37 Colleges which were found making excess admissions in violation of the PCI norms and with the pretext that the AICTE has permitted them to do so, has been excluded by The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI). The PCI central council meeting held in New Delhi recently is said to have taken the decision as some colleges have admitted 200 students through the original sanctioned strength is only 60.
As per the norms of PCI, the maximum strength can go up to 100 if the colleges are more than four years old while it has to be 60 for colleges established in the four years. The PCI and AICTE have been at loggerheads over the authority on pharmacy education in the country.
While the PCI claims that it should decide on admissions and administrative aspects of pharmacy education, the AICTE maintains that it has the authority to sanction additional seats in the existing colleges apart from sanctioning new colleges.