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ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA, CENTRAL AMERICA (Nov 10, 2016): Prof. Wanda T. Maldonado, Dean, School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Prof. Gladys Maidana, Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Chemical Sciences, National University of Asuncion, San Lorenzo, Paraguay; Prof. Tarcisio Jose Palhano, President Advisor, Federal Council of Pharmacy, Brasilia, Brazil; Prof. Beatriz Badilla, Retired Pharmacologist, Institute of Pharmaceutical Research, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica were felicitated with "APP Appreciation Awards 2016" for their vital role in promoting pharmaceutical education during 10th Pan American Conference on "Pharmaceutical Education" by President APP...SULLURPET (Mar 30, 2016): Dr. S. Gananadhamu, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad, Telangana was conferred with ‘APP Young Talent Award 2016’ (Late Ch. Braham Datt Dahiya Memorial Award) and Dr. Kuntal Das, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, Karnataka was conferred with ‘APP Young Pharmacy Teacher Award 2016’ (Late Smt. Shyam Sundri Dahiya Memorial Award) during APP 2nd Indo-Korean Conference on “Herbals and Pharmaceuticals: Pivotal Issues and Concerns” organized at Gokula Krishna College of Pharmacy (Nellore, Andhra Pradesh); TRICHY (Jan 22-23, 2016): Prof. S. K. Kulkarni, Former Pro-VC, Punjab University & Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, Belgaum, Karnataka was conferred with ‘APP Eminent Pharmacist Award 2016’; Prof. R. Manavalan, Research Director (PG & Ph.D), R.V.S. College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sulur, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu was conferred with ‘APP Eminent Teacher Award 2016’; Prof. T. Senthil Kumar, Dean, Anna University, BIT Campus, Trichy was conferred with ‘APP Appreciation Award 2016’; Prof. K. Ruckmani, Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Director, Centre for Excellence in Nanobio Translational Research, Anna University, BIT Campus, Trichy was honored with ‘APP Distinguished Scientist Award 2016’; Dr. P. Sureshkumar, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Anna University, BIT Campus, Trichy was conferred with ‘APP Young Talent Award 2016’ during APP 5th Annual International Convention "RPERTDRI-2016" hosted by Anna University (BIT Campus)...UDAIPUR (Dec 12, 2015) : Prof. Indrajeet Singhvi, President, APTI Rajasthan State Branch and Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Pacific University, Udaipur, Rajasthan was conferred with 'APP Appreciation Award 2015' by Prof. Govindasamy Jeyabalan, President, APP Rajasthan State Branch and Principal, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan during National Conference "MCPDDT-2015" at Pacific College of Pharmacy, Pacific University, Udaipur, Rajasthan...HYDERABAD (Oct 26, 2015) : Prof. Dieter Bromme, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada was conferred with 'APP Outstanding Achievement Award 2015' by Dr. Umesh Kumar Patil from Dr. H. S. Gour Central University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh and Mr. Vaibhav Dharvhekar from P. Wadhwani College of Pharmacy, Yavatmal, Maharashtra was honored with 'APP Young Performer Award 2015' by Dr. Giuliana Muniz Vila Verde from State University of Goias, Anapolis, Goias, Brazil during APP International Symposium at Hyderabad International Convention Centre...LUDHIANA (Oct 17, 2015): Prof. Inder Sachdev, Former Director, Chitkara College of Pharmacy, Rajpura, Punjab was conferred with 'APP Outstanding Achievement Award 2015' during 1st Indo Korean Conference on 'Current Progress and Future Perspectives in Pharmaceutical Technology' at G.H.G. Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Gurusar Sadhar, Punjab...HYDERABAD (Sep 26, 2015) : Dr. Prabhakar Reddy Veerareddy Post-doc (Butler University, USA); Dr. Ravinder Nath Anisetti Post-doc (State University of New York, USA) and Dr. Khuswant Singh Yadav Post-doc (University of Oklahoma, USA) were honored with ‘APP Young Achiever Awards’ by Dr. A. Muralidhar Rao, President, APP Telangana State Branch and Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President, Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) during 3rd Indo-US Conference 'NMCFO-2015' at RBVRR Women's College of Pharmacy, Hyderabad (T.S.)