TALK ON REGULATIONS FOR BIOLOGICALS
An invited talk was conducted on January 01, 2019 by Dr. Bobby George, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Reliance Life Sciences, Mumbai, for students of 2nd year M.Pharm Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Pharmacology, as well as 3rd & 4th year of B. Pharm & Pharm D. at Amrita School of Pharmacy. The topic was “Regulations for Biologicals”. It was a very interesting and interactive session covering the drug regulatory agencies and regulatory aspects, especially the biologicals.
B.Pharm final year students participated in the contest “ Swachha Bharat” during National Conference on “ Youth in Social change” organized by Manipal University to strengthen and promote Daan Utsav celebrations especially among the youth and the student community in India on 5th & 6thAugust 2017.
One day annual haematology CME meet “Consultative Hematology & VIIth ISIBT National Quiz- State level” was conducted by the Cochin Hematology Group on 24th June 2017 at Holiday Inn, Kochi, Kerala.
An annual haematology CME meet “Consultative Hematology & VIIth ISIBT National Quiz- State level” was conducted by the Cochin Hematology Group on 24th June 2017 at Holiday Inn, Kochi, Kerala. The meeting was mainly attended by haematologists, general practitioners, paediatricians, pharmacists and other health care professionals. The staff who attended the meet representing Amrita School of Pharmacy were Ms.Roshni Vipin, Assistant Professor accompanied by 4 students namely Mariam Varsha Joseph, Sharon A Georgy and Shilpa Raj – PharmD Interns 2016 and Veena Sasakan - MPharm 2015 batch.
AYUDH (AMRITA YUVA DHARMA DHARA)
An AYUDH camp was conducted from 23/12/17 to 28/12/17 at Amritapuri Campus, Kollam. Students and teachers from the various Amrita schools and colleges had attended the camp. Five students from Amrita School of Pharmacy, Akitha Ajay (Pharm D 2017), Sreelekshmi (Pharm D 2016), Arya (Pharm D 2016), Arya G.K (Pharm D 2015), Anandchandran (Pharm D 2015) attended the camp.Various tasks and activities were given to the members during the session of which each task had time limits. As for the winners of each tasks, the points were awarded to their respective teams. Highly motivational speeches were conducted by various prominent figues. The importance of taking initiativity and responsibility were highlighted throughout the session. A stupendous speech was delivered by Major General G D Bakshi that enlightened the students with the significance of patriotism. Students from all parts of India had attended this summit. It was indeed a wonderful experience for the members from Amrita School of Pharmacy.
Ayudh (Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara ) is an international youth movement of Mata Amrithanandamayi Math which seeks to empower young people to integrate universal values into daily activities starting with themselves. AYUDH's aim is to establish a future of hope, peace and social engagement while maintaining an awareness of spiritual principles. The movement also aims at youth empowerment to become compassionate leaders with a sense of tolerance, solidarity and global responsibility and thereby contribute to a peaceful and sustainable world.
Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi, hosted a talk by Mr. Nibu Parameswaran, Research Scholar, University of Tasmania, Australia on "Predictions of Hospitalization Due to Drug Reaction in Elderly Community Dwelling Patients" (The PADR-EC-Score), for Pharm D. & M. Pharm students, on October 12, 2017.
Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi, organised a workshop on in-silico drug design using Biovia Discovery Studio on 4th and 5th September, 2017. Dr. Sabitha M., Principal, Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi, lighted the lamp and inaugurated the event.
Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi, conducted a talk by Dr. Baskaran Thyagarajan, Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming, USA, on “ Obesity and Nanotherapeutics” for B. Pharm fourth year and M. Pharm first year and second year students, on August 22nd, 2017.
Amrita School of Pharmacy, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, conducted its 2017 Graduation Ceremony on August 21st, 2017. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Sabitha M., Principal, School of Pharmacy, Kochi, and Sampoojya Swamiji Purnamritananda Puri, General Secretary, Mata Amritanandamayi Math, gave the benedictory address.
