PharmD internship during COVID-19 (Corona virus)

The Pharmacy council of India has eased the Pharm.D internship norms in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was brought to the notice of the council that the students have gone to their hometown/home countries and due to complete lockdown and shutdown of transportation facilities, these students are held up where they are. This is leading to loss of time for such students.

In view of above, in order to remove the difficulties in internship for Pharm D students in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to:

a) Allow internship in any hospital approved by the PCI within India provided the hospital and Dean/Principal of the Pharm D College where the student is studying, allow the same.

b) Allow internship to a foreign student who has gone to his/her home country, in a super specialty hospital situated in that country subject to-

i. approval of the Dean/Principal of the Pharm D college where the student is
Studying, allows the same.

ii. During internship, the intern shall maintain and submit a record of work duly verified and certified by the preceptor under whom s/he underwent internship in the hospital. Based on the record of work and date of evaluation, the Dean or Principal shall issue certificate of satisfactory completion of training, following which the university shall award the degree or declare him/her eligible for it.

c) No permission or No Objection Certificate or clearance is required from PCI.

It was further decided that above relaxation is only for the internship done during the year 2020 due to COVID -19 pandemic and shall not set a precedence.

Below is the official notification.