Stick To Timelines Or Risk Being Superseded: SC Warns Pharmacy Council Of India [Read Order]

Stick To Timelines Or Risk Being Superseded: SC Warns Pharmacy Council Of India [Read Order]

The Supreme Court has warned the Pharmacy Council of India of superseding it if the latter does not mend its irregularity in granting recognition to pharmacy institutions despite them having met all pre-requisites to start admissions.

The Bench comprising Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Indu Malhotra observed, “We have been informed that the Pharmacy Council is doing this in a number of cases, and is also irregular in the manner in which it grants approval. Sometimes it does so for the year in question and in other cases, it does so for many years at one go. We take note of this and at present only caution the Pharmacy Council to act as it is supposed to act in accordance with the timeline laid down. 

If we find that this course of conduct persists, we will be constrained to pass orders, if necessary, even going to the extent of superseding the Council.”

The Court was hearing a petition filed by the YNS College of Pharmacy and Research Centre. During the course of hearing, it was informed that approvals by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had been issued for the college on 10 April, and affiliation letters from the University for the Bachelor of Pharmacy course, and the Diploma course by the Board had also been issued on 15 May. However, the no objection certificate was issued by the Council only on 20 July. Consequently, the University had not included them for counselling.

Taking stern view of the factual situation before it, the Court observed, “The present writ petition discloses a sorry state of affairs. Despite approval by the AICTE on 10.04.2018, and affiliation letters from the University for the Bachelor of Pharmacy course, and the Diploma course by the Board, having been issued on 15.05.2018, we find yet another instance of the Pharmacy council dragging its feet and ultimately giving their no objection only on 20.07.2018, thereby pay scant respect to the time line that has been laid down by this Court. The petitioners have come knocking to our door as the University has not included them for counselling.”

Noting that counselling was now over, it then directed the college to fill up seats on its own, in accordance with the procedure laid down by the University, while letting off the Council with a warning.

Read the Order Here