1. Onam Celebrations - Avani 2014
September 04, 2014
Onam celebrations - Avani 2014 - was organized on September 04, 2014 at Amrita School of Pharmacy. The events were organized by team Aventadors (Pharm.D & B.Pharm 2012 batch). Event of the colorful day started with ‘Pookalamalsaram’ (floral carpet designing). The celebrations started with a prayer followed by welcome speech by Elizabeth C. Ninan of Pharm.D 2012 batch.
Onam message was delivered by Dr. Sabitha M., Principal, who wished everyone happiness along with prosperity and reminded about the importance of remembering the unprivileged people around us and extending possible helps to them during such festival season.
The program included an onam skit followed by a colourful traditional Thiruvathira by first year Pharm.D and B.Pharm 2014 batch. An onam fusion dance by Mavericks 2013 batch and group song by Aventadors 2012 batch were the other events which made the program unique. An election among teachers for Sreeman and Sreemathi was conducted from which Mr. Shan M., Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmaceutics was selected as Shriman and Ms. Saranya T.S., Lecturer, Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Analysis was selected as Srimathi.
In between, Maveli was welcomed along with Pulikkali. The events concluded with a vote of thanks by R. Hari of B.Pharm 2012 batch. A sumptuous Onasadhya was served and the day was turned even more joyous when many honorable invitees from Amrita Hospital joined the Onasadhya.
As a part of Teachers Day celebration, gifts were presented to all the teachers and soon the most awaited Onakkalikal started. Games included treasure hunt, lemon-spoon race, water balloon catch and throw, gems and straw trick, tongue twisters in which both students and teachers participated actively. The fun filled games marked an end to Avani 2014.
2. Adieu to Amrita School of Pharmacy Graduates
Graduands of pharmacy programs, B. Pharm., M. Pharm. and Pharm D. (PB) students from the Amrita School ofPharmacy received a fond farewell. On August 14, 2014, Amrita School of Pharmacy bid farewell to the outgoing students of B. Pharm. 2010 batch, M. Pharm. 2012 batch and Pharm. D. (PB) 2011 batch.
Dr. Sabitha M., Principal, Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi gave a heartfelt welcome to the future professionals. The benedictory address was delivered by Sampoojya Swami Poornamritananda Puri, General Secretary, Mata Amritanandamayi Math, followed by presidential address by Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi. »»
3. Ramayana Celebrations 2014 Held
August 13, 2014
To inculcate moral and ethical values in students, a Ramayana celebration was organized by Amrita School of Pharmacy on August 13, 2014 »»
4. Pharmaquiz 2014
April 07, 2014
A quiz competition based on the subject pharmacuetical sciences and medicine was conducted on April 07, 2014 in the School of Pharmacy. Fifteen students from B.Pharm, M.Pharm, Pharm.D and Pharm.D (PB) participated in the quiz competition.
There were 5 teams and the whole competition was divided into five rounds namely, general round, know your medicine round, subject choice round, visual round a rapid fire round. Final year B.Pharm students (Sandeep Sankaran, Radhika Unnikrishnan, Divine P. Daniel) bagged the first prize with 93 points. Pharm.D IV Year students (Aparna R. Das, K. Aditi, Anisha Mohan) won the second prize with 48 points.
5. Udghosh 2014
March 10-12, 2014
Displaying Sporting Talent, the School's Pharma Sports fest sees enthusiastic participation from students and staff members. The pharma sports fest Udghosh 14 began with an impressive inauguration on March 10, 2014. The meet was declared open by the Principal, Dr. Sabitha M. who also delivered an inspiring address. The inaugural ceremony included a marchpast by the different batches, lighting of the torch by athletes of various batches, oath taking by Sandeep Sankaran and captains of different classes followed by a colorful dance by the organising batch (2012 batch). A mascot was brought to the ground which entertained all staff and students.
The fest was for three days from March 10 - 12, 2014. Different indoor and outdoor games and athletics for both boys and girls were held during this period. There was tight but healthy competition in most of the games as the players gave their best in each of the games. Turnover of the supporters of different batches was also high. All the games were played in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
Mr. Sunil Dutt And Ms. Kavya, physical instructors at the Health Sciences campus deserve a special mention as they were present throughout and always gave full support to the students in all sports events. A cricket match between students and faculty members provided entertainment to all. The B. Pharm and Pharm D. (2010 batches) won the overall championship of Udghosh 2014.
