New Delhi, 9th July 2010

Your Excellency, The President of India,

Honourable Minister of Health and Family Welfare

Sri P D Sheth, Vice-President, International Pharmaceutical Federation,

Honourable Members of the Pharmacy Council of India,

Honourable Past President, Vice-Presidents and former members of Pharmacy Council of India,

Officers of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,

Presidents and Secretaries of the various pharmacy professional organizations,

Vice-Chancellors, Registrars and Principals of various universities and pharmacy colleges,

Presidents, Registrars and members of various State Pharmacy Councils,

Distinguished invitees / Staff Pharmacy Council of India / Speakers from India and abroad,

My teacher colleagues from various pharmacy colleges, fellow pharmacist,

Members of the electronic, visual and print media,

Last but not the least my dear, dear, dear students,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Pharmacy Council of India, established in the year 1949, under the Pharmacy Act 1948 has successfully completed 60 years of service in pharmacy education and practice under the guidance and patronage of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. I would like to acknowledge and give tributes to all the past presidents and members of Pharmacy Council of India who nurtured the council in these 60 years. It is said that interaction and dialogue leads to confluence of various thoughts and opinions, thus leading to critical review. With this in mind, Pharmacy Council of India decided to commemorate this unique milestone of having completed its 60 years by organizing this National Seminar on Recent Trends in Pharmacy Education and Practice, involving participation of all stake holders from pharmacy profession be it academicians, regulators, students, various associations, hospital / community pharmacists and others.

I am sure that this seminar will provide a good platform to exchange ideas thus reaching an appropriate conclusion for defining the future growth of healthcare and role of pharmacists in the health value chain.

In the history of the Pharmacy Council of India today we have the unique honour and privilege of Her Excellency Smt Prathiba Devising Patil, the President of India to be with us while we are crossing this milestone

This is the first time in the history of the Pharmacy Council of India we have the gracious presence of the President of India to extend the gesture of patronage and encouragement to our profession. While thanking Her Excellency for this gracious gesture with due reverence and respects I extend a warm welcome on behalf of one million pharmacists of this country.

Your Excellency, your gracious presence today will further enthuse us in playing our role in healthcare delivery of our country.

We have with us today also the unique honour of having Honourable Minister for Health and Family Welfare Sri Gulam Nabi Azadji. I will be failing in my duty if I do not acknowledge here the patronage extended by Honourable Minister and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to the pharmacy profession and the pharmacists. The pharmacists of this country grateful to you sir for considering their request of placing them in PB-2 from PB-4 in the 6th Pay Commission recommendation. This has not only benefitted more than one lakh Government Pharmacists across the country but also help them regain their self esteem.

I also know your goodself for humane approach to our problems and once again deem it privilege to extend you a warm welcome on behalf of all the pharmacists of the country.

I have great pleasure in welcoming Sri P D Sheth, Vice-President of International Pharmaceutical Federation, Mr Mike Rouse, Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE), USA, Chairpersons, dignitaries from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Presidents entourage, distinguished invitees, students, members of the media and last but not the least all my fellow pharmacists.

The vision of Pharmacy Council of India envisages that in the year 2020, pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists working within various disciplines of pharmacy will be recognized as the medicines expert and expert in health promotion and disease prevention.

Let us all work together to realize this vision.

I once again welcome one and all.