World Pharmacist Day is celebrated to recognize the importance and the great work performed by pharmacists across the world. The special day is dedicated to the pharmacists and the day is celebrated as ‘World Pharmacists Day’ on September 25, every year, at the international level. 

The day was established by International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), which is the global body representing pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical education. The Turkish members of FIP suggested the date because the FIP was established on the same day in 1912. 

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World Pharmacists Day 2021: Theme

Every year, the day is celebrated under a particular theme and the theme for this year is – “Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health.” 

According to FIP, “Trust is a central part of all human relationships and a fundamental element of social capital. Trust is also essential to health care: there is a significant association between trust in healthcare professionals and health outcomes for patients. Across diverse clinical settings, patients reported greater satisfaction with treatment, showed more beneficial health behaviours and fewer symptoms, and experienced improved quality of life when they had higher trust in their healthcare professionals.” 

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World Pharmacists Day 2021: Father of Indian Pharmacy

Prof Mahadeva Lal Schroff is known as the father of Indian pharmacy for his contribution to the field of pharmacy. 

Prof ML Schroff was born on 6th March 1902 at Darbhanga (Bihar), India. He completed his schooling in Bhagalpur (Bihar) and passed his intermediate examination in 1920. After that, he joined Engineering College, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, India. In 1925 he did his UG degree in Arts with honors in chemistry & in 1927 his PG degree MS in chemistry & microbiology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He was elected the first vice president of Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) in 1949 and later on became the first-elected PCI president in 1954. 

World Pharmacists Day 2021: Top Pharmacy Colleges in India

According to the NIRF Ranking 2021, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi has topped the first rank in the Pharmacy colleges category. Panjab University, Chandigarh and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani were at second and third positions respectively. The fourth and fifth positions were bagged by the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Mohali and Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai respectively.

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