Under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dr Izhar Hussain and with the hard work, dedication and efforts of all the faculty members of the Department of Pharmacy, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Abbottabad, the Graduate (MS/ PhD) Programs of Pharmacy have been launched and have been included in the CIIT advertisement of Fall 2011 admissions. It is no doubt a great achievement for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences that in this short span of its establishment, it has been successful in launching its Graduate Programs.
The efforts to initiate Pharmacy Graduate Programs were started last year and with the participation and hard work of all the faculty members of Department, the Scheme of Studies of MS and PhD programs were designed for all the four streams of Pharmacy including, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and the same were got approved from Board of Studies in Pharmacy in its 3rd meeting held on October 25, 2010. Further approval of Scheme of Studies and launching of Graduate programs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, from Fall 2011, was accorded by Board of Faculty in Sciences, in its 9 th meeting held on December 13, 2010. Board of Advanced Studies and Research, in its 10th and 11th meetings held on December 20, 2010 and January 17, 2011 finally approved the Scheme of Studies and CEC gave administrative approval for launching of these programs from Fall 2011 semester. Resultantly Graduate programs in Pharmacy were advertised in Newspapers on Sunday, June 12, 2011.
Launching of Graduate Programs in pharmacy will not only be in the best interest of CIIT Abbottabad but will also earn good name for the Institute. It will help faculty members of the department to establish their independent research groups and carry out quality research of International standards at CIIT. It will also help to further increase the research productivity of the Department of Pharmacy, in terms of research publications, research supervision and winning more research grants, by its faculty members, from National and International Organizations.