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Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Ethiopian International Branch organized 5th Indo-African Conference on ‘Recent Trends and Future Development in Pharmaceutical Sector’ on 1st September, 2016 at Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Bhimavaram, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, in collaboration with APP AP State Branch. Event was witnessed by Dr. Subas Chandra Dinda from Mekelle University, Ethiopia as ‘Chief Guest’; Sh. K. V. Vishnu Raju, Chairman, Shri Vishnu Educational Society, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh as ‘Chief Patron‘; Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, President, APP Andhra Pradesh State Branch, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh as ‘Convener’; Dr. D. B. Raju, Director and Professor, Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Bhimavaram, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh as ‘Co-convener’; Dr. K. Prasad, Principal and Professor, Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Bhimavaram, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh as ‘Organizing Secretary’. Further, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago acted as ‘Organizing Chairman’ and Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP acted as ‘Chairman-Scientific Committee’ of the conference in absentia.
Inauguration was started with ‘Prayer’ followed by welcome of all the guests on the dias with bouquet of flowers. Scientific session was initiated with keynote lecture of Dr. P. K. Lakshmi, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmaceutics, G. Pulla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Hyderabad who addressed the gathering on ‘ADME of Polymer Therapeutics’. Dr. Lakshmi discussed that understanding the pharmacokinetics of polymers in every step in the formulation of a polymer conjugates may prove successful drug delivery system in vivo and may avoid the iatrogenic illness. She told that polymer conjugation is an efficient approach to deliver the drugs to the host at specified target site without causing host toxicity or immunogenic reactions.
Scientific session was continued with lecture of Dr. Subas Chandra Dinda, Professor of Pharmaceutics, College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia on the topic ‘Mucoadhesive Microcapsule: A Novel Approach in Controlled and Sustained Drug Delivery’. Dr. Dinda emphasized on the rationale behind the designing of mucoadhesive dosage forms, the targeting sites of mucoadhesive drug delievery systems, approaches followed to incorporate drugs into the bioadhesive polymers, techniques used for preparation of mucoadhesive micro particles etc. Scientific Session was ended with lecture of Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, President, APP AP State Branch on the topic ‘Pharmacy Education and Practice in India: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead’. Dr. Suresh highlighted the importance of quality education and its outputs in the long term for academic, industrial and clinical side.
Conference was attended and papers were presented both in ‘oral’ and ‘poster’ session by more than 200 delegates all over the state. Event was witnessed by all the faculty members of Shri Vishu College of Pharmacy, Bhimavaram including Dr. M. Mohan VarmaDr. A. Srinivasa RaoDr. K. S. Natraj, Dr. Raghu Prasad and Dr. Swamy. During the valedictory function, Dr. K. Prasad, Principal, Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Bhimavaram was conferred with ‘APP Appreciation Award’ by Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, President, APP Andhra Pradesh State Branch. Programme ended with vote of thanks by Ms. K. Sindhu Bharathi, B. Pharmacy (final year) student of the hosting college.

                        
              

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Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Ethiopian International Branch and APP Haryana State Branch jointly organized Indo-African Symposium on ‘Biotechnological Production of Phytopharmaceuticals’ on 7th September, 2016 at Department of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana, India.
Symposium was organized under the able guidance of Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies as ‘Organizing Chairman’ in absentia; patrons Prof. J. P. Gupta, Chancellor, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana; Prof. R.K. Chauhan, Vice Chancellor, Lingaya’s University and Prof. G. V. Ramaraju Pro Vice Chancellor, Lingaya’s University. Further, ProfSaurabh Dahiya, Head, Department of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad served as ‘Convener’; Prof. Ashutoshkar, Professor Emeritus, Lingaya’s University served as ‘Organizing Secretary’ and Dr. Sachin Dubey, Head, Formulation Development (Biologics), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals SA, Switzerland as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’ in absentia.
Two different scientific sessions were addressed by Dr. Ajay Sharma, Vice President, APP Ethiopian International Branch and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Mizan-Tepi University, Mizan Teferi, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on “Biotechnological Production of Phytopharmaceuticals” and “Standardization of Herbal Drugs and Biotechnological Approaches”respectively.Dr. Ajay Sharma was conferred with “APP Young Achiever’s Award 2016 for his vital academic and scientific contribution in the pharmacy profession, by Prof. Saurabh Dahiya, Vice President APP Haryana State Branch and Prof. Ashutoshkar, Professor Emeritus at Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana. Programme ended with attracting attention of young pharmacy graduants by ProfSaurabh Dahiya on ‘Careers in Pharmacy’.

