Kathmandu University, Department of Pharmacy Graduate’s Reunion was organized at CV Raman Auditorium, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, on June 14, 2014 under initiation of Forum for Pharmacy (FoP). The program was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Exam controller and Dean, School of Science. Following his address to the graduates there were speeches of Dr. Rajani Shakya, Acting Head, Department of Pharmacy and Mr. Sailendra Shakya, Lecturer of Department of Pharmacy & staff coordinator of FoP. There was experience sharing from the graduates; Mr. Jaya Bir Karmacharya, Managing Director, Omnica Laboratories, Mr. Robash Kusum Subedi, Factory manager, Vega Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Hiraman Shankhadev, Senior Pharmacist, Dhulikhel Hospital etc. The program was followed by discussion session, cultural program and closing dinner.
“Pharmaquest- 2014 edition”, the official newsletter was published and inagurated on 14 June 2014 at C.V. Raman Auditorium Hall, Kathmandu University. The newsletter was jointly inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Exam controller, KU and Dean, School of Science, Dr. Rajani Shakya, Acting HOD, Department of Pharmacy and Mr. Jaya Bir Karmacharya, Factory manager, Omnica Laboratories on the occasion of “Kathmandu University Pharmacy Alumni Reunion”. The current edition of “Pharmaquest” newsletter was published by the team of seven members with Mr. Prakshit Niraula (BPharm, batch 2010) as editor in chief. This edition has been developed in magazine form and included various articles, interviews and experiences related to pharmaceutical science and healthcare system.
Capacity Building Training on ‘Quality Standard of Traditional Herbal Medicine in Nepal’ was held at CV Raman Mini Auditorium, Kathmandu University, from June 11-13, 2014. This training program was supported by University Grant Commission. Thirty five participants from different herbal drug companies and representatives from other universities were trained on different aspects of herbal drug manufacturing and quality control.
Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) conducted a Blood Donation Program under the collaboration with Nepal Red Cross Society on 11 June 2014 at the back of KU library. The 1st year pharmacy students (batch 2013) took the major responsibilities to organize the program. The medical staffs from Nepal Red Cross Society and other pharmacy students volunteered in the program. The program was held from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM and a total of 184 students, staffs and locals donated their blood in the program.
Dr Rajani Shakya visited Missouri, USA for pharmacy practice exposure at St Louis college of Pharmacy from April – May 11, 2014. The exposure was arranged and supported by Pharmabridge program under International Pharmacy Federation (FIP).
The various sport events like football, basketball, badminton and volleyball etc were conducted on the occasion of “Sudarshan Memorial BP cup 2014”. The students from 2nd year (Batch 2012) took the major responsibilities for the event. This event is organized every year under Forum for Pharmacy on the remembrance of former staff late Mr. Sudarshan Shrestha. This sport event facilitates pharmacy students to get involved in various sports activities. Prize distribution of this event was done on 16 Jun 2014.
- A day free health camp was organized at Shree Krishna Gopal High School, Dhunkharka-2, Mahankalsthan, Kavre on 10 May 2014 (27 Baisakh 2071). With the lead role of BPharm students (3rd year), Forum for Pharmacy (FoP), Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University organised the program in collaboration with Dhulikhel Hospital, Lion’s club of Kathmandu, Kanchanjangha, Shree Manakamana Bittiya Sahakari Sanstha Ltd, Banepa and Shree Krishna Gopal High School. Ten doctors (1 general physician, 1 ortho specialist, 2 ENT specialist, 4 Dentist, and 2 gynaecologists) from Dhulikhel Hospital were involved in the health camp. The eye specialists from Lion’s club conducted eye check-up. 13 patients were detected with cataract and free cataract surgery was arranged for them at Lion’s eye care center, Kathmandu . Medicines were collected from 8 different pharmaceutical companies and donars viz. Asian Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., National Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Nepal Pharmaceutical Laboratory Pvt. Ltd., Deurali Janta Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Omnica Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Simca Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Dhulikhel Health Office, Kavre and a medicine distributor from Kathmandu. Altogether 405 people were benefitted from the health camp.
