In order to address the need for developing skilled manpower in the pharma industry, Government of India is planning to form a Life Science National Skill Development Corporation on the lines of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
Government is currently working on the modalities for its formation in association with Industry bodies like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indian Drugs Manufacturers Association (IDMA). An amount of Rs.5 crore has been allocated for the same in the 12th Five Year Plan.
Says S V Veerramani, president, Indian Drugs Manufacturers Association (IDMA), “Domestic Indian companies are gearing up their activities to gain a foothold in the overseas markets with high quality and low cost generic drugs. High skilled manpower, world class facilities and the cost arbitrage will continue to favour India in this area of pharmaceutical business.”
“Besides this, skilled professionals is the need of the hour in areas of pharmacovigilance, scientific writing and scientific promotion for which a dedicated Life Science National Skill Development Corporation will be instrumental in promoting skill development for pharmacy professionals in the country,” he adds.
The need of skilled manpower in the pharmaceutical industry ranges widely from R&D, Quality Assurance (QA), Intellectual Property (IP), manufacturing, sales and marketing. Increased pressure on health care systems, in tandem with growth of the pharmaceutical sector in India, is demanding competent professionals to meet this challenge of change.
Pharmacy professionals will continue to play a key role in manufacturing processes at all levels of pharma facilities to maintain a robust quality management system (QMS) and in facility designing. Says S M Mudda, executive director, Micro Labs,”With increasing global scrutiny on Indian pharma companies, there is a growing demand for Quality Management Representatives (QMRs) in the pharma industry to maintain and deliver efficacious and quality drugs as per global standards.”