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 APP RAJASTHAN STATE BRANCH  workshopNATIONAL WORKSHOP

Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Rajasthan State Branch organized a Workshop on “Approaches for Effective Pharmaceutical Teaching and Research” during National level Conference on Drug Design, Discovery and Development’ at Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu on 25th July, 2014. During workshop, Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP and HOD, Department of Pharmaceutics, Globus College of Pharmacy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh addressed the gathering on ‘Seminar and Journal Club (SJC) Model for Effective Teaching-Learning and Scientific Writing: Perception to Post Graduation Pharmacy Students’. Dr. Dahiya told that theory and practicals are two essential components of pharmacy course curriculum; but in addition to appearing and passing examination with good score grades, pharmacy degree pursuing students are essentially required to develop professional skills which might not be attained solely by conventional class room programs. She proposed a contemporary Seminar and Journal Club (SJC) model and explained how to correlate, practise, implement and utilize the fundamentals of this model to study the theory, practicals topics as well as to prepare the students for scientific writing including preparation for synopsis, thesis and paper publication. This model seems to be a complete training program for UG/PG students during their course of studies providing in depth knowledge; consequently improving quality and standards of pharmacy students. After the lecture, memento and certificate were given to Dr. Dahiya by Dr. Meena Kishore Sakharkar, Associate Professor and Chair – Rational in Drug Design, University of Sasketchewan, Canada and Dr. K. Ruckmani, Professor & Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu and Director, Centre for Excellence in Nanobio Translational REsearch (CENTRE). During workshop, Dr. Sunita Dahiya was honored with ‘Young Achiever Award’ by Dr. G. Mariappan, Director, Kamla Nehru Institute of Management and Technology – Pharmacy Institute,  Sultanpur (UP) and Dr. S. Latha, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, Tiruchirappalli (TN) for her achievements in pharmaceutical field. Workshop was witnessed by Dr. P. Selvamani, Dr. S. Lakshmana Prabhu; Mr. A. Shanmugarathinam; Mr. R. Suriyakanth; Ms. P.S. Dhivya; Mr. S. Rajkumar from Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP as Convener and attended by members of APP Rajasthan State Branch, faculties of ANNA University and students of surrounding pharmacy/biotechnology departments of various universities/institutes.


            

DSC_24131NATIONAL SEMINAR

APP Rajasthan State Branch and Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy (SIP), Rajsamand, Nathdwara (RJ) jointly organized a National Seminar on “Current Perspectives of Analytical Techniques in Pharmaceutical Sciences” on 24th September 2014 at the college premise. The main motive of this scientific meet was to provide a forum for in-depth discussion on importance of diverse analytical techniques in pharmacy research projects. Programme was started with ‘Maa Saraswati Pooojan’ and welcome of all the guests by the chairman, principal, faculties of the hosting institute. Seminar was inaugurated by Dr. L. D. Patel, Director and Professor, C. U. Shah College of Pharmacy and Research, C. U. Shah University, Wadhwan, Gujarat as the Chief Guest; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Principal, Globus College of Pharmacy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh as Organizing Chairman; Dr. Govindasamy Jeyabalan, President, APP Rajasthan State Branch and Principal, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan as Convener; Dr. R. S. Bhadauria, Principal, Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara as Organizing Secretary and Dr. Gunjan Jadon, Joint Secretary APP Rajasthan State Branch as Co-ordinator of the programme.
The scientific session of the seminar was initiated with the inaugural talk of Prof. L. D. Patel on “Quality by Design (QbD)” which was followed by lecture of Dr. Rajesh Kumar Maheshwari, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, SGSITS, Indore on the topic “Eco-friendly Analytical Techniques employing Novel Applications of Hydrotropic Solubilization, Mixed-hydrotropic Solubilization and Mixed-solvency Concept”. Another speaker, Mr. Rahul Taneja, Scientist, Patent Information Centre, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Haryana (Panchkula) addressed the audience on “Patenting System in Healthcare”. Scientific session was ended with lecture of Mr. Ashutosh Pareek from Department of Pharmacy, Banasthali University, Banasthali who addressed the gathering on “Validated Reverse Phase HPLC Method for Pharmacokinetic Study of Developed In Situ Gelling Ocular Drops of Pefloxacin Mesylate in Rabbit Aqueous Humor”. The event was witnessed by Mr. Ashok Parikh, Chief Patron and Chairman of the hosting institute; Mr. Dipesh Parikh, Patron of the seminar; Dr. Ashok Dashora, Director and Professor, Geetanjali Institute of Pharmacy, Geetanjali University, Udaipur; Dr. Kalpesh Gaur, Secretary, APP Rajasthan State Branch and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Geetanjali Institute of Pharmacy, Geetanjali University, Udaipur; Dr. Narendra Nyola, Joint Secretary, APP Rajasthan State Branch and Associate Professor, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan and directors/principals of other colleges of the Shrinathji Society for Higher Education, Nathdwara. Besides two best poster presentation awards, Dr. Deshbandhu Joshi, Associate Professor, Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara was honored with “Best Teacher Award” and Mr. Ashish Kushwaha, B.Pharm 3rd year student of hosting institute was honored with “Best Student Award” by Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) during valedictory function of the event. Programme was terminated with vote of thanks by Dr. R. S. Bhadauria, the organizing secretary of the seminar.