...OOTY (Sep 19, 2015) : Mr. Vijayakumar Lakshminarayanan Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, BIT, Sathyamangalam, Erode (TN) was felicitated with ‘APP Fellowship Award 2015’ and Dr. R. Jothi Ramalingam Professor, Wolaita Sodo University, Sodo, Ethiopia was honored with ‘APP Young Performer Award 2015’ by Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP during 'Indo-African Symposium' at JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty...OOTY (Sep 19, 2015) : Mr. Satya Rama Raju Research Scholar, JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty, Tamilnadu was honored with ‘Mr. Manas Tripathi Memorial APP Outstanding Oration Award 2015’ by Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, President APP Andhra Pradesh State Branch and Dr. P. Suresh Kumar, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, Anna University, BIT Campus, Trichy (TN) during 'Indo-African Symposium' at JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty...GOA (Aug 25, 2015) : Mrs. Komalpreet Kaur Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, G.H.G. Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Gurusar Sadhar, Ludhiana, Punjab was honored with ‘APP Young Performer Award 2015’ by Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP during 'National Symposium' at Royal Goan Beach Club, Haathi Mahal Resort, Goa...TENALI (Aug 8, 2015) : Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati Principal, Mother Teresa Pharmacy College, Sathupally, Khammam, Telangana was honored with ‘APP Principal of The Year Award 2015’ by Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Prof. G. Devala Rao, Vice President, APP AP State Branch during 1st Indo-Gulf Conference at A.S.N. Pharmacy College, Tenali, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh...DUBAI (Mar 16, 2015) : Dr. Saurabh Dahiya, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon, Haryana conferred with ‘APP Young Talent Award’ ; Dr. Rita Mourya, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, VNS Faculty of Pharmacy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh conferred with ‘APP Young Performer Award’ ; Dr. Horvat Gabriella and Dr. Csilla Bartos, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Szeged, Hungary conferred with 'Best Oration Award' and 'Best Poster Presentation Award' for their presentations on the topics ‘Thiolated Poly(aspartic acid) Polymers in Ophthalmic Therapy’ and ‘Formulation and Characterization of Nanonized Meloxicam containing Nasal Gels’, during APP 2nd International Workshop on ‘Controlled Drug Delivery System: Recent Challenges and Opportunities Ahead’ organized in collaboration with OMICS Group Incorporation, USA at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Dubai, United Arab Emirates... Mr. P. P. Sharma Ex-Vice President, Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) honored with 'APP Outstanding Achievement Award'; Mr. S. K. Palta Ex-Marketing Director & Chief Executive, Sarabhai Chemicals, Vadodara honored with 'APP Outstanding Industry Professional Award'; Mr. Tarsem Jain Editor-in-Chief, Pharma Pramarsh, Rohtak, Haryana honored with 'APP Senior Pharmacist Award'; Prof. R. Govindarajan from Hindu College of Pharmacy, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh honored with 'APP Principal of The Year Award'; Dr. P. Selvamani from Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, Trichy, Tamil Nadu honored with 'APP Young Investigator Award'; Dr. Narendra Kumar Nyola from Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan honored with 'APP Young Pharmacy Teacher Award'; Dr. Ranganathan Balasubramanian from Amrita University, Kochi, Kerala honored with 'APP Young Achiever Award'; Mr. Mohd. Rageeb Mohd. Usman from Smt. S. S. Patil College of Pharmacy, Chopda, Maharashtra honored with 'APP Young Pharmacist Award'; Dr. Emdad Hossain from College of Pharmacy, Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh & Mr. Abhishek Raj from Quest Pharmaceuticals, Nepal honored with 'APP Young Performer Awards' during APP 4th Annual National Convention on 'Industry Participation in Academic Intervention: Need for Overall Upgradation of Pharmacy Profession' at Invertis Institute of Pharmacy, Invertis University, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh on 31st January 2015... Professionals from countries other than India, can become life members of association by paying US$ 100 as membership fee...