    
          

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Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Ethiopian International Branch organized 6th Indo-African Conference on ‘Advances and Challenges in Pharmaceutical Sciences’ in collaboration with APP Andhra Pradesh State Branch, on August 31, 2017 at University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. During this international level scientific conference, Prof. A. Rajendra Prasad, Vice Chancellor, Acharya Nagarjuna University acted as‘Chief Patron’; Prof. K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao, Rector, Acharya Nagarjuna University acted as‘Patron’; Prof. K. John Paul, Registrar, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur acted as the ‘Chief Guest’; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago  acted as ‘Organizing Chairman’  in absentia; Prof. A. Prameela Rani, Principal, University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh acted as ‘Convener’; Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, Vice President, APP Ethiopian International Branch and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, College of Medical Sciences, Wollega University, Ethiopia acted as ‘Co-convener’ and Prof. G.V.S.R. Anjineyulu, Director, International Student Cell, Acharya Nagarjuna University acted as ‘Guest of Honor’.
Scientific session of the conference was enriched with lectures of Prof. Subas Chandra Dinda, President, APP Ethiopian International Branch from  Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia, on the topic ‘Nanotechnology in Therapeutic Drug Targeting’ and Prof. M. Himaja fromDepartment of Chemistry, VIT University, Vellore, Tamilnadu on the topic ‘Edible Plant Extracts and their Biofabricated Silver Nano Particles as Alternative Medicine for Kidney Stones’.
Conference was attended and participated by more than 300 delegates from different universities and institutions including  Dr. Rama Krishna, Dr. Bharathi, Professorsfrom K V S R Siddhartha College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vijayawada; Dr. A. Ravi Kumar from Bapatla Pharmacy College, Baptla, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. During the valedictory function, Prof A. Rajendra Prasad, Prof. K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao and Prof. A. Prameela Rani were conferred with ‘APP Appreciation Awards’. Programme ended with felicitation of Ms. P. Hema Naga Lakshmi, B. Pharm. student, University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur with ‘APP Best Student Award’ by Prof. M. Himaja and Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati.

    
          

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Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Telangana State Branch organized 8th Indo-African Conference on “Advances and Challenges in Pharmaceutical Technology and Biotechnology” in collaboration with APP Ethiopian International Branch at St. Pauls College of Pharmacy, Turkayamjal, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Telangana (India) on 1st September 2017. Conference was witnessed by Prof. Subas Chandra Dinda, President, APP Ethiopian International Branch from Mekelle University, Ethiopia as ‘Chief Guest’; Dr. J. Venkateswara Rao, Principal, St. Pauls College of Pharmacy, Turkayamjal as ‘Convener’; Dr. A. Muralidhar Rao, President, APP Telangana State Branch and Principal, Sarojini Naidu Vanita Pharmacy Mahavidyalaya, Hyderabad, Telangana as ‘Co-Convener’. Further, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, FMS, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago acted as ‘Organizing Chairman’; Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP acted as ‘Chairman Scientific Committee’ and Dr. Rita Mourya, Joint Secretray, APP Ethiopian Int. Branch acted as  ‘Co-Chairman Scientific Committee’ in absentia.
Scientific session of the event was initiated with invited lecture of Dr. Subas Chandra Dinda, President, APP Ethiopian International Branch and Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia, who addressed the gathering on “Nanotheranostics in Drug Targeting”. Another lecture was delivered by Prof. A. Ravinder Nath, Dean, Academic Affairs and OSD (Planning & Development), Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, Telangana on the topic “Research Proposal”. Prof. Ravinder Nath emphasized on the fact that the goal of a research proposal is to present and justify the need to study a research problem and to present the practical ways in which the proposed study should be conducted.
During this Indo-African Conference, APP best student award was conferred to Ms. Prerana, B.Pharm Final year student of the hosting college. At the end, appreciation award was conferred to the chairman of the St. Pauls College of Pharmacy and certificates of appreciation were presented to the speakers of the conference.

