News & Events
News & Events : 2012-13

Dr. Bhavin Vyas and Mr. Vishal Agravat, Department of Pharmacology, Maliba Pharmacy College won the 1st Runners-up award at the R. V. Patel National Best Thesis Competition. Mr. Vishal Agravat, student of M. Pharm., Pharmacology, worked on a research project titled "Effectiveness of Sitagliptin in Diabetic Hypertensive Rats" under the guidance of Dr. Bhavin Vyas, Head of Department, Pharmacology.

For this novel research, Mr. Vishal was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 31,000 and Dr. Bhavin Vyas received Rs. 25,000 cash prize, sponsored by Troikaa Pharmaceuticals, Ahmedabad.

Dr. Bhavin Vyas Mr. Vishal Agravat
Dr. Bhavin Vyas Mr. Vishal Agravat

Department of Management, Uka Tarsadia University, Maliba Campus has organized BizXcellence 2013 - the inter-college students competition on March 5, 2013. Department of Management - that was established under Uka Tarsadia University with the main motive to shape all-round personality of students - has organized this event with the main aim to help students build their career by demonstrating their talents. More than 500 students representing more than 30 different institutes across Gujarat from varied disciplines have showcased their talents in 9 different events. Apart from awarding winners with trophy and certificates in each individual event, Best Institute Award was also given based on overall performance. Maliba Pharmacy College, UTU was awarded as "Winner Institute" and Narmada College of Management, Bharuch was awarded as "Runner-up Institute".

Chief Guest of the function - renowned industrialist, Chairman and Managing Director of Concept Securities Pvt. Ltd., Shri. Hemant Desai Sir has guided students to develop needed competence to grow further in career. President of Bardoli Pradesh Kelvani Mandal, Shri. Bhagubhai Patel has motivated students to be competitive in today's era and reminded them about the commitment of Uka Tarsadia University for overall development of students. Provost of Uka Tarsadia University, Dr. Dinesh Shah Sir has urge students to perform Strength and Weakness analysis for progress in career. Professor and Head, Department of Management, Dr. Prashant Joshi Sir has motivated students to develop strong will to compete and survive in the turbulent environment.

The whole event was organized by faculty team led by Dr. Prashant Joshi Sir, Professor and Head, Department of Management. Dr. Jitesh Parmar - Chief Coordinatior, Mr. Krunal Patel - Coordinator and Mr. Mulchandji Sen - Coordinator of Department of Management, Uka Tarsadia University, all have worked in cohesion to make the event - BizXcellence 2013, a grand success. The success of the event also attributed to the individual activity in-charge faculties and volunteer students. Needless to mention that, Department of Management is committed to arrange such programs for overall development of students. To name such few initiatives, it became first institute in South Gujarat to offer 5 year Integrated MBA Programme, it offers short term certificate courses like foreign language, Data Analysis Course and Stock Market course in collaboration with National Stock Exchange (NSE).

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A two-day national level "Pharma Utsav-2013" was organised by Maliba Pharmacy College on the 2nd and 3rd March 2013. More than 700 students from different pharmacy colleges of India participated with a lot of enthusiasm. The objective of 'Pharma Utsav' was to kindle the talents of budding pharmacy students and to provide them an opportunity to showcase their talent and skills on a common platform.

A total of seven events - Pharma rangoli, Oral presentation, Poster presentation, Model presentation (working and non-working), Pharma debate, Extempore, Documentary film and Clinical case studies presentation were held.

The program was inaugurated at the hands of an eminent personality in the field of Pharmacy, Dr.M.R.Yadav, Professor and Head of Pharmacy faculty, M.S. University, Vadodara. Other prominent guests present included Guest of Honor, Dr. Saurabh Desai, a well known industrialist and Chairman of S.J.Desai Charitable Trust, Palsana, Shri Bhaktibhai Bhakta, donor and trustee of BPKM, Shri Bhagubhai Patel, President BPKM and Dr. D.R.Shah, Provost of UTU. Principals and Directors of other Pharmacy colleges of South Gujarat i.e. Bhagwan Mahavir Pharmacy College, C.K.Pithawala Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Research, Vidyabharti Trust Pharmacy College, Smt. B. N. B. Swaminarayan College and S. S. R College of Pharmacy were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion and conveyed their best wishes by their presence.

