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News and Events 2015 – 2016

a)DUPHAT 2016 (15th – 17th March 2016)

RAKCOPS students shine at DUPHAT 2016, bag 04 prizes

Dubai International Pharmaceuticals & Technologies Conference & Exhibition (DUPHAT) was held in Dubai from 15th -17th March, 2016.

The event saw a very enthusiastic participation from about 64 students & 16 faculty for a period of 03 days. A total of 30 posters (20 B.Pharm, 8 MS students & 2 faculty) were presented at the conference.

The students made RAKCOPS & RAKMHSU proud by bagging 04 awards in the best oral, innovation, thematic and presentation categories.

DUPHAT is a premier Pharmaceutical and Technology event in the Middle East. In its 21st edition it attracted over 18, 000 visitors & participants from about 73 countries. 420 exhibitors’, 30 lectures & 30 workshops, 70 speakers and 450 posters presentations were organized.

RAKCOPS thanks the Vice Chancellor for the support & encouragement for the students & faculty for DUPHAT 2016 participation.

Award Winners



1st Author

Co- Authors

Faculty Supervisor




Nanogels and their applications as drug delivery systems Zernila Zaheer
(B.Pharm Year 4)
Hala Hashem
(B.Pharm Year 4)
Rawan Mosad
(B.Pharm Year 4)
Dr. Hemant Yadav Thematic 2nd Place


Animals in Pharmaceutical Research Shifaa Khaled
(B.Pharm Year 4)
Duaa Khaled
(B.Pharm Year 4)
Dr. Ramesh Innovation 6th Place


Assessment of Medication Adherence in Patients with Chronic Diseases Bana Mohammad
(B.Pharm Year 3)
Ghufran Ayman
(B.Pharm Year 3)
Mr. Atiqulla Shariff Oral 6th Place


United We Stand for Thalassemia Awareness: Evaluation of thalassemia awareness among the future healthcare providers Aicha Ahmed
(B.Pharm Year 4)
Besher Abdulkader
(B.Pharm Year 4)

World Pharmacists Day 2015

RAK College of Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrated the World Pharmacists Day on 28th October 2015, with the theme “Pharmacist – Your Partner In Health” as recommended by the FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation).

Medicines must go hand in hand with pharmaceutical expertise, or in other words, with pharmacists. This is a partnership essential to the responsible use of medicines. Every day three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world act as partners to patients, other health care professionals and other scientists, throughout the whole supply chain and with the shared vision of better health.

About 200 participants including Vice Chancellor, Deans and Chairpersons of RAKMHSU, pharmacy students, faculty and staff gathered for a half day program in the RAKMHSU auditorium.

Dr. Gurumadhva Rao, Vice Chancellor of RAKMHSU inaugurated the World Pharmacist Day 2015. He emphasized the importance of pharmacists in achieving desired healthcare outcomes and encouraged students to benefit from the university facilities and contribute to patient healthcare as individuals and as responsible members of the society. Dr. BG Nagavi, Dean, RAKCOPS highlighted that it is the responsibility of pharmacists to educate the public on the correct use of medicines and on the maintenance of health.

As a part of World Pharmacists Day celebrations oral presentation, essay writing and hand-made poster competitions were organized which saw enthusiastic participation from around 50 B.Pharm students. The events served as a platform for the pharmacy students to show case their knowledge as well as creative and communication skills. The winners were awarded with certificates of appreciation and trophies.

APTI-RAKMSU International Convention – 29th February 2016 Theme: Modern trends in pharmacy education: Team based learning and institutional research

Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI)-RAKMHSU International Convention was held on 29th February 2016. This convention was a combined effort of APTI (India) and RAKCOPS-RAKMHSU, Ras al Khaimah, UAE. This was the first collaboration between APTI and RAKMHSU to promote the relationship between the teachers of these two professional organizations. The main purpose of the convention was to have brain storming sessions among the participants on current trends of pharmacy education in UAE and India. RAKCOPS and university faculty and officers also attended the convention.