Prof. Dr. R. N. Saha, Deputy Director, Research & Educational Development, Shri B K Birla & Smt. Sarala Birla Chair Professor, BITS, Pilani, (Rajasthan), India, visited the department on 22-29 December 2013. He delivered lectures on Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics to MPharm (Industrial Pharmacy) students during his visit.
Dr. Prabhakar Reddy Veerareddy, Principal, College of Pharmacy, Palamuru University, Mahabubnagar, AP visited the department on 22-29 December 2013. He took lectures of Drug Delivery System II for MPharm students.
On 20 December 2013, Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) successfully organized a workshop on “Good Laboratory Practice” at CV Raman Mini Auditorium. This workshop was targeted mainly for BPharm final year students. The resource persons were Ms. Shova Basnet, Managing Director, Zest Laboratories and Manager Factory Operations and Q.A. Chief, S. R. Drug Laboratories and Ms. Shiwani Khadgi, Senior officer, National medicine Laboratories.
On the occasion of WORLD AIDS DAY (2013), Forum for Pharmacy (FoP), KU, organized ribbon distribution program and fund collection program for the AIDS victims on 01 December 2013. The posters on awareness of HIV/AIDS were displayed at KU gate as well as gate at Department of Pharmacy. Beside these, awareness talk program was also organized to discuss about present scenario of HIV/AIDS in Nepal and in global scenario. Mr. Badri K.C., Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy delivered the presentation during the program.
Dr. Christine R. Birnie, Fulbright Fellow, Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, visited the department on 8-10 December 2013. She gave a guest lecture on "The US Pharmacy Education System: PharmD and Beyond" to Pharmacy undergraduate and PharmD students. On the same day she conducted a faculty development workshop: "The Use of Active Learning to Enhance Classroom Teaching" targeted to teaching staffs of the university.
Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) organized an experience sharing talk program on Friday 29 November 2013 in Department of Pharmacy by Mr. Badri K.C., Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, KU. Mr. K.C attended an International Good Pharmacy Program (GPP) Training in Taiwan, from 7 to 11 November 2013 which was organized by Pharmaceutical Society of Taiwan. About 50 pharmacy undergraduate students and teachers were present in the program. He was nominated by Nepal Pharmaceutical Association (NPA).
Mr. Umanadan Mishra, an eminent personality in international pharmaceutical sector with forty years of experience in pharmaceutical industry and a former vice-president of Astra Zenaca, visited department of Pharmacy in 22 – 28 September 2013. He took some lectures on Pharmaceutical Management to MPharm (Industrial Pharmacy) students. He also gave talk program on topics “Career in Pharmacy” and “Life Skills” to the staffs and students of the university at CV Raman Main Auditorium.
As an attempt to aware people about diabetes and to help to maintain quality life of diabetic patient, under the lead role of students of BPharm (Batch 2011), Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) organized one day Free Diabetes Camp at Shree Chandeshwori Higher Secondary School, Nala, Kavre district on 28 September 2013. The screening of blood glucose level of the patients along with free medical despensing and counselling services regarding diabetes was conducted during the camp. Doctors and lab technicians from Dhulikhel hospital provided the services to the patient. The medicines and the required daibetes kits were provided by Deurali Janata Pvt Ltd. and Nepal Pharmaceutical Laboratories Pvt Ltd. A total of 192 patients had their blood glucose level tested during the camp.
Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) organised a talk program on "Scope and Challenges of Hospital Pharmacy in Nepal" at Department of Pharmacy on 5 July, 2013. The guest speaker on the program was Mr. Chain Kumar Bajracharya, senior Pharmacist, Kathmandu Model Hospital. The program helped the students to know about the present scenario of hospital pharmacy practice in Nepal and the possibilities in its improvement.
