The one-year postgraduate diploma program is designed to produce trained analysts for food and pharmaceutical industries and government testing laboratories. The key feature of this program will be hands-on experience on major instruments used for the analysis of food and drugs. Therefore, in addition to class-based courses, special lab-based courses have been included in this program to provide practical training.
The safety of food and drugs is one of the major public health concerns in Pakistan. The falsified and substandard food and drug products cause many diseases and health issues. Consequently, the pharmaceutical and food industries are also keen to upgrade their quality control/assurance department. There is a need for a postgraduate program to produce trained analysts for the food and pharmaceutical industry as well as public sector organizations (drug and food testing laboratories, regulatory authorities, etc.).
This postgraduate diploma will be the first program of its nature in Pakistan to provide specialized training in food and drug analysis.
- The Punjab Agriculture, Food and Drug Authority (PAFDA)
- Pharmaceutical & Food industries (Above 1000 industrial units in Pakistan)
- Drug testing laboratories (Punjab Government is establishing and developing DTLs )
- Drug regulatory authorities (DRAP)
- Food testing laboratories & Food authorities
- Chemical industry.
- Research organizations
- Hands-on training will be the key feature of this program. Departments of Chemistry & Pharmacy are well equipped with laboratory instruments/equipment required for training in the field of food and drug analysis.
- UV/visible spectrophotometer (for qualitative and quantitative assay of food and drugs)
- FT-IR (for determination of functional groups)
- NMR (60MHZ) spectrometer (for structure elucidation)
- Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (to determine different elements in food and drugs)
- CHNSO Analyzer (to determine the percent of C, H, N, S, or O in foods and drugs samples)
- GC-MS (for detection of volatile components in food, beverages, and medicines)
- HPLC (used for analysis of wide range of food and drug products)
- Thermal Analyzer (TGA/DSC) (for the thermal degradation of the food and drugs)
- Multimode Microplate Reader with fluorescence, absorbance, luminescence, and Alphascreen mode) can be used for wide variety of bio- and cell-based assays of food and drug products.
- Chemistry Analyzer (to determine the concentration of metabolites, electrolytes, proteins, and/or drugs in body fluids)
- Power Lab. (To study the pharmacological and physiological effects of food and drugs)
- Karl Fisher Titrator (for moisture determinations)
- Digital Polarized Microscope (for microscopic analysis of food and drug materials)
- Hematology Analyzer (to determine effect of food and drug on blood cells)
- Dissolution Apparatus (for dissolution studies)
- Disintegration Apparatus (for determination of the disintegration)
- Freeze Dryer (for lyophilization of food and drug samples)
- Gel electrophoresis system
- Tableting Machine
For working environment exposure, study tours of pharmaceuticals, food industries, and government testing laboratories will be arranged.
- Number of semesters = 2
- Number of credit hours: 24 (4 class- and 4 lab-based courses of 3 credits each)
- This is an evening program, especially designed to facilitate people on job.
- Graduates holding PharmD, BS (Food Tech.), BS (Chemistry), BS (Biology/Biotechnology) or equivalent degrees, employees of pharmaceutical and food industries willing to enhance/refresh their knowledge and instrument handling skills. MPhil degree holders in above-mentioned fields are also eligible to apply.
Admission Fee: Rs. 15,000/-
Semester I : Rs. 75,000/-
Semester I : Rs. 75,000/-