The day started with the registration of the delegates (55 in number) and a guided tour to the university. Meanwhile the presenters fixed their posters. A total of 28 posters were presented out of which 9 were from the RAKCOPS faculty and the rest were from Indian delegates. After this the delegates assembled in the auditorium at around 10.00 am for inauguration ceremony. The ceremony started with National Anthem and Quran recitation by Dr. Omer Sarheed, Associate Professor, Dept. Pharmaceutics followed by welcome address by Dr. G.M. Rao Vice Chancellor RAKMHSU. After opening address, the ceremony was formally inaugurated by Dr. Yasser E. H. Al Nuaimi, Advisor, Ministry of Health, Pro Chancellor, RAKMHSU. Dr. Nuaimi welcomed the Indian delegates and appreciated Dr. B. G. Nagavi’s efforts to hold a convention where faculty from two different countries got an opportunity to interact at a common platform. After this Dr.M. D. Burande, President APTI, India addressed the delegates and expressed his gratitude for organizing the joint venture.

The inauguration ceremony was followed by distribution of mementos to the guests, speakers, chairpersons of sessions and organizing committees and photo session with all delegates.

The first scientific session started at 11.00am and was chaired by Dr. Amad Al Azzawi and Dr. B. P. Nagori. The first speaker Dr. Sathvik B. Sridhar, Associate Professor, RAKCOPS, gave an overview of the pharmacy institutes and curriculum in UAE with a special focus on RAKCOPS. This was followed by Dr. M. D. Burande who talked about the pharmacy education and the associated challenges in India.

The second scientific session was chaired by Dr. Padma G. M. Rao and Dr. T. V. Narayana and was started at 12.00 noon. Dr. Bhoomendra A. Bhongade Associate Professor RAKCOPS gave and interesting and informative presentation on Team Based Learning (TBL) followed by a short video on RAKCOPS’ faculty and students views on TBL.

Lunch was served after the second scientific session. After the lunch, the judges evaluated the posters and talked to the presenters. Other delegates also viewed the posters and interacted with the presenters during this time. The delegates gathered again in the auditorium at 2.30pm for third scientific session which was chaired by Dr. Padma G. M Rao and Dr. R. S. Bhambar. Dr. Tamer Salam El-Marsafawy Associate Dean IRO (Institutional Research Office), was the sole presenter of this session. He briefed the delegates about the planning, designing and execution of IRO survey in RAKMHSU and internal quality assurance philosophy and process.

The last session was regarded as open session. It started at 3.15pm and was chaired by Dr. B. G. Nagavi and Dr. Shobha Rani R. Hiremath. This session gave an opportunity to the guests to ask questions from Dr. B. G. Nagavi regarding the pharmacy education in UAE in general and specifically in RAKMHSU. The session was followed by the distribution of prizes among 5 best poster presenters.

The convention concluded at the note for further collaboration between UAE and India in terms of pharmacy education and a need for striving to inculcate new trends in Pharmacy education both in UAE and India.

d) Campus Interviews

For Internships
Abbott Laboratories
26th May – 2016


Campus interviews were held for the outgoing 4th batch of B. Pharm students on 26 th of May – 2016.

M/s Abbott laboratories is conducting an internship program during the months of June to August, 2016. As part of it they are selecting final year B.Pharm students for their various departments such as Sales & Marketing, Corporate communications, etc A team of experts of training and marketing departments visited the university. The team included – Mr.Rashid, Ms.Poonam, Mr.Martin and Mr.Mohammadullah.

After interaction with the students – the team conducted one to one interview sessions for the students. About 20 students registered for the campus interviews and participated in the sessions. The team of experts expressed satisfaction at the knowledge and enthusiasm shown by the students.

Faculty members of pharmaceutics department – Dr.Shahnaz Usman Associate Professor, Dr.Hemant Yadav, Assistant Professor Ms.Fasiha Shah, Senior Lecturer were present during the interview sessions. Ms.Carol Mathias, student counselor of the university interacted with the students before the campus interviews and guided them to prepare well for the sessions. Mr.Quamrul Islam, senior laboratory technicians made the arrangements for the conduct of interviews. Dr.K.V.R.N.S.Ramesh, Professor & Chairperson of Dept.of Pharmaceutics coordinated the campus selections with the guidance and advice from Dr. B.G.Nagavi, Dean of RAKCOPS.

The team from Abbot Laboratories informed that a final round of interviews will be held in the office of the company for the selected candidates.