Among the colleges in India that offer professional pharmacy education, the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences - MCOPS as it is widely known as a unique standing. It is presently one of the premier institutions of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

MCOPS of today owes its origin to the vision and enterprise of Late Dr. TMA Pai, who ushered in an era of self-financed education, an event that changed the Indian landscape of tertiary education. A college that started offering a Diploma in Pharmacy (DPharm) education in 1963, became a degree college for a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) program in 1965. Eventually, MCOPS became the first college to offer a postgraduate course (MPharm) in Karnataka in 1970 and the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in 2008 in India.

MCOPS attracts students from far and wide. The institution adheres to all quality measures in terms of imparting education to its students. No wonder then that many of the students of MCOPS easily get GPAT scholarships for pursuing higher education. Those who embark on higher education abroad after their graduation from MCOPS get selected in prestigious international universities of the UK, USA, and Australia to name a few. Industries like Ranbaxy, Dr. Reddy’s, Astra Zeneca, Sun Pharma, and so on have a number of students from MCOPS working in various capacities.

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Department of Pharmaceutics

The Department of Pharmaceutics is a place where commitment to excellence in academia, research and development is demonstrated through the productivity and success of our faculty and students. We continue to march with times and our program focuses on expanding the scientific avenues for improving the delivery of drugs and therapeutic agents. We offer a training environment that includes the latest formulation laboratory instrumentation and technologies supervised by experienced teachers and dedicated staff.

The Department of Pharmaceutics, established in 1970 in MCOPS, has two MPharm specializations viz., Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy, each having intake of 15 students. The department is equipped with the state of art laboratories and ultra-modern facilities which have been considered as one of the most sophisticated infrastructure in the country. The department has competent faculty members and supporting staff. The department also offers training for research students seeking a PhD degree. The department is being headed by Dr Srinivas Mutalik.

Several research articles are published in reputed journals every year. The department undertakes research projects from the government as well as private funding agencies. The department has marked its importance in research activities and IPR by having 8 patents in the area of drug delivery. It has set up research collaborations within the university, with other universities and companies within India and also with foreign universities. Also, it has an excellent placement record. Academic and research excellence is achieved by changing curriculum, syllabus, and pedagogy to meet the current requirements of pharmaceutical industries, academics, and regulatory bodies.

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) is synonymous with excellence in higher education. Over 28,000 students from 57 different nations live, learn and play in the sprawling University town, nestled on a plateau in Karnataka’s Udupi district. MAHE has more than 2500 faculty members and almost 10000 other support and service staff, who cater to the various professional institutions in health sciences, engineering, management, communication, commerce and humanities, and also has Wi-Fi-enabled campus. The University has off-campuses in Mangalore and Bangalore, and off-shore campus in Dubai (UAE), Nepal, Antigua and Malaysia. Every institute has world class facilities and pedagogy, which are constantly reviewed and upgraded to reflect the latest trends and developments in higher education.

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