The event had a graceful end with the sports flag being ceremoniously handed over to the organizers of the next year‘s sports fest followed by a colorful dance by 2013 batch. Prizes were distributed by the principal and faculty members. With AMMA’s grace and blessings, the 2012 batch and sports committee with the able support from the principal, teaching & non teaching staff and all students were able to make UDGHOSH 14 a grand success!!
6. Chess Competition
March 7, 2014
An inter collegiate chess competition was held as a part of starting an indoor club for the School of Pharmacy. This was conducted in association with Chess Association, Ernakulam. There were 16 participants representing the various schools at Health Sciences campus.
The first prize (cash award of Rs. 2500) was bagged by Adithya Vivek (MBBS 2012 batch) from the School of Medicine. Aravind Siva (B.Pharm 2010 batch) from the School of Pharmacy won the second prize (cash award of Rs. 1500). The third prize (cash award of Rs. 1000) was bagged by Anand Pillai (MBBS 2012 batch) from the School of Medicine. All the participants appreciated the competition and most of them had their first experience of playing the game in a professional way.
A talk on An Overview of Formulation Development in Big Pharma followed by an interactive session on Developing Soft Skills, Interviewing and Transitioning into a Non-R&D Career within the Pharmaceutical Industry by Dr. Siddharthya Mujumdar, Principal Scientist, Continuous Manufacturing Unit, Technical R&D, Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland and Dr. Swapna Bhagavanth, Scientific Communications on December 17, 2013.
As part of the periodic invited lectures organized for various batches of the School, several invited lecture session was convened at Amrita School of Pharmacy.
The first talk by Dr. Siddharthya Mujumdar was a technical overview of the drug development process as seen from a Pharmaceutics and a regulatory standpoint.Highlighting the roadblocks involved in the journey of a molecule from being a lead to a marketed drug, the speaker emphasized on strengthening the learning at the undergraduate level to attain strong fundamentals in the science.Citing his background in polymer engineering as an example, Dr. Siddharthya reiterated the multidisciplinary nature of Pharmaceutical research and showed how people from different academic backgrounds fit into the scheme of things in the industry.
Although attended by Pharm. D. students as well as P. G. research scholars, the final year B. Pharm. students were the target audience for these sessions. Vidya Viswanad delivered a vote of thanks and handed over mementoes to the speakers.
A talk on Chitosan based systems for the delivery of Biopharmaceutical drugs by Dr. Bruno Sarmento on July 26, 2013. He shared insights about natural polymer chitosan, covering various aspects such as types of chitosan, chitosan nanoparticles for delivery of drugs, proteins, genetic materials through various routes of administration like oral, ocular, nasal, etc. Dr. Sarmento's talk mainly emphasized on his research work to improve oral insulin delivery by incorporating insulin into solid lipid nanoparticles, dextran and alginate nanoparticles cotated with chitosan.
The chitosan coating provides optimum release of insulin with better antidiabetic action. Chitosan due to its hydrophobic character exhibit less intestinal solubility and due to its mucoadhesive property it provide prolonged contact time with intestine and also enhances paracellular transport by opening of tight junctions," he explained.
His talk covered various aspects of Nanotechnology like preparation method used, Nanocharacterization methods and selected invitro cell culture studies and invivo animal studies.
Dr. Sarmento also interacted with students and faculty members and answered their queries.
Dr. Sarmento is also Assistant Professor at Institute of Superior De Sciences, Norte, Gandra Porugal. He also served as Postdoctoral Research Associate in Department of pharmaceutical Technology at University of Porto, Portugal.
2. Dhwani 2013 - The Arts Fest
November 2 – 3, 2013
Students of all batches showcased their talents with joy and enthusiasm for the dynamic cultural extravaganza. The fest included both off-stage and on-stage events with full support from the teachers of all departments.