   
           

5NATIONAL SEMINAR

Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Rajasthan State Branch celebrated “National Pharmacy Week 2014” by organizing a National Seminar on “Frontiers in Pharmaceutical Education and Research: Global Concerns” on the inaugural day of National Pharmacy Week – 16th November 2014 at Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar. Seminar was inaugurated by Sh. Ajay Phatak, Assistant Drug Controller, Jaipur, Rajasthan as the ‘Chief Guest’; Dr. V.K. Agarwal, Chancellor, SunRise University, Alwar, Rajasthan as ‘Chief Patron’; Dr. Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Assistant Registrar, Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur as ‘Guest of Honor’; Prof. B. L. Raina, Vice Chancellor, SunRise University, Alwar as ‘Special Guests’ from Academia; Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Principal, Globus College of Pharmacy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh as ‘Organizing Chairman’ and Prof. Govindasamy Jeyabalan, Principal, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan as ‘Convener’. After the inauguration, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP made the gathering aware of objectives of Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP).
Felicitation of Sh. Ajay Phatak, Asst. Drug Controller, Jaipur, Rajasthan  – the ‘Chief Guest’ of the event, was done by Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President of the Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP), with bouquet of flowers and appreciation certificate. During seminar, Dr. Saurabh Dahiya, recipient of “Young Achiever Award” and a Faculty of School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon, Haryana, addressed gathering on ‘Compulsory Licensing: A Key Regulatory Issue’. The scientific session of the event continued with the lecture of Prof. Ashutosh Kar, Sr. Professor, School  of  Pharmaceutical Sciences, Apeejay  Stya  University, Gurgaon, Haryana on the topic “Time Controlled Secondary Pharmaceutical Products vs Chronopharmacology”. After his talk, Prof. Kar was felicitated by memento and certificate by Prof. Geyabalan Jeyabalan, convener of the seminar and President, APP Rajasthan State Branch. Another lecture was delivered by Dr. Hemendra Gautam, Vice President APP and Principal, Smt. Vidyawati College of Pharmacy, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh who addressed the professional gathering on the topic “Drug-Drug Interactions: Identification and Prevention in Patients”.
After the last talk, oration was given by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Mourya, HOD, Department of Biotechnology, Invertis University, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh who addressed the gathering on “Clinico Pathological Analysis of Gallbladder Carcinoma from North India”. Dr. Mourya was conferred with ‘Best Oral Presentation Award’ for his oration, by President APP and President APP Rajasthan State Branch during the seminar. Another ‘Oral Presentation Award’ was given to Mr. Ajit Kumar Yadav, Research Scholar, Mewar University, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan for his oration on “Phytopreventive Values of Plants against Dental Caries Urban and Rural Variation”. During the programme, Dr. V. K. Agarwal, the Chairman of the hosting institute, honored all guests and speakers including Sh. Ajay Phatak, Dr. Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Dr. Saurabh Dahiya, Dr. Hemendra Gautam, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, Prof. Ashutosh Kar, Prof. Govindasamy Jeyabalan, Sh. Tarsem Jain (Editor, Pharma Pramarsh) and Prof. B. L. Raina (Vice Chancellor, SunRise University, Alwar) with ‘Maa Saraswati Memento’, Shawl, Bouquet of flowers and the traditional ‘Pagdi’.
During seminar, Mr. Suresh Kumar Beniwal, Research Scholar, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kurukshetra University, Haryana; Mr. Manoj Jadon, UG student, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar won ‘Best Poster Presentation Awards‘. In addition to oral/poster presentation awards, Mr. Ashutosh Upadhyay, Research Scholar, NIMS University, Jaipur and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar was honored with “APP Best Teacher Award” and Ms. Tiaba Rashid, B.Pharm 4th year student of hosting institute was honored with “APP Best Student Award” by Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) during valedictory function of the event. The workshop was witnessed by Dr. Narendra Kumar Nyola, Joint Secretary, APP Rajasthan State Branch and faculties/students of Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan and surrounding pharmacy institutions. During the event, Dr. V. K. Agarwal, Chancellor, SunRise University (SRU), Alwar was conferred with “APP Appreciation Award” by President APP for his contribution toward pharmacy profession. Programme was ended with vote of thanks by Prof. Govindasamy Jeyabalan.