The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Abhay Dharamsi, Professor and Head, Dept of Pharmaceutics followed by an address by Dr. Shailesh Shah, Director, Maliba Pharmacy College. The program began with a presentation by Training and Placement officer of UTU, Ms. Sapna Karia. She presented various glimpses of Maliba Campus and of Maliba Pharmacy College. A prayer was recited by B.Pharm students Mr. Bhavik Soni and Ms. Ankita Patel. The dignitaries were invited to light the lamp and formally inaugurate the Pharma Utsav.

In his address, Dr. Shailesh Shah motivated the students to become Entrepreneurships and develop leadership qualities. Dr. D. R. Shah extended his best wishes for the success of the function and appreciated the untiring efforts of faculty members and students of Maliba Pharmacy College for organizing the 2-day program. In addition, he encouraged the Principals/Directors of all Pharmacy colleges of South Gujarat to make efforts to get their courses accreditated by NBA.

Shri Bhagubhai Patel, President of BPKM inspired the delegates to take full advantage of such a platform and showcase their talent. "Take the best of Maliba with you and leave your best for Maliba", he said.

Dr. M. R. Yadav, the Chief Guest of the function spent his valuable time with students and faculty members. He discussed the need for quality education in the field of pharmacy. He motivated the students to compete with and be at par with not only the pharmacists of Gujarat but of the whole nation. Dr. Saurabh J. Desai, Guest of Honor, conveyed his best wishes to all students and encouraged them to seek new career options in India and abroad.

The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Pranav Shah. He concluded the inaugural function by expressing his gratitude to all guests, faculty and students who came all the way to attend the function.

The first day of Pharma Utsav included events like oral and poster sessions, rangoli competition and debate. A special session on GPAT Guidance was conducted by Dr. Ketan Ranch which was highly appreciated by the delegates. A grand cultural program was organized in the evening in which students of Maliba College as well as of other colleges exhibited their talent in singing, dance and poetry.

The second day began with events like case studies and model presentations. A career counselling session was conducted by Ms. Sapna Karia which proved to be tremendously useful to the students present.

The Chief Guest for the valedictory function was Dr. Abhay Sapre, VP - F&D, Zydus Cadila, Ahmedabad. In his address, he congratulated the students for their participation and gave away the prizes to winners of all events held during Pharma Utsav.

A feedback from the delegates was invited where they expressed their appreciation of the systematic organization of the program and the wonderful hospitality. They congratulated Maliba Pharmacy College for conducting unique sessions like GPAT Guidance and Career Counselling for the graduating students.

The function was concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Ashish Mishra who expressed profound gratitude on behalf of Maliba Pharmacy College and UTU to all who contributed to the success of the 2-day Pharma Utsav and promised to bring forth many more such platforms for the holistic development of pharmacy students.

Uka Tarsadia University organized an expert talk on "Cancer Awareness" on 16th February 2013, by a well known oncologist of Gujarat, Dr. Parimal Lad from Lilaben Cancer Hospital, Navsari. The session was attended by over 500 students and faculty members of UTU Maliba campus.

Today, cancer is considered to be one of the most dreaded diseases in the world. Global cancer rates have been increasing primarily due to an aging population and lifestyle changes. Dr. Lad explained that most cases of cancer are detected and diagnosed after a tumor can be felt or when other symptoms develop. In a few cases, cancer is diagnosed incidentally as a result of evaluating or treating other medical conditions. He emphasized the importance of a healthy diet and the damaging effects of junk food and addictions like tobacco-chewing, smoking and alcohol. He discussed the need for a skilled doctor who can help in early diagnosis and start treatment at the earliest for higher success rates in the cure of cancer.