One day Blood Donation Program was organized on the 22nd April 2013 at the social hall of Kathmandu University to help Nepal Red Cross Society to fulfill the demand of blood. The event was organized by Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) under the collaboration with Nepal Red Cross Society, Central Blood Transfusion Service, Kathmandu. The 1st year pharmacy students took the major responsibilities to organize the program and 10 medical staffs from Nepal Red Cross Society and other pharmacy students volunteered in the program. The program was held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and a total of 111 students, staffs and locals donated their blood in the program. Out of 111 donors, 89 were male and 22 were female. Despite the poor weather conditions and difficulty in accessing the blood donation site, large number of people participated in the program.
- One day free health camp was organized at Shree Bramayani Secondary School, Gairibisauna, Deupur-4 of Kavre district on May 4, 2013 (Baisakh 21, 2070). The main objective of the program was free health check up, free dispensing of medicines and counseling to the patients. The program was organised by Forum for Pharmacy (Fop), Kathmandu University in collaboration with Dhulikhel Hospital, District Health Office and Shree Bramayani Secondary School. Third year pharmacy students took the major responsibility to organize the health camp and many other pharmacy students volunteered the program. Nine doctors (1 general physician, 1 ortho specialist, 1 ENT specialist, 3 Dentist, and 2 gynaecologists) from Dhulikhel Hospital were involved in the health camp. Medicines were collected from 17 different pharmaceutical companies and District Health Office, Kavre. Altogether 413 people were benefitted from the health camp.
Realizing the role of pharmacist toward public health and community, 3rd year pharmacy students under Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) also conducted a public awareness program on that day in providing awareness on oral hygiene, cleanliness, several diseases, menstruation, sexual and reproductive health and climate change. Pamphlets on the related topics were distributed during the program. Animations and cartoons, oral and slide presentation were also presented. Around 200 people participated in the program. The participants were mainly secondary level students of Shree Bramayani Secondary School and the local people.
Dr. Suresh Bhagavatula from Nadathur S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, India visited Department of Pharmacy and conducted 3 day workshop on Entrepreneurial Skills for MPharm Students of Industrial Pharmacy from 4-6 November 2012. He also metDean of KU School of Management Professor Subas KC and interacted with faculty and MBA students in KUSOM complex, Balkumari, in Kathmandu.
An interaction program was held at the auditorium of KIST Hospital on November 1, 2012. Dr. Mohamed Izham, Professor, Qatar University, College of Pharmacy, Dr. Hisham S. Alijadhey, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Dr. Mahesh Khakurel, Hospital Director, KIST Hospital, Dr. T. P Thapa, Principle, KIST Medical College, Dr. R. Piryani, Deputy Hospital Director, Dr. Subish Palain, Chief Pharmacist, Bharatpur medical college , faculties from Department of Pharmacology, KIST Medical College, medical officers of KIST Hospital, Dr. Rajani Shakya from Department of Pharmacy, KU and PharmD students (interns and first semester) were present in the program. The program focused mainly on the role of PharmD students and graduates in patient care in clinical setting. The experts gave suggestions and guidance to PharmD students regarding establishing their position in the society along with improving inter-professional relationship. They emphasized on development of effective communication skills to support clinical pharmacy practice, particularly in the area of patient counselling and communication with physicians and other health care staffs. Five of the PharmD first batch students are doing their internship at KIST Medical College.
Professor Dr. MD Selim Reza from Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh visited Department of Pharmacy on 2 October 2012 in relation with PhD thesis adjudication of Rajani Shakya.
Dr. Uttam Budhathoki received "Nepal Bidhya Bhushan Ka" from Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, President, Democratic Republic of Nepal in 2012.
Orientation program of MPharm (Industrial Pharmacy) and PharmD (Post Baccalaureate) program was held at the Department of Pharmacy on 14 September 2012. Welcoming new students on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean, School of Science and the HOD, Department of Pharmacy, explained in detail on the rules and regulations of these programs. Along with instructing the students for maximum utilization of the available resources he further emphasized on their active participation and involvement in learning process.There are altogether twenty one students admitted in MPharm (Industrial Pharmacy) and nine students admitted in PharmD (Post Baccalaureate) this year.