LAST EVENT: Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Punjab State Branch organized 3rd Indo-Gulf Conference on "Innovations and Challenges in Pharmaceutical Research" at G.H.G Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Gurusar Sadhar, Ludhiana, Punjab on 20th October, 2016, in collaboration with APP Community & Clinical Pharmacy Division. Prof. Bhakti Bhusan Barik, International Head, APP Community Pharmacy Division from College of Pharmacy, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Prof. Mohammed Ali, Ex-Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University), New Delhi addressed the professional gathering during the conference.

Founder President’s Message

I feel immense pleasure to take the golden opportunity of becoming the president of Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) from 1st March, 2011.

APP is a unique organization of dedicated professionals willing to serve pharmacy profession in dynamic ways and I feel sense of pride and obligation to be a part of this association. APP involves people from various arena including students, teachers, researchers, scientists  as well as industry professionals. APP is continuously gaining  attention among  pharmacy community  of  India and abroad.

APP actually aids in extending the knowledge and facilities of several technical institutes, industries as well as health sectors to the remote areas where the service and live functionality of pharmacy profession is the real want. This humble act might be in the form of academic, research or health related activities. The association is also aware about and share the responsibilities of professionals towards the community and social liabilities. The APP also accesses the availability of expertise when it needs and ensures that the systematic teaching learning activities not only occurs but also reach to the common knowledge development system by acting as source of fulfilment in case of any need.

APP emerged with a view to sustain and support the horizon of knowledge from all areas of pharmaceutical and other allied sciences. APP has a widespread scope as pharmacy is a multidisciplinary branch which requires knowledge from chemical, physical and biological sciences that have further merged together to develop several new subjects, areas of education, research and technology.

Role of ‘Association of Pharmacy Professionals’ is also to think of betterment of the community, society and also to involve young generation to lead them to run the new era  of pharmacy and related disciplines under the blessings and guidance of previous generation. We assure the dedicated and wholehearted efforts of our resources and abilities to push the pharmacy profession in all ways. Let us hope and work for making APP more visible at every forefront of scientific, academic and research fields. May the kind cause and wisdom of APP reach many places, many people all over India and abroad and enlighten the name of profession beyond the boundaries globally.



At private schools, a surge of Chinese students EVERETT — Pope John XXIII High School once epitomized the parochial school experience, a concrete building where hundreds of poor Catholic children from Irish and Italian immigrant families sought a new future. For decades, a student from farther away than Malden or Chelsea stood out. ​ Walk through the same doors now, and the tones of Mandarin Chinese bounce off the lockers. International flags fly between stained glass windows in a chapel-turned-dining hall. In one classroom, a crucifix hangs over a bookshelf with a Chinese dictionary — a reminder that almost half the school’s population hails from abroad. Three-quarters of those students come from China. Advertisement Chinese students have flocked to US universities for nearly 40 years. But as that country’s middle class balloons and competition for college acceptance rises, some families aim to jump-start the process by sending children abroad as early as junior high. This influx has spurred a side industry ripe for exploitation and shifted the makeup of secondary schools nationwide, particularly in private-school hubs like New England. cosplay wigsElite boarding schools have found the surge so great that many are attempting to maintain a balance by accepting fewer Chinese. But many day schools, faced with financial pressures, have seized on the opportunity to enroll full-tuition students through partnerships with recruitment agencies, new dorms, and rejiggered curriculums. “This school is not the school that was here in the 1980s,” said Tom Ryan, head of school at Pope John XXIII. Chinese made up 35 percent of the 92,000 foreign secondary school students in the United States in 2015, according to the US Department of Homeland Security, by far the largest group studying here. The number of international students in New England alone rose from more than 9,000 in 2010 to nearly 14,000 last year. International enrollment at the Newman School in the Back Bay shot up from 29 percent to 36 percent in the past five years, with 70 percent of those Chinese. The MacDuffie School in Granby has more than doubled its international population in the past four years, to 160 out of 297 students total.

