Students of pharmacy back ground who got their M. Pharm opt for PhD in pharmacy as a higher education.
This can be for many reasons like government jobs as scientist and academicians. Or in private sector for better position in pharmaceutical industry in comparison to their other educated counterparts.
Some of them do it due to the desire to have a doctorate (to have “Dr.” tag before their name ;-). While very few of them do as they can’t get into proper job after their PG.
But interestingly we can notice many people drop out of the program due to one or other reason.
For those who are willing consider
- Financial support.
- The institute or universities offering the PhD course.
- Full time or Part time mode.
- The subjects of pharmacy for PhD.
- The supervisor or guide (quality in terms of work and support).
- Time span available.
a) Financial support: For doing PhD in full time basis, one needs scholarship or fellowship as a financial support for 3 to 5 years of the course. Financial support can be obtained from the mother institute where you pursue your PhD or from institutes like CSIR, ICMR, DBT, Rajiv gandhi fellowships (for SC & ST candidates)
b) The universities offering the PhD course: This is vital as the name and reputation of the university is given value during the selections based on a PhD. Further if you wish to apply for fellowships or travel grants to attend seminars in abroad, this reputation of the university matters.
The list of few universities offering PhD in Pharmacy.
- Banaras Hindu University.
- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and research (NIPER). with campuses at Mohali, Hyderabad, kolkata, Ahmedabad.
- MS University Baroda.
- Dr. Harisingh Gour University Sagar, Sagar University-Sagar.
- Punjab University (PU)- Chandigarh.
- Jamia Hamdard (pharmacy department)
- BITS at Pilani & Ranchi campuses.
- Andhra University etc..
c) Full time or Part time mode: One has an option to pursue PhD in full time (regular) or part time basis. But for better PhD work and publications, the regular mode is preferable. Yet the part time PhD has its own set of advantages.
d) The subjects of pharmacy for PhD: This is vital and commonly available subjects for PhD include pharmaceutics, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, medicinal chemistry, clinical or hospital pharmacy, analysis etc. The selection into them is based on the M.Pharm specialization and also the interest of the supervisor willing to take the candidates.
e) The supervisor: The guide plays an important role to the student for PhD. The time span, quality of work, laboratory facilities, publications, patents, foreign travel for conferences etc. depends largely on the guide. So check out supervisor under whom you work for your PhD. This can be done to some extent by evaluating their profiles starting from their PhD, number of students guided, projects, countries visited etc.
f) Time span available: Faster completion of PhD is preferred by everyone. But one should also keep in mind the quality of PhD if planning to go for post doctoral research or academics. Individual efficiency, the work undertaken, guides cooperation etc. are some deciding factors.