"We are committed to patient and animal safety and the year 2014 shall be dedicated to patient and animal safety," he added.
Inaugurating the congress, Dr Vishwa Mohan Katoch, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, emphasised the need for coordination between the associations and institutions working in this sector to strengthen the regulatory and administrative mechanisms.
He added that there was also a need to reach out to the masses to create awareness on the importance of a pharmacist.
Dr Atul Kumar Nasa, President, 65th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress, said: "The empowerment of pharmacists is an entirely new perspective. It is hence imperative at this stage that the Pharmacy education has a single regulatory control and all powers should be vested with Pharmacy Council of India."
"It should have complete authority and accountability to improvise the educational standards at all levels. Efforts need to be augmented to complete this process at the highest level and the Parliament of India to make necessary amendments with immediate effect," he added.
About 4000 national and international delegates will attend the 65th IPC from different pharmaceutical fields.
The main focus of the IPC includes memorial lectures, symposia and plenary lectures by prominent speakers from India, USA, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, UAE and Netherlands.
In addition, research scholars and scientists from various pharmacy colleges and research laboratories will present around 1700 research papers and review articles in different specialisation of pharmacy.
There will be around 200 exhibitors participating in the exhibition out of which 15 companies are participating from Germany, USA, Korea, Japan, China and Switzerland.
--ANI (Posted on 21-12-2013)