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History of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh

History of Pharmacy education in Bangladesh is more struggling than some other well established sector. Actually, Bangladesh was the part of Pakistan before liberation war. Pakistan of this time was West Pakistan and Bangladesh of this time was East Pakistan. Pakistan was formed in 1947 by the division of Indian subcontinent. There was no institution for Pharmacy study. Because of great opportunity in abroad and multinational Pharmaceutical industry creation leads Lahore University to open Pharmacy department in 1948.

Regular Discrimination to the East Pakistan in every aspect also affected pharmacy education. As a result East Pakistan student didn't have the chance to study pharmacy though they have enough merit.

Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar was the initiator of Pharmacy education in Dhaka University. Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Dr. Mahmud Hossain helps to make a scheme for establishment of the Pharmacy department in the Dhaka University. This plan had been sent to Planning Commission for several times. But Planning commission refused all the times. The main cause of refusal was lack of teacher of this discipline.

Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar again started to set up the platform for pharmacy department. At that time, Drc Kamal Uddin Ahmed was selected as Chairman. He sent some meritorious students for higher studies, who played as teacher later on. After approval of the Pharmacy Department of the Dhaka University, syllabus has been designed as London School o Pharmacy which is recognized by the rest of the world at that time.

First class of the Pharmacy department started at the Biochemistry department at the Carzon Hall. Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar was selected as the first Chairman of Pharmacy Department.

Pharmacy Department was started by starting B.Pharm degree in 1964. In response to pharmacy students protest B.Pharm degree is converted to B.Pharm (Hons) in 1965. First batch students of Pharmacy department were passed in 1967.

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