He informed the audience that his hospital at Navsari is equipped with the most sophisticated diagnostic and radiation equipments at very low treatment costs in comparison to those available in other cities. With the help of videos, Dr. Lad discussed some of the critical cancer surgery cases handled successfully by him.

The Secretary of BPKM trust, Shri Kiritbhai Patel and Provost Dr.D.R. Shah expressed their gratitude to Dr. Parimal Lad for sparing his valuable time and enlightening the UTU - affiliated students and staff members.

On 26th January 2013, Uka Tarsadia University - Maliba Campus celebrated the 64th Indian Republic Day. India's Republic Day marks the coming into force of its constitution. The Republic Day was celebrated by the flag hoisting ceremony and by recitation of national anthem. Mr. Hasmukhbhai Patel and Mrs. Hansaben Patel were present as Chief Guests on this occasion. The provost Dr. D. R. Shah addressed the audience with his introductory speech. Shri Bhagubhai Patel, President BPKM delivered his speech related to the significance of Republic Day. He also motivated students as well as faculty members to perform their duties with dignity, self-respect and dedication leading eventually to the growth of the nation.

The trustees of BPKM and the Uka Tarsadia University had long felt the need to promote a healthy human being more than what an excellent education may offer. To accomplish this aspiration, BPKM and UTU offer a course on Self Development every semester on an ongoing basis to faculty members. As a part of the initiative, Dr. S. Balasubramanian delivered speech on "God, Self and Ultimate Goal of Yoga" on December 22, 2012 in a self development programme at Uka Tarsadia University. He began with a wonderful introduction to Yoga, and its various types such as Raja, Karma, Gyana and Bhakti. He explained that the term Yoga has become popular throughout the world and many people practise different Yogic exercises for prevention and cure of physical and mental disorders. He advocated that the Yoga is also one of the most extraordinary spiritual sciences, which enables a seeker to ralize the ultimate Reality. To his opinion, several practices are prescribed by the texts on Yoga for the physical, mental and spiritual development of a person. In India, any tradition always starts from the Vedas which are considered as the most ancient form of literature and whose authority cannot be questioned. He discussed in his lecture about the details of yoga school of Patanjali and other offshoots of this school.

He asserted that Yoga offers the apt platform to understand, enter into the field of spirituality and ralize one's own self which is otherwise know as God realization. Anyone without the barriers of colour, caste, creed, gender, religion or nationality can derive the full benefit by practicing the steps of Yoga prescribed by Patanjali.

A teacher plays a vital role in the career of students. The Provost, Dr. Dinesh Shah and BPKM Secretary, Shri Kiritbhai Patel have always aimed to provide holistic education for all-round development of not only the students but also of the teachers of UTU.

A "Self development programme" organised by Uka Tarsadia University, Maliba Campus, conducted a session on "Value based education" on 15th December 2012. The aim of the self development programme is to provide to the teachers an opportunity to learn how to live a balanced life, an ethical material life with a spiritual goal.

Based on this theme, Dr. Elizabeth Denley from Australia delivered a talk on "The need to recognize and follow universal values". The topic was introduced by Mr. Varadarajan Kannan who is the main facilitator of the programme. The session was continued by Dr. Elizabeth Denley, the speaker from Australia with an experience of over 40 years in the field of research on value-based education. With examples from Indian mythology, she discussed the importance of universal and personal values, how to prioritize our values and consciously use our values to make the right decisions in life.

The interactive session was attended by over 200 faculty members of UTU who benefited tremendously from the rich experience of Dr. Elizabeth Denley.

