Punjab University College of Pharmacy
Our Heritage - Our Pride
Pharmacy education was started in the province of the Punjab of sub-continent in year 1944 within Pharmacology department of King Edward Medical College (K.E.M.C), Lahore, the oldest and top ranked institution of medical sciences. Initially to fulfill the need of profession, K.E.M.C. offered a three year degree course along with a 2-year diploma tracked by 3-months of practical training in Pharmacy. Later on due to its wider prospects the Department of Pharmacy was undertaken by the Punjab University, Lahore. The University of the Punjab, Lahore established as Punjab University College on 11th Jan 1870 achieved the status of university in 1882. It stands fourth in age among the leading oldest universities of the subcontinent. In the year 1948 an independent Pharmacy Department was established in the University of the Punjab University, Lahore in the present location, what is now known as Allama Iqbal Campus.
Initially at the University of the
Punjab, Pharmacy was taught in various institutions in and out
of the University. The Physiology and Pharmacology Departments
of King Edward Medical College helped the department of Pharmacy
to teach subjects of Physiology and Pharmacology, the subjects
of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry were taught in
Department of Botany, Government College, Lahore and in the
Department of Chemistry, University of the Punjab, Lahore,
respectively. Pharmaceutics however, was taught at the present
premises. With the advent of time, Pharmacy education as well as
the department kept progressing. Every head of the Department
has contribute in its development and we are proud of our
present which is the outcome of our glorious past. In 1958 all
the subjects were taught in the Department of Pharmacy. With the
development of well-equipped research laboratories and
additional facilities, the university started master and
doctoral degree programmes in pharmacy in 1966 and 1974
respectively. Soon after, the M. Pharm and PhD program was
started in the disciplines of Pharmaceutical Chemistry,
Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy. The two year M.
Pharm program was converted to two year M.Phil program in 1978.
The Department was up-graded to the
level of faculty in 1979 and the three year bachelor course was
transformed into four year degree program, another major
milestone in the history of Pharmacy. Later on in 2003, its
status was further uplifted to the level of College and it is
now known as Punjab University College of Pharmacy. Thereafter,
four year bachelor of pharmacy was changed to five year Doctor
of Pharmacy degree.
First regular PhD program was announced in 2007 and now since 2009, every year PhD admissions are regularly completed. In year 2014, M.Phil in fifth discipline of pharmacy namely, Pharmacy Practice was initiated. In the same year, M.Phil evening program for four disciplines, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy was started on demand of the working Pharmacists. The College had done well with many new initiatives to enhance student learning. In this connection we have commenced classroom-upgrading project. One classroom has already been upgraded in 2016 and the remaining will be done level by level. You will enjoy the upgraded Lecture Theater 1. The College's own website has also been launched on October 17, 2016. The development of this site was assigned to PUCP I.T. Staff under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Nadeem Irfan Bukhari, Principal, Punjab University College of Pharmacy.
Establishing PUCP as a centre of excellence and a role model in the provision of a first-class, Pharmacy education, in accordance with the curriculum of Pharmacy Council of Pakistan. We want a repute for excellence, with an emphasis on quality teaching/research, achievement, service to Nation & humanity, teamwork and leadership.
Our mission is to educate students as trained and skillful Pharmacists who are confident, convicted and considerate enough to be able to contribute towards the improvement and well-being of patient community.
We Teach Pharmacy - A life saving profession
Standards define Pharmacy as science
that deals with collection, preparation, and standardization of
drugs. A professional who, after earning a qualifying degree
(currently Pharm D in Pakistan), prepare and dispense prescribed
medications is known as the Pharmacist. In Past Pharmacist just
mixed and measured drug products from raw materials according to
physicians' prescriptions. Now the Pharmacists besides
formulating, storing, and providing correct dosages of
commercially available medicines from pharmaceutical companies
and counseling patients on the use of both prescription and
over-the-counter drugs performs several other roles as well.
Hence, a Pharmacist must be a resourceful person having
comprehensive information about drugs/medicines and related
substances and expert in various fields of Healthcare system.
The significance of Pharmacy
profession and role of the pharmacist in community and uplifting
the healthcare system have been well established and is
acknowledged all over the world. The recognition of the
profession in Pakistan is increasing day by day. The Pharmacy
Profession is well known as a "Life Saving Profession". The main
accentuation of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the
developing countries is to provide prompt and best means for
caring human health. This noble task cannot be achieved without
the proper role of a Pharmacist. Emerging of new diseases,
advanced technologies, novel delivery systems, individualized
and personalized medicine have created more need for the
pharmacist. As career, Pharmacy has been exciting and rewarding.
Pharmacists work in a wide range of settings, the prominent being the Retail & Community Pharmacies, Hospitals (Government and Military/Navy), Clinics, Public health services, Ministry of Health (Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, DRAP), Federal as well as Provincial Government (Drug Inspector and Hospital Pharmacist, Drug testing laboratories, DTLs), Pharmaceutical Industry (Quality Control, Production, Research and Development, etc.), Forensic Pharmacy, Drug Distribution System, Pharmaceutical sales and marketing, drug research and development, Universities and several other settings.
