T.U. Institute of Medicine (IOM) has been a pioneer institute in health professions education in Nepal. Over the last three decades, IOM has demonstrated its commitment to produce different categories and levels of Human Resource for Health (HRH) as per the changing needs of the nation. Since the early seventies, it has been involved in training certificate level pharmacy Human Resource. That program is still being continued. In response to the growing demand for the quality pharmacy manpower required for the country (National Drug Policy, 1995) and along with the national and regional-level policy to develop pharmaceutical education in academic institutions, the Institute of Medicine has been entrusted to offer that opportunity to the country. Looking retrospectively, IOM has established its credibility over the decades through creatively blending the progressive world trends in health profession education with country-specific national and local needs. Prospectively, as a public institution in the forefront, it has the responsibility and challenges to produce qualified health personnel with minimum resource input that the larger public could afford in the long run.
In this context, keeping in view of the formal request made by Ministry of Health, HMG to the IOM, the Bachelor of Pharmacy Program is going to be formally launched. Hence, the present curriculum for B. Pharm. has been designed.
In a way, the need to launch a B. Pharm course at the TUIOM is a direct response to a huge demand in the Pharmacy human resources needed for the country. According to a study report on Pharmaceutical Component of Health Care System of the Country For Drawing up a Pharmacy Manpower Development Plan (1998), submitted by Nepal Administrative College, additional requirement in pharmacy manpower are as follows:
End of first priority 2002 - 78 Pharmacists
End of second priority 2005 - 158 Pharmacists
End of third priority 2007 - 165 Pharmacists
The supply of pharmacy manpower at the present level is estimated to be about 85 (60 pharmacists from private university in Nepal and 25 from abroad) by the end of 2002. In order to meet the demand of all functional level mentioned in all priority areas, a national level plan to produce pharmacy manpower becomes mandatary.
Partly, it is also a response to the call at regional level to formulate proposals to develop undergraduate, post graduate and continuing education of pharmacists in the country as recommended by the WHO consultative meeting at New Delhi in Dec. 1988.