The Pharmacy Council of India has permitted three colleges in Kerala to start the internationally recognized Pharm D course this academic year. This is the first time the Council permits colleges in Kerala to start the programme after the course was launched in the country in May 2008. The Colleges which got permission this year are Amrita School of Pharmacy, Eranakulam, National College of Pharmacy, Kozhikodu and Al Shifa College of Pharmacy, Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district.