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11th Nov 2017

The Education Division of Indian pharmaceutical Association (IPA) has been regularly organizing the National Elocution Competition since 1989 for developing intellectual and elocution skill of Pharmacy students.

The Preliminary rounds are organized in respective colleges and the winner from each college compete at a common State Level platform. The first two winners represent the state in the semifinal round and the finals are conducted at the "Indian Pharmaceutical Congress”.

Dr. Bala Prabhakar, Dean of Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy & Technology Management, Mumbai was appointed as the State Co-ordinator of Elocution Competition, Maharashtra State for the year 2017.

This year’s State level competition was organized on 11th November 2017 at 3.00 pm in Room 410 of the Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy & Technology Management, SVKM’s NMIMS, V.L. Mehta Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai-400 056.

Dr. Veeranjaneyulu Addepalli (Senior Professor and Head of Pharmacology, Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy & Technology Management, Mumbai), Prof. Supriya Mahajan (Principal I/C & Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, C. U. Shah College of Pharmacy, Mumbai), Dr. Vaishali Dixit ( Associate Professor, Head of Pharmacology Department, MET Institute of Pharmacy, Mumbai) were the judges for the Maharashtra State level competition.

The topic decided by IPA for the state round was "Know about your Medicines; Ask your Pharmacist”

Out of the six participants from different colleges of Maharashtra who registered for the competition; two participated in this event. The participants were well prepared and did justice to the topic. They emphasized that pharmacists have all round knowledge about medicines and should play a role in assisting doctors in prescribing drugs for patients. Patients should also take the initiative to consult a pharmacist to gain better knowledge about their medications so that adverse reactions due to improper methods of medicine consumption or drug-drug interactions can be avoided.

The winners were decided based on the criteria that were mentioned in the guidelines of the National Elocution Competition-2017. The First Prize winner was Ms.Rituparna Acharjee (Fourth year B.Pharm) from Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy & Technology Management. The Second Prize winner was Ms. Abna Sreedhar (Second year M.Pharm) from Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Pharmacy, Mumbai.

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