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) Training
co-organized by Nepal Pharmaceutical
Association (NPA) and Department
of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University, held successfully
at Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel,
Nepal. There were 13 participants
(5 Female and 8 Male). The Program was held
from 29 July to 01 August 2012.
Ms. Rajani Shakya, Mr. Shailendra
Shakya and Mr.
Himal Paudel Chhetri were involved in the training
as a trainer.
Health Camp: On Saturday, July 21, 2012,
FoP organized a Free One day Health Camp in Shree Dedi Thumka
Higher Secondary School, Kuntabesi, Kavre. Under FoP, 3rd year
pharmacy students took the responsibility of the program. The
camp was organized by FoP, under collaboration with Dhulikhel
Hospital and Rotaract club of Budol. The main purpose of the
program was free health check up along with free medicines distribution
and counseling services. Dhulikhel Hospital, provided the medical
manpower for the camp. Five doctors of different specialty (Eye,
1-ENT, 1-Gynae/Obs, 2-General Medicine) participated in the
camp. Medicines required for the camp was collected from ten
different pharmaceutical companies and District Health Office,
Dhulikhel. Partial financial support was obtained from Rotaract
Club and School Management Committee of Shree Dedi Thumka School.
A total of 142 people had their health checked, ailments diagnosed,
free medicine dispensed in the camp.
donation program: As per the program schedule
of Forum for Pharmacy (FoP), Blood Donation Program was organized
on the 5th of June, 2012. Under the co-ordination of Vice-President
of FoP, BPharm 1st year students took the responsibility of
the program. The event was organized under the collaboration
of Nepal Red Cross Society, Central Blood Transfusion Service,
Kathmandu at the dining hall of C.V. Raman Auditorium in Kathmandu
University. The program was held between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
and a total of 186 blood donors participated in the program.
Most of the donors were undergraduate students from Kathmandu
University. Few faculty members and staffs also donated in their
blood. Out of 186 donors [Male: 158; Female: 28]. Among 158,
majority, i.e. 102 were repeat donors. They had contributed
to the program last year also. Compared to last year, number
of donors this year, increased by 25 percent.
Prabhakar Reddy Veerareddy, MPharm., PhD., PDF
(USA), came to Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu Univeristy
as a Visiting Professor to take Drug
Delivery II Classes for MPharm students. He
was in the department from 03
- 12 June 2012.
Ellaiah Poluri and Dr.
P. Uday Shankar took Pharmaceutical
Biotechnology (Theory and Lab) for MPharm
and PharmD students from 15
April to 07 May 2012.
day workshop on “Research Writing Skills”
was held in Mini-auditorium, C. V. Raman Auditorium,
Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal on
07 and 08 May 2012. The workshop
was organized by Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu
University with the support of
International Network for Availability of Scientific Publications
(INASP) and Authoraid.
Prof. Panna Thapa, Dean, School of Science, inaugurated
the program. There
were 40 participants (MPharm/PharmD students
and young pharmacy faculties) from
three universities (Kathmandu University, Pokhara University
and Purbanchal University). Prof. Panna Thapa, Dr. Uttam Budhathoki,
Dr. Rajendra Gyawali, Dr. Ravi Shankar and Ms. Durga Bista were
the resource persons in
Dr Rajendra Gyawali,
Assistant Professor of Department of Pharmacy has
been participated in the postdoctoral research
program at Jeju National University
under the fellowship of Ministry
of education science and technology, Republic of Korea. During
the period of August 2011
to February 2012, he
worked on anticancer properties of medicinal
herbs, their phytochemical analysis (GC-MS and LC-MS) and the
mechanism involved in the cell death of cancer cell lines.
Dr. Uttam Budhathoki
worked at Institute
of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology, University of Heidelberg,
Germany under Professor
Stefan Wolfi from
22 Jan to 24 Feb 2012 as
a visiting scholar. The
program was supported and arranged by Erasmus
Mundus Mobility with Asia (EMMA).
B. Mullen, Professor, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
took classes to MPharm
students on 21
& 22 February 2012.
Dr. Paul W.