Maliba Pharmacy College organised a one day Seminar on "SAS opportunities in Pharmacy" on 31st October 2012 in association with Epoch Research Institute Ltd., Ahmedabad. The seminar was attended by over 200 M.Pharm. students and faculty members. SAS - Statistical Analytical System is the only USFDA approved system of data handling and is now being widely used by CROs and pharma manufacturers. The trainers from Epoch, Mr. Saumil Tripathi and Mr. Manish Soni explained the process of clinical research and application of SAS systems to it by live demo of data analysis. They introduced the pharmacy students to the different SAS course modules available at Epoch Institute and the various placement opportunities available after these courses. Training in operation of SAS system will open new career options for pharmacy graduates. Maliba Pharmacy College, through such seminars, aims to provide new opportunities to pharmacy graduates and make them better equipped for the future.

A two-day national workshop "Practical approach to bioavailability and bioequivalence" was held on 13th - 14th October 2012 at Maliba Pharmacy College, Uka Tarsadia University, Bardoli, Surat. More than 270 delegates from various colleges in Gujarat and Maharashtra took part in the workshop. A poster session relevant to the theme was also conducted on the first evening. Twenty posters in all were displayed and were evaluated.

Discussions focused on best practices leveraging biopharmaceutics, formulation and clinical data to identify drug development challenges in yielding a successfully performing product. Quality by design (QBD) and product development paradigms were also emphasized upon.

Delivering his keynote address, "Intricate drug delivery system for BA-BE study" Dr. P.R. Vavia, Academic Dean, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai addressed unique bioavailablilty issues pertaining to novel drug delivery systems (NDDS) and how the information gained form this study would be exploited in deciding the formulation strategy. A brief overview of factors that affect dosage form behavior & drug release/absorption pattern amongst NDDS to achieve desired effect & patient compliance were also delved upon.

Dr. Prakash Patel and Dr Gunjan Shah of Veeda Clinical Research, spoke on "Pharmacokinetics, BA-BE determination & current issues" and "Bioequivalence Regulatory Perspective" respectively. The talks in nutshell were centered upon bioavailabity problems associated with high intrasubject variability, its study design and a comparative review of regulatory status of various countries in this regard.

Dr. Nailesh Patel of Synchron Research Services Pvt. Ltd. gave an insight into strategies to achieve specific pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic issues like biowaivers and biosimilars and their study design in his topic "Design, documentation and reporting of BA & BE study".

Dr. Shailesh Shah, Dean, Research and Post-graduate studies, Uka Tarsadia University, clarified the issues related to QC samples, determination of matrix effect, stability considerations, internal standards and also issues raised with respect to stability and reproducibility of incurred samples in his talk "Development of bioanalytical methods for BE studies".

Dr. Ganesh Divekar of Sun Pharma Advanced Research Co. Ltd. conducted the session on "Bioequivalence and bioavailability study of oncology drugs" and gave a background of different FDA routes for pharmacokinetics and BA-BE studies of generic drugs and their development with the help of case studies.

Concluding the session Dr. M. C. Gohel, Dean, Pharmacy, Ahmedabad University elaborated on "Use of design of experiment in the establishment of IVIVC". He emphasized the need for designing BE study design to be tailored to drug product's characteristics and physiological factors that may affect bioavailability.

Overall the workshop was well attended and ended with a feeling of optimism about future of BA-BE studies in the country. But it was also felt that amount of work being done at the institutional level needs a lot to be desired and needs a real boost from academic community.

Maliba Pharmacy College rocks at "APOCALYPSE 2012" organised by K. B. Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Gandhinagar. MPC 7th Sem students Avinash Khadela and Pradip lathiya won 1st prize at Mater Mind competition held at APOCALYPSE 2012. In this competition MPC students had beat 17 teams at semi final round by General Knowledge Quiz competition and 10 teams at final round by Clinical Case Presentation. Students had presented case on Post menopausal osteoporosis in an accurate manner and they were appreciated not only by the judges but also of by the other college faculties. Adding together, faculties of Pharmacology Department of Maliba Pharmacy College were also appreciated by Judges for a tremendous Case Presentation Guidance. By achieving this kind of success they had created a pose for Maliba Pharmacy College particularly Pharmacology Department amongst admired pharmacology department of other Pharmacy Colleges of Gujarat.