Advertisement Lexington Christian Academy recently acquired a dormitory, largely for international students who pay $61,860 a year for tuition and housing. In 2011, Pope John XXIII officials converted the school’s fifth-floor convent into a dormitory for foreign students. Tuition there is $9,500 annually, plus about $30,000 for room and board. This new wave of Chinese students, even as they seek educational opportunity, is also more vulnerable because they leave their families at a young age, travel halfway across the world, and juggle the insecurities of teenage years in a country they don’t understand. Some of these so-called parachute kids sink, but many do master a system of teaching much different than they knew, improve their English, diversify traditionally monochrome campuses, and better situate themselves to attend a US university. And yet the transition can feel jarring. “The first day I arrived at my host family’s, I shut the door all day and stayed in my room,” said Ran Yixin, who entered George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine, as a hesitant 17-year-old sophomore. Then the south China native started watching football games with her host father, joined the cheerleading squad, volunteered at a local church, and became a discerning lobster eater. She graduated last year and now attends Bunker Hill Community College. lace front wigs“You need to be versatile; you can’t be only good at studying,” said Ran, who like many international students, bounced between host families. The desire to attend a US college often drives families, but, like Ran, many also seek to avoid the rigidity of the Chinese education system. Most public school students in China focus their academic career on passing a single test, the national college entrance exam, which is taken in their senior year. Students study long hours, and their score on this test, called the gaokao, determines where they go to college and what majors they pursue. This method, while prized for its rigor, leaves little time for hobbies or self-examination. “The education system in China is quite harmful for personal interest,” said Ran’s father, Ran Qihui, who paid about $46,000 a year for the US private high school. Some Chinese parents worry the American approach, which emphasizes extracurriculars and encourages students to follow their passions, fails to instill the same level of academic skills as the Chinese model. Unless parents can afford to accompany their children, it also tears families apart at the child’s most formative age. “It’s like they start college four years earlier,” said Tracy Ren, a Beijing mother whose son went to Choate Rosemary Hall, the same Connecticut boarding school President John F. Kennedy attended. “If you want to send [your kids abroad] at 14, they’re gone.”

David L Ryan/Globe Staff Ali Fu from China with Priscila Forgione from Lynn work together at Pope John XXIII High School in Everett. Ren helps run a parental support group on WeChat, a popular Chinese social media app, that translates to “Circle of Moms who want to Send their Kids to the US.” It has 50,000 followers. Many of these are parents like Robby Yang, caught between keeping a child nearby and encouraging them to leave. Any reservations the Chinese father had about sending his son abroad ended when the boy started elementary school in Beijing. He noticed that parents were asking the teacher what supplemental material they should buy for their 7-year-olds, in addition to after-school English classes and regular homework. Yang tried to ignore the intensity of his son’s kindergarten, where some of the kids could read novels. But the child would cry because he couldn’t list addition tables or write as many Chinese characters as the others. “This kind of competition is everywhere,” said Yang, who works on the investment side of Pearson, a multinational education and publishing company, and commutes three hours a day so his son can attend a well-regarded school. Schools acknowledge that revenue from these full-paying students motivates their recruitment. Many also hope to cultivate affluent international families into donors. But administrators also say the influx is reshaping classrooms that historically have lacked diversity. “We’re going to end up with a population of students who maybe aren’t so interested in putting a wall around their own country,” said Steven Griffin, head of school at the MacDuffie School. perruques cheveuxAn entire industry, both in the United States and China, has sprung up to funnel young foreign students to American prep schools. Fees can run as high as $50,000 for an agent to guide a family through the admissions process. Many of these businesses make additional profit by housing students in makeshift dorms or placing them with host families. Schools use agents because they believe it lends legitimacy to students’ applications. But it also makes for unusually close partnerships between admissions officers and businesses, with money as a primary incentive.

