SC sets up PCI to process requests from new pharmacy colleges

The Supreme Court on Tuesday instructed the Pharmacy Council of India to accept and process the applications of new pharmacy colleges that the high courts of Delhi and Karnataka have moved against a moratorium issued by the legal body.

The Supreme Court said today that education has become an industry and there are large business houses, expressing concern about the mushrooms of pharmacy colleges in the country.

“Because of the high cost of medical education here, students from India were forced to go to Ukraine. It is much cheaper there,” the Supreme Court said.

A holiday bench of justices BR Gavai and Hima Kohli made the observation at the hearing of an appeal filed by the Pharmacy Council of India against the orders of the two high courts.

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“By way of ad-interim orders, we direct the Pharmacy Council of India to accept and process the application of the petitioners who were petitioners before the Supreme Court and no final decision is taken on approval or rejection until the final decision, said the bank. , puts the case before hearing on July 26.

Attorney General Tushar Mehta, appearing before the Pharmacy Council, stated that the moratorium was issued because of the mushrooms of pharmacy colleges, and in fact these are “industries” in the clothing of institutions.

The colleges’ lawyer stated that they had lost three years due to the moratorium.

In response, Mehta said: “The tricky part is that colleges say we’ve lost three years. I can understand students saying that, but not colleges that are industry.

The Supreme Court heard appeals filed against an order of the Delhi Supreme Court that lifted the moratorium by lifting it at the opening of new pharmacy colleges for five years with effect from the academic year 2020-21.

The Supreme Court had said that a statutory body must trace the source of its power to a statutory provision and the exercise of executive power by PCI in this case was more than its jurisdiction and therefore could not be maintained.

The verdict was adopted on a batch of 88 written petitions challenging the moratorium and its exceptions. The plaintiffs were entities that claimed to want to set up pharmacy colleges and therefore required prior approval of the PCI.

The moratorium did not apply to government institutions, institutions in the Northeast region, and the states or union areas where the number of D.Pharm and B.Pharm institutions is less than 50.

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