    
            

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Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Ethiopian International Branch and Telangana State Branch organized 9th Indo-African Conference on ‘Global Trends and Recent Progress in Pharmaceutical Sector’ on 5th September, 2017 at Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Bhimavaram, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. Event was witnessed by Dr. Rita Mourya and Dr. Raja Abhilash Punagoti from University of Gondar, Ethiopia as ‘Chief Guests’; Sri K. V. Vishnu Raju, Chairman, Shri Vishnu Educational Society, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh as ‘Chief Patron’; Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, Vice President, APP Ethiopian International Branch and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Wollega University, Ethiopia as ‘Convener’; Dr. D. B. Raju, Director and Professor, Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Bhimavaram, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh as ‘Co-convener’; Dr. K. Prasad, Principal and Professor, Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Bhimavaram, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh as ‘Organizing Secretary’. Further, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago acted as ‘Organizing Chairman’ and Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP acted as ‘Chairman-Scientific Committee’ of the conference in absentia.
Inauguration was started with ‘Prayer’ followed by welcome of all the guests on the dias with bouquet of flowers. Scientific session was initiated with invited lecture of Dr. Raja Abhilash Punagoti, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, who addressed the gathering on ‘Essentials of cGMP’. Dr. Abhilash discussed that current good manufacturing practices (GMP) is a part of quality assurance which ensures that products are consistently produced and controlled to the quality standards appropriate to their intended use and as required by the marketing authorization.
Scientific session was continued with lecture of Dr. Rita Mourya from School of Pharmacy, University of Gondar, Ethiopia on the topic ‘Peptides and Proteins in Pharmaceutical Research: Biopotential and Challenges Ahead’. Dr. Mourya told that peptides are natural messenger molecules of the human body and hence ideal lead compounds for the initiation of drug discovery research. Dr. Mourya was honored with ‘APP Young Pharmacy Teacher Award 2017’ for her excellent academic achievements.
Session was ended with lecture of Prof. Krishna Mohan Chinnala, Dean, Nalla Narasimhareddy School of Pharmacy, Hyderabad, Telangana on the topic ‘Pharmacogenomics’. During the valedictory function, Sri K. V. Vishnu Raju, Chairman, Shri Vishnu Educational Society, Bhimavaram was conferred with ‘APP Appreciation Award’ by Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati. At the end, Mr. Sandeep Kumar Geddam, B. Pharmacy student of Vishnu Pharmacy College was conferred with ‘APP Best Student Award‘ by Dr. Mourya and Dr. Raja Abhilash from Ethiopia. Programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. K. Nataraj.

    
            

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Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Karnataka State Branch organized 10th Indo-African Conference on ‘Global Challenges in Natural Product Based Research and Medicines’ in collaboration with APP Ethiopian International Branch, on September 6, 2017 at Narasaraopeta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Narasaraopet, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Event was witnessed by Dr. Rita Mourya from School of Pharmacy, University of Gondar, Ethiopia as ‘Chief Guest’; Sri Mittapalli Venkata Koteswara Rao, Chairman, Narasaraopeta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences as ‘Patron’; Dr. J. N. Suresh Kumar, Principal, Narasaraopeta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Narasaraopeta, Andhra Pradesh as ‘Convener’; Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, Vice President, APP Ethiopian International Branch from Wollega University, Nekemte, Ethiopia as ‘Co-convener’ and Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, FMS, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago  as ‘Organizing Chairman’ and Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’ in absentia.
Programme was initiated by welcome of all the guests on the dias with bouquet of flowers followed by lightening of the lamp. Scientific session was initiated with lecture of Dr. Rita Mourya from School of Pharmacy, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, who addressed the gathering on ‘Hyperglycemia Managment: Herbal Trends and Remedies‘.Scientific session was continued with lecture of Dr. Kuntal Das, President, APP Karnataka State Branch and Professor, Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, Karnataka, on the topic ‘Development of Herbal Drugs from Plant Sources through Systemic Standardization‘. Session was ended with lecture of Dr. A. Lakshman Rao, Principal, V. V. Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gudlavalleru, Andhra Pradesh, on the topic ‘Need of Natural Product Based Research in Pharmaceuticals‘. Prof. Rao discussed about natural products in drug discovery, herbal medicines, polyherbal formulations and clinical trials in natural products.
Conference was attended and participated by more than 300 delegates, including Dr. Ravi Shankar from Vignan Pharmacy College, Guntur; Dr. Sudhakar Babu from A. M. Reddy Pharmacy College, Narasaraopeta; Dr. Prasad Rao, Principal, Siddhartha Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jonnaagadda, Guntur. During the valedictory function, Sri Mittapalli Chakravarthi, Director, NIPS, was conferred with ‘APP Appreciation Award’. At the end, Ms. Kolapalli Sai Venkata Nikitha, Pharm D. Student and Ms. Chandra Manasa, B. Pharm. student of Narasaraopeta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Narasaraopeta and Mr. K. Naga Prashant, faculty at Narasaraopeta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences were conferred with ‘Best Student Award 2017‘ and ‘Best Faculty Award 2017‘.