David L Ryan/Globe Staff Nick Zhou, who is from China, played pool after school ended at Pope John XXIII. “International students are a very lucrative market,” said Xi Zhang, founder of Boston-based FindingSchool.com, a website that provides information in Chinese about US secondary schools. “Although they can claim ‘I want to make sure our student body is diverse,’ lots of schools are doing this for the money.” The MacDuffie School finds 80 percent of its international students through agents, Griffin said. The school pays agents a cut, 10 percent of the $51,000 tuition that schools receive from the family the first year, and 5 percent in subsequent years. Sparhawk School, an Amesbury day school, requires students from China, Vietnam, and Korea to apply through the Cambridge Institute for International Education, a recruiting company whose affiliate operates the school’s new dormitory in nearby Haverhill. The Waltham-based company, founded less than a decade ago, partners with more than 200 private and public high schools and universities, one of the largest agencies of its kind. Although third-party companies assist many families with the unfamiliar process, some also manipulate naive parents eager to see their children succeed. A Chinese parent recently contacted the MacDuffie School to tell the headmaster her family could no longer afford the mandatory $40,000 annual donation. But no such donation rule exists. The family’s agent made up the story, and the school never received the money. With such high stakes — a child’s or a school’s future — the attempts at profiteering go both ways. Lexington Christian Academy, whose student body is 11 percent international, last year asked a Chinese student to leave when, after several warnings, she did not complete her coursework. Her parents flew in and offered the headmaster whatever assistance he needed for her to stay. “Eventually, what I understood they were saying was, ‘How much?’ ” Head of School Timothy Russell said. Students face their own struggles as they confront an unfamiliar setting, often alone and with limited English skills. Pope John XXIII sits across the street from a Dunkin’ Donuts and the Rt. perruques cheveux naturels99 Smoke Shop, between a convenience store and a nail salon. Some Chinese find suburban America a lonely transition from the crowded streets and flashy high-rises of Beijing and Shanghai. Augustine Wong, a Hong Kong transplant who attends the Newman School in the Back Bay, called the quiet West Roxbury neighborhood where his host family lives “gloomy.”

To help foreign students assimilate, schools sometimes require them to play sports or join clubs. The influence works in both directions: Chinese New Year has become a commonly feted holiday. But lunchrooms tell another story, often divided along cultural lines. During a recent morning assembly at the Newman School, many Asian students grouped together on one side of the room. A few never escape that bubble, making it difficult to ever really fit in. And, every so often, something goes terribly wrong. remy hair extensionsThree Chinese high school students in Southern California made headlines earlier this year for allegedly stripping another Chinese girl, burning her with cigarettes, and forcing her to eat her own hair. One of the student’s lawyers linked their actions to loneliness and the lack of parental supervision. Such behaviors are rare. But students can find themselves squeezed between expectations of American teachers and pressure from parents unfamiliar with a Western education system. George Becker, a world history teacher at Pope John XXIII, says that many Chinese students arrive tired to first period because they stay up late to Skype with their parents. Some sleep for a few hours, get up around 1 a.m. to talk, then go back to sleep, he said. Becker struggles to keep students with limited English skills engaged. He spends much of the first semester reinforcing the importance of participating in class and voicing opinions — skills that aren’t always encouraged in traditional Chinese schools. “I’m constantly thinking about making sure they understand this, or how can I connect this to something where they’re from,” Becker said. The increase in foreign students also affects how and what schools teach. Sparhawk School runs a course to prepare students for the English-language exam they must take to attend US universities, and it has trained its teachers on cultural differences between US and Chinese experiences. MacDuffie School offers an international diploma for foreign students who don’t meet the regular requirements for graduation. Lexington Christian Academy developed a special English-language learning program that some students attend before enrolling at the academy or at another secondary school. “You’re actually, in a way, changing the school,” said Peter Upham, executive director of The Association of Boarding Schools.

While the surge in international students brings more diversity of thought, it also threatens to shift the demographics too far in one direction, Upham said. His association has started a national campaign to encourage boarding schools to enroll more domestic students — 2,020 more by the year 2020. Meanwhile, the region’s elite prep schools, with their larger endowments, face less pressure to recruit international students. Enrolling too many foreign students can backfire, said Chris Blondin, associate admissions director at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, which has 17 Chinese students out of 400 total. Chinese families aren’t attracted to schools that look too much like home, he said. pre bonded hairDeerfield Academy counts about 20 Chinese in its student body of 635. The school has watched the number of Chinese applications drop as families learn that it admits just one student for every 12 applicants and does not have an English-language learning program. In coming years, the Newman School aims to reverse strategy and recruit more US students. Headmaster Harry Lynch is proud of Newman’s global reputation, but he frequently hears that the school is not well-known in Boston. Lynch sat in his office one recent afternoon surrounded by stacks of American textbooks. The bell rang and students from around the world raced past his open door to class. “When I look at the future of the school,” Lynch said, “it has to rebalance.” Laura Krantz can be reached at laura.krantz@globe.com. Jessica Meyers can be reached at jessica.meyers@globe.com.