            

ANATIONAL CONFERENCE

Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Rajasthan State Branch organized National Conference on ‘Medicinal Chemistry Perspective in Drug Discovery and Therapy’ on 12th December, 2015 at Pacific College of Pharmacy, Pacific University, Udaipur, Rajasthan. Event was witnessed by Prof. Govindasamy Jeyabalan, President, APP Rajasthan State Branch and Principal,  Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan as ‘Chief Guest’; Mr. Suresh Samar from Drug Control Officer, Udaipur Zone, Rajasthan State as ‘Special Guest’; Dr. Rita Mourya, Treasurer, Association of Pharmacy Professionals from Faculty of Pharmacy, VNS Group of Institutions, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and Prof. Bhagwati Prasad Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Pacific University, Udaipur as ‘Guests of Honor’; Prof. Indrajeet Singhvi, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Pacific College of Pharmacy, Pacific University, Udaipur as ‘Organizing Secretary’ and Dr. Alka Agarwal, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pacific College of Pharmacy, Udaipur as ‘Programme Coordinator’. Moreover, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, President APP and Professor, Dept. of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Mizan-Tepi University, Ethiopia acted as ‘Organizing Chairman‘ and Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP acted as ‘Chairman – Scientific Committee‘ 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 Prof. Bhagwati Prasad Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Pacific University, Udaipur who addressed the gathering on ‘Pharmaceutical Trading‘.
In his talk, Dr. B. P. Sharma focused on the key concepts and challenges in pharmaceutical trading with respect to indian and global scenario. He also emphasized on the “Consumer Concerned Policy” of the pharmaceutical companies as well as industry ethical marketing. Dr. Sharma was felicitated with ‘APP Appreciation Award 2015’ for his outstanding contribution in education sector by Dr. Rita Mourya, Treasurer, Association of Pharmacy Professionals, India.
Scientific session was continued with lecture of Prof. Narsimhan B., Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana on the topic ‘CADD – Computer Aided Drug Design‘. Dr. Narsimhan told that drug discovery is an expensive process involving high R & D cost and extensive clinical testing. A typical development time for drug discovery is estimated to be 10-15 years and modern drug discovery process involve several critical steps including target identification and validation, lead identification and optimization as well as preclinical phase. He also discussed about physicochemical parameters (including lipophilicity, electronic, stearic, topological parameters) commonly used in QSAR.
Prof. Narsimhan B., Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, M.D. University, Rohtak, Haryana was felicitated with ‘APP Young Scientist Award 2015‘ by Prof. Govindasamy Jeyabalan, President, APP Rajasthan State Branch; Prof. Indrajeet Singhvi, President, APTI Rajasthan State Branch and Prof. B. P. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Pacific University, Udaipur, Rajasthan during the event. Dr. Narsimhan has more than 110 research publications to his credit covering a cumulative ISI impact factor of more than 165. Scientific session was terminated with lecture of Prof. Mohammed Ali, Ex-Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi on the topic ‘Aromatherapy : Chemistry and Medicinal Uses’. Dr. Ali told that aromatherapy is a natural and noninvasive gift of the nature for humans and it regulates the physiological, spiritual and psychological functions and provides a new phase of life.
During conference, Dr. Indrajeet Singhvi, Dr. Alka Agarwal, Mr. Khem chand Gupta and Mr. Narayan Lal from Pacific College of Pharmacy, Udaipur were honored with ‘APP Appreciation Award’, ‘APP Best Teacher Award’, ‘APP Best Research Scholar Award’ and ‘APP Best Student Award’ respectively. Conference was attended by huge crowd of pharmacy teachers/students and papers were presented in ‘poster’ session by more than 100 delegates.
During valedictory function, first prize in poster competition was given to Mrs. Veenu Bala from Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur on her presentation on topic ‘Drug Designing via Established Molecule: Most Fruitful Basis of Drug Discovery’. Second and third prizes were given to Mr. Khemchand Gupta from Pacific College of Pharmacy, Pacific University, Udaipur and Mrs. Joohee Pradhan from Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur on topics ‘Formulation and Evaluation of Stable Dry Powder Inhaler for Tiotropium Bromide with Better Lung Deposition’ and ‘Computer Aided Drug Design Studies for Anticonvulsant Activity of Some Newly Synthesized Pyrazolyl Pyridines’ respectively. Moreover, students of B. N. Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Udaipur and Shree Nath Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara won two consolation prizes.
Conference was attended by Dr. Satish Chandra Tewari (Director, Rotam Pesticides, Udaipur); Dr. Ashok Dashora (Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Geetanjali University, Udaipur); Dr. S. C. Ameta (Director, Pacific College of Basic and Applied Sciences), Dr. Hament Kothari (Dean, PG, Pacific University) and Principals/faculties of surrounding and hosting pharmacy college.