Recognition by Pharmacy Council of Pakistan
“As you know, a team of Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, had visited your Department of Pharmacy on August 11, 2014 for the purpose of granting NOC to start and conduct the Pharm-D Program. The report of the said Team was discussed in the recently held meeting of the Council, wherein, it was resolved to renew the recognition of the College for another term of two years. Kindly accept my felicitation on this renewal of recognition, which became possible with the support, co-operation and efforts rendered by you and your colleagues in the College. Hopefully this co-operation will also be forthcoming in future. The Council is confident that under your vision and dynamic leadership, the College of Pharmacy will achieve its goal to become a leading institution”.
Quality Policy of College
- Cause of Elation
Academic - Industry linkage
Our future - Even more brighter
The Industrial Pharmacy lab will be further developed and a couple of new research laboratories have been planned. A Museum and Drug Information Center have been planned for the benefits of students and professionals engaged in medical and Pharmacy Professions. A "Medicinal Plant's Herbarium" and "Natural Product Informative Center" (NPIC) of medicinal plants will also be developed in the near future in the Pharmacognosy discipline. The establishment of herbarium and NPIC will provide information about Indigenous Medicinal Flora and other natural products to Herbalists, Physicians, Hakims, Homoeopaths and other related professions.
The following additions will be made to the University College of Pharmacy:
The following additions will be made to the University College of Pharmacy:-
Laboratory of Pharmaceutical
Establishment of model Community Pharmacy.
Preference to University College of Pharmacy - A right choice
The Punjab University College of
Pharmacy has the following distinguished features – a reason for
being the preferred Pharmacy institute.
teaching and research facilities
Dr. Zafar Mueen Nasar.
My mission is to raise the productivity of our graduates through quality education and practical knowledge to contribute in a significant way to the national economy.
It is my privilege to serve as a
Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Lahore,
Pakistan, which is the oldest seat of learning in the region. As
a Dean, I welcome you to the Punjab University College of
Pharmacy (PUCP). The College is proud to have a number of
researchers of national and international repute. The highly
qualified faculty is always there to educate students to make
them leading Pharmacists to work within the country and abroad.
Being a student of this College you will have the opportunity to
study with students from all regions of Pakistan and other
This College is the oldest College
of Pharmacy in Pakistan and you can call it a mother institute
as our alumni have played a pivotal role in the development of
other Pharmacy institutes in the country. Here at the College,
we are recognized as one of the outstanding Pharmacy education
and research institutions in the global village. The graduate
and postgraduate programmes of the College are supported by the
best and well-equipped laboratories in diverse areas of
Pharmacy, such as Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics,
Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Pharmacy Practice.
The College has a big library
containing more than 20000 books and other Pharmacy resource
material of various disciplines of Pharmacy. PUCP is providing
on-campus free access to scientific and scholarly material. Free
WIFI is available in the College so that students can have
access to internet for their day-to-day educational needs.
The Punjab University College of
Pharmacy is located at the Mall Road in Allama Iqbal Campus
(Formerly known as Old Campus). This red-brick campus is located
in the heart of Lahore, which is a beautiful and thriving city,
with easy access to a wide range of social, cultural,
recreational activities and transport facilities to various
I am certain that Faculty of the
college will leave no stone unturned to make you a proud
Pharmacist. May Allah Almighty grant you education with wisdom
and bright career!
Dear prospective students and parents!
Our laboratories and other facilities are well-equipped. We are proud of our academic and research performance. Besides academics we also emphasize on sports and the arts, and community services. With respect to teaching and learning, our obligation is preparing confident, skillful and competent Pharmacists for the 21stCentury. In terms of non-academic areas, we aim to prepare our students as caring, valuable and responsible citizens. Along with classroom activities and research, we provide a wide range of opportunities to our students to participate in the College events. With all of the above traits, my wish is to establish PUCP as a brand in the professional market for more recognition, preference and employability of our students. For this, we emphasize shaping our culture at the Faculty and student levels. I also aspire a new concept of “learn to earn & to create jobs” in our students under entrepreneurship. I am confident that you will put in the best effort and do well during your tenure at PUCP to make the above concepts successful.
I wish you the best again.
Academic Calendar 2016-2017 for Pharm-D Programs
University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Lahore
*May vary depending on moon sightings as declared by Royat-e-Hilal Committee, Pakistan
***Subjected to permission from University
NOTE: The above dates, other than Holidays may change without prior notice and will be displayed on the Notice Board of the College.
The facility specific to M.Phil and PhD. are given under respective Sections.
We are hosting alumni gathering this year on December 30, 2016, at Executive Club, University of the Punjab, Quaid e Azam Campus, Lahore.
Click the Invitation Card to enlarge
This event is aimed to provide an opportunity to interact with each other to enhance coordination among the alumni of this esteemed institution working in different walks of life. You are kindly requested to register as per the stated schedule.
Contact Details for Registration
For your assistance, the following persons have been designated as coordinators for registration and information.
These persons can co-opt any member from staff or postgraduate students for their assistance.
Looking forward to see you in the event
Pakistan Journal of Pharmacy
kDrive (Knowledge Drive)
kDrive, a PUCP’s new initiative
Designed and Maintained by
PUCP I.T. Office (Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Nadeem Irfan Bukhari)