This department runs two different distinct programmes – Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmacy.
The Pharmaceutical Technology course is part of the B. Tech. programme, earlier B.Sc. (Tech.), dealing with manufacture of pharmaceuticals and drugs, and has all the ingredients of solid foundation in basic sciences, mathematics, computation and chemical engineering. B. Tech. (Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals) was started in 1940s, when the B. Sc. (Tech.) course was expanded. Several distinguished alumni had their training in this discipline. Strong background knowledge of chemical engineering including chemical reaction engineering, unit operations, separation processes, instrumentation and
process control, and stoichiometry is imparted. Basic science subjects like chemistry, mathematics, and physics are dealt with in depth, while students are introduced to subjects of biochemistry, microbiology, medicinal natural products and pharmacology. Apart from technology, research in medicinal chemistry also brought laurels to this department. Many first generation renowned industrialists received their lessons in this department. The aim of the B. Tech. (Pharma.) course is to develop complete professional technologists /entrepreneur for the Active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and pharmaceutical industry. The focus is on the manufacturing process technology and chemistry of API, intermediates and fine chemicals and development of dosage forms.
On the contrary, the B. Pharm. Course at the ICT, started in 1959, was the first course of this kind in the state of Maharashtra. The course involves a detailed study of Pharmaceutics, Medicinal chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Pharmacognosy. The goal is to enable an understanding of the science of drug. The course is supported with in depth courses in basic sciences namely, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and other relevant subjects like biotechnology, forensic pharmacy, management. The focus is on development of an expertise in the chemistry of drugs, their formulations, their effects, dosage regimen, drug toxicity and interactions with adequate knowledge of the manufacturing of drugs and dosage forms and regulatory requirements.
The UGC has recognized the Department as Centre of Advanced Studies in Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, under which 15 SAP fellowships are awarded per year. Many industrial projects, both Indian and foreign, are currently in progress. All modern equipment and instruments are available for research. The faculty is highly active and has filed patents in a variety of areas including formulation and drug delivery. Besides, fellowships are also accorded under various projects with individual faculty.
To be a globally recognized premier educational and research centre with world class facilities, adopting international best practices, focused on the integration of science and technology in the areas of Drug Discovery, Drug Delivery, Organic Process Research and Herbal Healthcare Products
To achieve the best in pedagogy and research, through creation of a dedicated team of faculty and state of art research facility, to develop skilled manpower and innovative cost effective technology to support national healthcare programmes