmaceutical industry.
Pharmacist are also working in veterinary industries. Today new job area for Bangladeshi pharmacist is Hospital Pharmacist and Clinical Pharmacist. Their working place is the hospital and deals with the patients and help the doctors to prescribe medicine. Thus error in prescribing wrong medicine and miss-dose also reduced. New opportunity in another sector is cosmetic industry.
Bangladesh is a land of medicinal plants. Thus, herbal medicinal industry also developing day by day. Some giant groups focusing their concentration in herbal industry. So, the demand of pharmacist in herbal industry are increasing day by day.Though food is on of the important part of our daily life, one of the main cause of disease development is food habit. But pharmacist is not part of this industry. Pharmacist should develop their career in food industry. Teaching of pharmacy is increasing now days, so pharmacy students are coming to teaching profession. Many pharmacist of Bangladesh has been migrated to different countries of the world and working there successfully. Some legend pharmacists are working as consultant of Pharmaceuticals industry setup according to MHRA, FDA, GCC, TGA regulation.
In 1964, pharmacy education started its journey with a slogan "study in Pharmacy go abroad". Till now this slogan remains constant in students mind. We are 32 students in our master of pharmacy batch. One of our friend already got scholarship in India at Jadavpur on "Pharmaceutical Technology" through a very competitive examination. Many of my friend preparing themselves to get scholarship abroad. 12 of our friends are doing jobs at renowned pharmaceuticals, two friends are involving in teaching profession. So, comparing with other courses pharmacy subject is more popular in Bangladesh, because of its high access to job field.