S. Heng, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
delivered a lecture on "The
Science of Pellet Formation". The
presentation discussed the various
techniques of making spherical agglomerates or pellets.
The theories on the formation
of pellets also reviewed together with the function
of spheronization aids. BPharm
(4th Year) students, MPharm & PharmD students and faculty
from Department of Pharmacy and Department of Biotechnology
were present in the program.
Dr. Uttam Budhathoki attended Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical Education Workshop and Asian Federation Pharmaceutical Science Conference held in Management & Science University, Malaysia from 08 to 12 December 2011. He attended an official meeting with Pharmacy Council of Singapore on 14 December 2011 in Singapore.
Dr. Uttam Budhathoki presented a paper at International Conference at Amity University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India on 12 Nov 2011. He was invited as a keynote speaker for the conference.
Mr. Himal Paudel Chhetri, Lecturer and PhD Research Student at the Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University, along with Mr. Anil Adhikari from Tribhuwan University represented Nepal and successfully completed the Invitation Program for Science and Technological Human Resources under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) Program 2011 in Japan as the first batch participant from Oct 16 – 29, 2011.
Prof. Panna Thapa has received Authoraid Grant from INASP for conducting a research writing workshop at Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University.
UCB Biosciences GmbH, Alfred-Nobel-StraBe 10-40789 Monheimm, Germany donated 74 books to Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University. The donation came through Dr. Linda B. Hakes, President, Industrial Pharmacy Section, FIP and Dr. Agathe Wehrli, Pharmabridge, FIP.
Blood Donation program was organized by Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) on the 6th of June, 2011. BPharm 1st year students under FoP took the responsibility of the program. The program was held at the basement in the C.V Raman Auditorium under the collaboration of the Banepa Red Cross Society. Main purpose of program was to help the Red Cross gather blood and thereby aid in the supply of increasing blood demands at the hospitals. A total of 151 donors donated their blood. Most of the donors were the Undergraduate students from different faculties studying in Kathmandu University. Few faculty members and some local people also contributed to the program. This year’s collection by far has the highest number of donors.
As the annual programme of Forum for Pharmacy (FoP), Free Health Camp was organized this year in Saping village of Kavre district on 11th of June, 2011(Jestha 28, 2068). The theme for this year’s Health Camp was free health check up and frees dispensing of the drugs. Keeping that on mind the 3rd year Pharmacy students, under the Forum for Pharmacy (Fop), Kathmandu University in collaboration with Dhulikhel hospital and Samajik Jagaran Manch organized a one day free health check up along with free medicine dispensing and counseling with the Dhulikhel hospital doctors in the respective place. Medicines for the camp were collected from nine different pharmaceutical companies, and District Health Office, Dhulikhel. 6 doctors of different specialty (1- Eye, 1- ENT, 1- Gynae/ Obs, 3- General Medicine) participated from Dhulikhel Hospital - Kathmandu University Teaching Hospital . A total of 220 people had their health checked, ailments diagnosed, freee medicines dispensed along with proper counseling. FoP has been performing such health related awareness programs in the past and is dedicated to organize such program in future too.
Mr. Uttam Budhathoki participated in AuthorAid Research Writing Skills and Train the Trainers workshop at Tribhuvan University Central Library, Kathmandu, Nepal from 14 to 18 March 2011.
Dr Rajendra Gyawali, Lecturer of this department has been nominated in member of National Climate Change Committee of Ministry of Environment, Government of Nepal.
Dr Rajendra Gyawali, Lecturer of this department participated on workshop entitled “Natural Products Chemistry and Laboratory Methods” organized by Pokhara University on March 10-11, 2011, Nepal. He delivered a lecture on “Research trend and quality tenderization of Nepalese herbal drugs”.
Professor Panna Thapa Head, Department of Pharmacy and Dean, KU School of Science participated as a panelist related to Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QAA) issues in the National Conference on Higher Education in Nepal held in Kathmandu during 10-11 February 2011.
Dr Rajendra Gyawali delivered an invited lecture on &