Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s College of Pharmacy (MMCOP) came into being in the year 2006. The college is run by Marathwada Mitra Mandal, Pune a public charitable trust with the vision to be a premier pharmacy institute achieving excellence in teaching, value education, research and consultancy in core areas and be engaged in the service in promoting continued education. The college is located in a beautiful campus at the banks of river Pawana in the heart of Pimpri-Chinchwad city.
Initially the journey of the institute started for the conduct the of Four Year Degree Course in Pharmacy i.e. B. Pharm. in year 2006, later in 2010 just when the first batch of the B. Pharm. passed out the PG courses in Pharmacy i.e. M. Pharm. in Pharmaceutics and M. Pharm in Pharmacognosy were introduced and in 2011 one more PG course i.e. M. Pharm. in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance was introduced. Later in 2013 college introduced the Ph.D. Programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Later on in the year 2018 institute introduced the Diploma in Pharmacy Course. Currently the institute offers D. Pharm. affiliated to MSBTE, Mumbai, B. Pharm., M. Pharm. and Ph.D. Program affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.
Quality is the key word for the success of institution. Hence according to the vision of MMCOP to be a premier pharmacy institute, emphasis is given on quality of education that the students are receiving through the implementation of concept of Total Quality Management (TQM) in institute. As a result of this the institute had been able to achieve much more in the short duration of time.
MMCOP fetched the Accreditation by National Board of Accreditation (NBA), New Delhi for its B. Pharm. course (2014), Permanently Affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune (2014) and has Recognized Under Section 2 (f) & 12 (B) of the UGC Act, 1956 (2016). Recently college has been awarded by Indus Foundation for Educational Excellence and Recognized as Top 20 Promising Pharmacy Colleges in India -2018 by Higher Education Review Magazine and obtained Platinum Rank in AICTE-CII Survey of Industry Linked Technical Institutes, 2018.
The Majority of faculty of MMCOP is engaged in research projects funded by various Centrally Funding Agencies, University, Industries and Continuous generation of funds through Consultancy and Services by using highly well-equipped state of art laboratories with sophisticated and advancedfacilities including Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory, Central Instrumentation Room, CPCSEA approved Animal House & fetched Rs.2.00 Crore of Research, QIP and Other Grants. This has resulted into publication of 246 research papers in peer reviewed National, International Journals, 172 research paper presentations in National, International Conferences, authoring of 08 books and filing 6 Indian patents by the faculty of MMCOP. Faculty of MMCOP has a wide academic and administrative experience which is reflected by the representation of our faculty in constitutional bodies like Board of Studies, Faculty, Academic council etc. of various Universities. This has helped inculcating the research culture among the students resulting into student research publications and presentations out of the mini research project which even UG students undertake.
The institute has kept itself updated of paradigm shifts that have taken place in recent era of Pharmacy education, and field. The institute aims to provide an industry simulated atmosphere at the premises to build up and boost up student’s confidence and competence levels by procuring the instrument of market leading brand which they will be using in the industry. In this way we give industry-ready graduates to the market. Sophisticated equipments like DSC, HPLC-PDA, HPLC-UV, FTIR, Spectrofluorometer, UV Spectrophotometer, Probe Sonicator, Lyophilizer, Spray Dryer, Spheronizer, Disperser, Cryostatic Bath, Multi Tooling Tablet Machine, Multi Purpose Equipment, 6/8 Station Dissolution Apparatus, FBD, Colloidal Mill, R&D Coater, Digital Microscope, Autoanalyser, Plethysmometer, Rotary Vacuum Evaporator, Micro Centrifuge, Orbital Incubator Shaker etc. are available for the students.The institute regularly invites resource persons from industry, learned and distinguished academicians, successful entrepreneurs from pharma sector and dignitaries to deliver a talk which helps to create enthusiasm and passion among the students and staff members for achieving educational excellence. To facilitate and inculcate the research and learning culture the institute has till date organized 24 Conferences / Conventions / Symposias / Seminars with active participation of students.
Well stocked library with subscription of national and international journals, e-journals, membership of various libraries like Jaykar Library SPPU, National Digital Library etc.well lighted and peaceful reading room. Advanced computer laboratory with unlimited internet access through LAN and Wi-Fi to students and faculty members for research and upgradation of knowledge.The college is hosting an active Drug Information Center.
At MMCOP there is an effective application of ICT based education system, here the emphasis is given on the use of advanced teaching techniques using ICT tools for the better involvement of students in learning aiding increasing their understanding of the topics thought. Student centric teaching and learning with effective implementation of Asynchronous mode of instructions through the use of Microsoft office app Onedrive. Using this, the entire semester teaching plan, the study material, animation videos, lecture videos of eminent teachers, question banks, assignments, etc are shared by the faculty with student. The student can assess it from anywhere helping them inlearning and upgrading. The institute has Smart specially designed Class Rooms where the distance between the teacher and learner is at least so that there is effective communication between them. All the classrooms are enabled with multimedia computer, LCD projector and internet. Spacious and well lighted seminar Hall equipped with PA system multimedia computer, LCD projector and internet (Wi-Fi campus).
There is a well maintained Medicinal Plant Garden and Butterfly Garden an eco-friendly approach.
The academic development of the students of MMCOP is reflected from the excellent track record of success in the examination. The results of the college are consistently above average of the University results.
For the overall development of students the Emphasis on co-curricular and extracurricular activities is given. Teaching-Learning and Academics improves the IQ intelligence quotient of the students, for the EQ emotional quotient various activities are conducted in the college. The college has excellent indoor and outdoor sport facilities. There is Active participation of students in various administrative and academic committees, training them to be managers. For developing the students as responsible citizens of the nation, Continuous and Consistent Professional Activities with Social Outreach are organized in the institute, thus helping in nation building. Ragging &Tobacco free campus helping our student to understand social and health values. The college has an active NSS unit which organizes various health awareness related, good citizenship related and various other social activities. Along with such programs of social values to improve the EQ of the students there is a system of student counseling and mentoringthe effectiveness of this system is improved through parenthood concept.
Industry Institute Interaction and Entrepreneurship Development Cell
The other important aspect needed after the development of student into a pharmacy graduate or post graduate is the guidance and support for higher education, job and entrepreneurship. Here at MMCOP we have an Active Industry Institute Interaction and Entrepreneurship Development Cell sponsored by AICTE, New Delhi, engaged in Carrier counseling, Training, Entrepreneurship development and Aggressive placement activity for the job seekers. For favoring the training and placement activity as well as research activity college has tie-up with various industries and research organization nearby college. Till date MoU’s signed with 7 industries and 2 research organization which is facilitating research, training and placement activities.
Quality in education can be judged by the continuous check on quality, this is done by conducting the formative and summative assessment of both the students as well as the teachers. For the student the in-semester or concurrent evaluation and end semester examinations are the means. For the teacher the feedback mechanism is the system for both formative and summative assessments. 360o feedback mechanism system followed at MMCOP, striving for quality.
There is complete Transparency in Organization and Governance which is a result of well-educated and experienced management who has held key positions in academics and other organizations. Therefore there is impressive faculty retention in the institute.