    
            

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Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Telangana State Branch organized 11th Indo-African Conference on ‘Advances in Pharmaceutical Technology and Phytomedicines’ in collaboration with APP Ethiopian International Branch, on September 16, 2017 at Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Maisammaguda, Secunderabad, Telangana. Event was witnessed by Sh. Ch. Malla Reddy, Chairman, Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Maisammaguda, Secunderabad as ‘Chief Patron’; Prof. M. Sudhakar, Principal, Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Maisammaguda, Secunderabad as ‘Convener’; Prof. A. Muralidhar Rao, President, APP Telangana State Branch & Principal, St. Mary’s College of Pharmacy, Secunderabad, Telangana as ‘Organizing Secretary’; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, FMS, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago  as ‘Organizing Chairman’; Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP as ‘Co-convener’ in absentia and Dr. Kamal Dua, Lecturer, Discipline of Pharmacy, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’.
Scientific session of the conference was initiated with lecture of Dr. Rita Mourya from School of Pharmacy, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, who addressed the gathering on ‘Hyperglycemia Managment: Herbal Trends and Remedies’. Scientific session was continued with lecture of Dr. M. Himaja, Professor, Professor, Department of Chemistry, VIT University, Vellore, Tamilnadu, on the topic ‘Isolation and Identification Techniques for Bioactive Components from Some Edible/Medicinal Plants Responsible for Antiurolithiatic Activity’. Session was ended with lecture of Dr. Muralidhar Rao Akkaladevi, President, APP Telangana State Branch and Principal, St. Mary’s College of Pharmacy, Secunderabad, Telangana, on the topic ‘Principal and Applications of Nanoscience’. Prof. Rao discussed about natural products in drug discovery, herbal medicines, polyherbal formulations and clinical trials in natural products.
During the conference, posters were presented in several sections. In pharmacology and clinical pharmacy section, Mr. N. Ramanachari, Assistant Professor, MLR college of Pharmacy, Dundigal, Hyderabad won the first prize for his poster entitled ‘Influence of Resviratrol on Pharmacokinetics of Carbamazepine in Epileptic Rats’. Second prize was received by Ms. Saranya, Pharm D IV Year student of Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Secunderabad on the poster entitled ‘Screening and Isolation of Proteins producing Bacteria from Soil’. In Pharmaceutics section, first prize was won by Ms. Santhoshini, B.Pharm IV Year student of Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Secunderabad on the poster entitled ‘Formulation and Evaluation of Rutin loaded Nano Sponges’.

    
            