The off-stage events were conducted during October 21-28, 2013 which included programs such as pencil drawing, extempore, poem writing, essay writing in English and Malayalam, cartoon drawing, story writing, water coloring, debate, oil painting, recitation, mehandi designing, face painting, elocution, tableau and quiz competition.
The creative pulse was widened with the on-stage items such asthiruvathira, split dance, fancy dress, group song, folk dance, mime,adapt to tune, bharathanatyam, karaoke, mohiniyattam, folk song and a mesmerizing skit from all the teams.
The overall championship was bagged by the host batch Orionz 2011who were the organizers of the fest. Vineeth (III year B. Pharm. student) of Orionz was honored as Kalapratibha and Malavika ( III year Pharm. D. student) as Kalathilakam. The second place was acquired by Aventadors 2012, followed by Pegasus 2010 and Mavericks 2013.
The best speaker award went to Vineeth of III year B. Pharm. student (Orionz 2011 batch) and best actor award to Akamsh of I year B. Pharm. (Mavericks 2013 batch).
3. Onam Celebrations
September 12, 2013
The spirit of Onam was made more colorful with the cultural programs by students.
"Onam is a festival of prosperity, equality and happiness. When we develop attitude of care and concern for the feelings of others with the same as that of ours, life becomes easy and ultimately prosperity and happiness will also follow. But on the other hand when a person is very selfish and self oriented, the life becomes more strenuous than it is," shared Dr. Sabitha M., Principal, Amrita School of Pharamacy.
"Egoism is a failure for success, the importance of culture along with happiness makes a complete onam," noted Sri. Hariharan, Visiting Faculty, Value-based Education.
The staff and students enjoyed the delicious onam sadhya. As part of the onam celebrations, pookalam competition (Floral Decoration Contest), musical chair for faculty and other games were also conducted.
4. Dedicated to Selfless Service
September 11, 2013
With an intention to elevate social awareness of cleanliness of surroundings, Amala Bharatam Campaign cleanup initiative was performed in the School campus.
The aim of the campaign was to clinch initiatives to clean and promote health by proper disposal of garbage and wastes.
This endeavor was fulfilled with the full support of all the students and staffs packed with energy and enthusiasm for the fulfillment of the task in the college. The waste was separated out into non-degradable plastic waste to assist in its appropriate disposal. Several trucks helped with the waste collection and disposal effort.
“We are proud to be a part of this cleanup program” responded the students. The interest was enhanced when both the students and teachers of Amrita School of Pharmacy as well as Amrita Centre for Nanosciences & Molecular Medicine did the work side-by-side.
5. Emerging Role of Pharmacy Professionals in Indian Healthcare
September 6, 2013
In connection with Amritavarsham60 celebrations, the School organized a panel discussion titled Emerging Role of Pharmacy Professionals in Indian Healthcare.
The objective of the discussion was to mould the younger generation Pharmacy professionals to improve their professional outlook and to contribute significantly.
High-profile panelists included Aji Joseph Kurian (Drug Inspector, Ernakulam), P. K. Harikumar (Retired Senior Manager, KSDP), Dr. V. Sankar (Professor and HOD, Department of Pharmacy Practice, PSG College of Pharmacy, Coimbatore), Dinesh Pallipatmana (Senior Pharmacist, Amrita Pharmacy, AIMS, Kochi), Dr. Nishant Kumar Gupta (Senior Research Associate, Arjuna Naturals Extracts Ltd, Aluva), Rasheed P. M. (Managing Director, Medicare Health Solutions Pvt. Ltd),Shibu S. A. (Regional Head-Kerala (Sales), Clover Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.), Dr. Mohamed Hisham (Clinical Pharmacist, Dept. of Critical Care medicine, KMCH, Coimbatore), John Joseph (Research Scholar, Center for Nanotechnology, AIMS Kochi) and Elizabeth M. Koshy (Pharm.D (PB) Intern, Amrita School of Pharmacy).
The moderator, Mr. Naveen Kumar Panicker, Lecturer, Amrita School of Pharmacy, outlined the basic facts of how India emerged as a leading drug producer.