For this outstanding performance Maliba Parivar congratulates all the students!

The word 'Yoga' means union with the Supreme power or God. God is the creator of all the living beings in this earth and it is Him whom we merge with at the end of our lives. Thousands of years ago, the Vedic people had started a physical practice for controlling the mind, body and soul. This physical practice is known as yoga. Yoga is the ancient art, science and philosophy of maintaining a balance between these three most important elements of a human being by synchronizing them in a single chord. Meditation or 'Dhyana' was also a part of ancient yoga practice. Meditation is the way of connecting to the God by developing a deeper level of consciousness. By meditating, an individual can communicate with the Almighty on the intra-personal level. Apart from its spiritual significance, yoga and meditation are also widely practiced for a healthy life. Myriad physical and mental benefits of yoga, make it a boon to the mankind. H.H. Shivkrupanand Swami has established number of meditation centers in different countries. Meditation Center is a place where meditators come together and meditate. Samarpan Meditation is a simple way of Meditation which connects us with Universal Consciousness. It is beyond the realm of religion and is practiced by peoples around the world. One such enlightening Samarpan Meditation Shibir was organized at Uka Tarsadia University at Maliba Campus on October 5, 2012. Samarpan Meditation is originated by His Holiness Shivkrupanand Swami, a living Divine Master from India. Samarpan means surrender(of negativity, of the ego and of thoughts of the past and the future) so that we may experience connection with the divine. When we surrender everything, forget our physical existence and identify ourselves as pure soul mind become still there are no thoughts we are in thoughtless state. All the students and the faculty members of the university participated in the batchwise shibir continued through out the day by Acharya Hinaben Lad and benefited by the technique propounded by Swami Shree Shivkrupanandji.

Today the world is moving towards Glocalization, it means, "Think globally and act locally". With this focus, Training and Placement Cell of Uka Tarsadia University has taken up an initiative of Foreign Project / Tour in collaboration with AIESEC, Surat. As an outcome of this step, 2 MBA students and 3 Engineering students of Uka Tarsadia University went to SRI LANKA for their academic project work cum industrial visit. They are currently working on their projects in a group consisting of students from other countries like China, Taiwan, Japan, Nepal etc. They will stay there for 40 days (5th July 2012 to 15th August 2012). During this project term students visited industries, working with NGO, preparing country study report, excursion to Colombo and other famous places. Experienced shared by the students reflect their learning, involvement and enhancement of knowledge. This visit will immensely benefit the students in their personal and professional careers. As per the message from Dr. Shivendra Gupta - Director, Training and Placement Cell, this year, we are planning to schedule more visits to USA, UK, Canada, Egypt, Russia and China which will provide educational and lifelong learning experience to the students of Uka Tarsadia University.

Faculty of Computer Science and Technology had arranged placement for PG course last year students. LA NET Team Software Solutions, Mumbai came for placement. The interviewing team included Director, Mr. Ajeet Singh and Co-Director, Ms. Latika Singh and other 7 members of that company. Total 55 students of the faculty appeared in it consisting of 45 from MCA and 10 from MScCA . After theoritical test and practical problem solution round, 21 students were selected(19 from MCA and 2 from MScCA) for one to one interview round. Finally, Nine students were selected.

Following students from MCA were selected

  1. 1. Mr. Manoj Patel
  2. 2. Mr. Hemansh Patel
  3. 3. Mr. VinayPanicker
  4. 4. Mr. ShailinBharuchwala
  5. 5. Mr. MehulBhuva
  6. 6. Mr. MahmadMansuri
  7. 7. Mr. RushabhRakholiya
  8. 8. Mr. AlpeshRamani

Following students from MScCA were selected

  1. 1. Mr. Hiren Patel