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Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Rajasthan State Branch and APP Ethiopian International Branch jointly organized 12th Indo-African Conference on “Trends, Challenges and Future Scenario of Pharmaceutical Sciences” on 6th March 2018 at Arya College of Pharmacy, Kukas, Jaipur, Rajasthan, in collaboration with APP Drug Design & MedChem Division.
During this international-level conference, Sh. Ajay Phatak, Drug Controller, Jaipur, Rajasthan acted as ‘Chief Guest‘; Dr. Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Assistant Registrar, Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur as ‘Guest of Honor‘; Dr. Arvind Agarwal, President, Arya Group of Colleges, Jaipur as ‘Chief Patron‘; Dr. Puja Agarwal, Er. Anurag Agarwal, Dr. Surendra Sharma, Vice President, Chairman and Academic Director, Arya Group of Colleges, Jaipur as ‘Patrons’; Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP from School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA acted as ‘Convener‘; Prof. Raghvendra Singh Bhadauria, President, APP Rajasthan State Branch and Principal, Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara, Rajsamand, Rajasthan acted as ‘Co-convener‘; Prof. Vandana Sharma, Principal, Arya College of Pharmacy, Jaipur acted as ‘Organizing Secretary’; Prof. B. P. Nagori, Director, Faculty of Pharmacy, Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur; Prof. G. Jeyabalan, Ex-President, APP Rajasthan State Branch and Principal, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar and Dr. Gaurav Gupta, National Head, APP Molecular Pharmacology Division from Jaipur National University, Jaipur as ‘Invited Guests’ and Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, Founder President APP & Director, School of Pharmacy, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago acted as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman‘.
Scientific session of the conference was enriched with invited lectures of Dr. Rita Mourya, Joint Secretary, APP Ethiopian International Branch from School of Pharmacy, University of Gondar, Gondar, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Prof. Alka Agarwal, National Head, APP Drug Design & MedChem Division and Principal, U.S. Ostwal Institute of Pharmacy, Mangalwad, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan and Dr. Saurabh Kumar Banerjee, Executive Member, APP Rajasthan State Branch from IIHMR University, Jaipur on topics of pharmaceutical interest like ‘Biopotential of Peptides and Proteins’, ‘Pharmacy Orientation : Introduction to the Pharmacy Profession and the Future of the Pharmacist’, ‘Assessment of Drug Use Patterns using WHO Prescribing Indicators at Health Facility’.
During valedictory function, Mr. Mukesh Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Mr. Ashok Kumar Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics; Mr. Shailendra Tripathi, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology; Ms. Anshika Gupta, B.Pharm student, Arya College of Pharmacy, Jaipur were honored with ‘APP Best Teacher Award’, ‘APP Best Researcher Award’, ‘APP Best Achiever Award’, ‘APP Best Student Award’ respectively. The event continued with cultural programmes and felicitation of guests/organizers with ‘APP Appreciation Awards’ and distribution of prizes to three best poster presentees. Finally, the programme ended with vote of thanks to guests/delegates and distribution of APP life membership certificates.

       
            

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Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Ethiopian International Branch and APP Andhra Pradesh State Branch organized 13th Indo-African Conference on ‘Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology’ on 7th September, 2018 at Vijaya Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences for Women, Enikepadu, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on the occasion of ‘Paryushan Parva’. The scientific event was witnessed by Sri B. S. Appa Rao, Chairman, SRK Foundation, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh as ‘Chief Patron’; Dr. K. Padmalatha, Principal, Vijaya Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences for Women, Vijayawada and Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP from Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA as ‘Conveners’; Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, Vice President, APP Ethiopian International Branch from Wollega University, Ethiopia as ‘Co-convener’; Dr. Subas Chandra Dinda, President, APP Ethiopian International Branch from Mekelle University, Ethiopia and Dr. Sudhakar Sagaram from Wollega University, Ethiopia as ‘Guests of Honor’. Further, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, Founder President APP and Director, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago acted as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’ in absentia.
Inauguration started with ‘Prayer’ followed by welcome of all the guests on the dias with bouquet of flowers. Scientific session was initiated with lecture of Dr. Subas Chandra Dinda, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia who addressed the gathering on ‘Nanotheranostics and Its Toxicity Concerns in Drug Targeting’. Another lecture was delivered by Dr. Sudhakar Sagaram, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, College of Medical and Health Sciences, Wollega University, Ethiopia on the topic ‘Indian Pharmaceutical Industry and Its Potential in Term of Opportunities and the Challenges of Data Management’. Session was terminated with lecture of Dr. A. Lakshman Rao, Principal & Professor, V.V. Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gudlavalleru on the topic ‘Natural Product Based Research: A Promising Outcome’.
During the valedictory function, Chairman, SRK Foundations, Vijayawada and Principal, Vijaya Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences for Women, Vijayawada were conferred with ‘APP Appreciation Awards’ by Dr. Suresh V. Chennupati, Vice President, APP Ethiopian International Branch. At the end, Prof. A. Lakshman Rao, Principal, V.V. Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gudlavalleru was honored with ‘APP Principal of the Year Award’ for his overall outstanding performance in administration, academic and research activities by Prof. S. C. Dinda, President, APP Ethiopian International Branch and Ms. Veeramachineni Padma Sri, B. Pharm student of Vijaya Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences for Women was conferred with ‘Best Student Award 2018’ by Dr. S. Sagaram from Wollega University, Ethiopia. Programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. S. Sundar, Associate Professor from the hosting institute.

             
            

 



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.