The discussion was an opportunity for shedding light on the role of Pharm D. in various aspects of healthcare sector. The discussion was dynamic and offered a glimpse of various sections in Pharmacy such as hospital and clinical pharmacy, institutional, wholesale, manufacturing production, academia and marketing.
An attempt was made to tackle the common issues faced by pharmacy professionals in the society.
The panel discussion was followed by a fun-filled skit which promoted the theme of harmful effects of self-medication.
6. Independence Day Celebration
August 14, 2013
The country's 67th Independence Day was celebrated with great fervor at the School. The zest and zeal with which the students and faculty members displayed was significant.
Emphasizing on the importance to understand the strong cultural and spiritual backbone of our country Principal, Dr. Sabitha M. shared valuable insights.
"The life in India is colorful with the variety of festivals, traditional rituals, art and dance forms. The values of discipline should be imbibed by all and the sacrifice of great people should always be remembered," she remarked.
A quiz competition was also conducted by quizmaster Mr. Aravind R. Mridula Ramkumar and Lavanya Chandran bagged the first place followed by Jayakrishnan and Ciciliya.
The celebration definitely helped to evolve a sense of patriotism in all the students.
7. Ramayana Quiz During Karkkidaka Masam
August 13, 2013
Quiz competition on the Ramayana during Karkkidaka month sees participation from students and faculty members.
The significance and symbolism of the epic and the importance of Ramayana in human life was elucidated by Dr. Sabitha M., Principal. She emphasized on the importance to lead a life based on dharma and truth.
For the questions tossed up by quizmaster S. Hariharan during the quiz competition based on the Ramayana, there was immense enthusiasm from the students and faculty members for the coordination and success of the quiz competition.
The first prize was bagged by the team Ayodhya - Neethu C. M. and Sruthy T. P. followed by the team Kishkinda - Sreelakshmi Sreekumar and Darshana Sudarshanan.
8. Outgoing Students Farewell
July 5, 2013
Graduands of pharmacy programs, B. Pharm., M. Pharm. and Pharm D. students from the Amrita College of Pharmacy received a fond farewell.
9. Intercollegiate Chess Competition
March 23, 2013
As part of the Pharma Sports Fest, a chess competition was conducted with Chess Association, Ernakulam. Aravind Siva S., student, won certificate and cash award of Rs. 4000/-.
10. Udghosh Sports Fest
March 12 - 16, 2013
Displaying Sporting Talent, the School's Pharma Sports fest sees enthusiastic participation from students and staff members.
UDHGHOSH 2013 began with a colorful inauguration on March 12, 2013 and was was spread over five days. The fest was inaugurated by Mr. T. P. Ouseph, Head, Coach of Mission Gold - A project of Kerala Cricket, Kerala.
The inauguration was followed by a colorful March Past and lighting of Olympic torch befitting any such occasion. Customary to such occasion, the fest also saw a dance program and fireworks. The students of the school proved their ability in the sports arena and the games were played in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
The faculty members also participated to make it a memorable event.
Orionz (B. Pharm. & Pharm. D. (Regular, 2nd year) were declared the overall champions.
The closing ceremony ended with the school flag being ceremoniously handed over to the organizers of the next year’s sports, followed by a dance of the next year’s organizer.Dr. Sabitha M., Principal, School of Pharmacy, distributed the prizes and with which the curtains were drawn.
1. Pharmacy Week Celebrations
November 19 - 23, 2012
Students and faculty of Amrita School of Pharmacy celebrate role of pharmacist in public health during National Pharmacy Week.
2. Adhvaya 2012 - The Arts Fest
October 14 - 16, 2012
Adhvaya, the colorful Arts Festival of the School of Pharmacy organized by BPharm and PharmD students.
3. Avani 2012 , 24th August 2012
August 24, 2012
The students and staff of Amrita School of Pharmacy celebrated Onam Avani 2012 on 24th August 2012.
The students conducted various competitions like Malayali Manka,Vachaka Raja, Thiruvathirakali, Group Dance, Onappattu, etc.
Students and staff had Onasadya and also they participated in various games like Uriyadi, Tug of War, Banana Eating, Filling the Bottle, etc.