PUAA and Swayam Cell organized a webinar "National Education Policy 2020: Joining the Dots"

Chandigarh October 24, 2020-Dr. Vishal Sharma, Coordinator Swayam Cell, Panjab University, welcomed the speakers and moderated the event. The honorable speakers for the event were Ms Vinita Arora, Dr. Rajiv Khosla and Mr. Sanjiv Gupta.

Ms. Vinita Arora, Senior Principal, Bhavan Vidhyala since 2016 explained the change from 10+2 to 5+3+3+4 system of the NEP 2020 in school education and its benefits. She spoke about vocational education and 36 degree assessment of students where the student will be assessed by his peers, self and teachers now. During interaction with the participants Ms. Arora agreed that the teachers should be trained before the implementation of NEP and a change in their mindset is also required so that they give equal importance to academics as well as sports or other areas like music and dance.

Dr. Rajiv Khosla, Associate Professor in DAV Institute of Management, Chandigarh discussed various other countries like England, Canada, Singapore etc. where our students looked up to for higher education. He discussed interesting facts about their education policies and said they have very strategically defined their educational objectives. He said that NEP 2020 is a very timely policy, the best brains have been used and lakhs of suggestions have been considered before making it. What is left is implementation of this policy. Dr Khosla also discussed the positive points and challenges of the policy.

Mr. Sanjiv Gupta, Chief GM –Manufacturing, SML ISUZU LTD, former Business Head, Swaraj Automotive Ltd. and Plant Head at M & M (Swaraj Division) prior to joining SML Isuzu Ltd. discussed the industry academia aspect of the policy. He said the good part of the policy is that students will gain numeric skills and critical thinking from a very young age now which will help them in their careers. He also said that the multiple entry and exit option available to students, innovation centres and entrepreneur cells available to students will be for their benefit. He also suggested that there should be a mix of industry experts and academicians in training and teaching. Mr Gupta concluded by saying that if there is a policy that helps in the proper collaboration of the industry and academics and proper teacher training then NEP 2020 will be unstoppable.

Next was an interesting round of interaction between the participants and the speakers where many questions were answered by all the speakers. Prof. Shashi Chowdhry said that it was a very informative session and she was glad that she could attend it. Ms. Sonia Chandel from PUAA proposed a vote of thanks.

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Chandigarh October 24, 2020

PU UIPS held webinar on “Innovations in NDDS: Challenges and Opportunities

MHRD Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) and placement cell of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a Webinar on “Innovations in NDDS: Challenges and Opportunities” by Dr Rakesh Kumar Bhasin, Vice President & Head R & D, Biocon Pharma Ltd, Bengaluru, Karnataka, under the UIPS Expert Talk Series, today.

Professor Indu Pal Kaur, Chairperson & Head Placement Cell UIPS, extended a warm welcome to everyone and introduced the Chief Guest and the Speaker.

The Chief Guest of the occasion, Professor V R Sinha, Dean Research, Panjab University, Chandigarh, stressed upon the importance of novel drug delivery system (NDDS), as an excellent tool to address the limitations of the traditional drug delivery systems like patient compliance, bioavailability, side effects and toxicity. He also acknowledged the contribution of Biocon, an innovation led fully integrated biopharmaceutical company involved in developing affordable biosimilars, novel biologics & complex APIs, in slashing down the insulin prices.

Dr. Rakesh initiated his talk by highlighting the global market shared by Novel drug delivery system as $ 212.8 billion in 2018. He gave his expert views on NDDS applications and opportunity for existing drug molecule to improve their bioavailability, safety and other problems with conventional dosage form, along with their new and expanded uses. Nanotechnology, holt melt extraction and 3DP printing being the current and new trends in NDSS formulation. Amalgamation of domain knowledge of biology , chemistry and Nano Technology is prerequisite for NDDS in nanotechnology like nanocrystals.

Citing examples of few sterile NDDS like Diprivan (nano emulsion), Abraxane (nanoparticles), Lupon (microspheres), implants, doxil (PEGylated liposomes), he discussed about transformation of the drug release profiles, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics parameters to improve product efficacy and safety, as well as patient convenience and compliance.

At the end he apprised of the major challenges faced by the industry and the FDA in terms of resources, complex formulation development, regulatory challenges, complex BE/clinical development requirements and commercialisation with the scalability being the foremost. Further he suggested the measures that can be taken to navigate theses challenges.

Dr Rakesh Bhasin is currently Vice President and Head-R&D (Formulation) at Biocon Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Bangalore. He has more than twenty-five years of industrial experience and was associated in leadership role with various reputed Pharmaceutical companies like Cadila Pharmaceuticals, Ipca and Dr. Reddy’s lab. He has several patents and publications to his credit. Dr Rakesh Bhasin has been awarded FDD Leadership Award 2018 by Express Pharma Pulse (Indian Express), for his contribution in the field of formulation development and drug delivery.

The talk was followed by an extensive Q&A session and was concluded successfully with a note of thanks by the Chairperson, Professor Indu Pal Kaur.

Around 200 participants joined the webinar and included students, researchers, UIPS faculty and distinguished guests.