         
            

photoINDO-AFRICAN CONFERENCE

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.

       
            INDO-WEST INDIES CONFERENCE

Association of Pharmacy Professionals (APP) Rajasthan State Branch and APP West Indies International Branch jointly organized 6th Indo-West Indies Conference on “Challenges and Recent Trends in Pharmaceutical Sciences on 14th July 2018 at Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara, Rajsamand, Rajasthan, in collaboration with APP MolPharm Division.
During this APP-SIP collaborative conference, Prof. B. L. Choudhary, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur & Chairman, Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, Ajmer (Rajasthan) acted as ‘Chief Guest‘; Prof. Govindasamy Jeyabalan, Principal, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar as ‘Guest of Honor‘; Mr. Ashok Parikh, Secretary, Shrinathji Society for Higher Education, Nathdwara as ‘Chief Patron‘; Dr. Sunita Dahiya, General Secretary APP from School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA as ‘Convener‘; Prof. Raghvendra Singh Bhadauria, President, APP Rajasthan State Branch & Principal, Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara as ‘Organizing Secretary‘; Dr. Kamal Dua from Discipline of Pharmacy, University of Technology Sydney, Australia as ‘Scientific Committee Chairman’ and Dr. Gunjan Jadon, Associate Professor, Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara, Rajsamand, Rajasthan as ‘Coordinator’.
Scientific session of the conference was enriched with lectures of Dr. Rajiv Dahiya, Founder President APP & Director, School of Pharmacy, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago; Prof. Saurabh Dahiya, President, APP Haryana State Branch & Head, Department of Pharmacy, Lingaya’s University, Faridabad, Haryana; Dr. Gaurav Gupta, National Head, APP MolPharm Division from School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jaipur National University, Jaipur and Dr. Saurabh Kumar Banerjee, Executive Member, APP Rajasthan State Branch from School of Pharmaceutical Management, The IIHMR University, Jaipur who addressed the professional gathering on diverse topics of pharmaceutical interest like ‘Cancer: Impact on Public Health & Pharmacist’s Crucial Role in its Prevention‘, ‘Digital India, Digital Pharmacy Profession‘, ‘Recent Advances in Insulin Therapy for Diabetes‘ and ‘Pharmacovigilance: A Bright Career Opportunity for Pharmacy Graduates‘. During his lecture, Prof. Dahiya discussed that pharmacists, being important part of the health care team need to take lead in using digital technologies towards betterment of healthcare deliverable for all patients.
During the valedictory function, Prof. B. L. Choudhary, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur & Chairman, Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, Ajmer was conferred with ‘APP Outstanding Achievement Award‘ given in memory of Late Sh. Ranbir Singh Dahiya; Mr. Ashok Parikh, Secretary, Shrinathji Society for Higher Education, Nathdwara and Prof. Raghvendra Singh Bhadauria, Principal, Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara with ‘APP Appreciation Awards‘ and Prof. G. Jeyabalan, Principal, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar and all the speakers of the conference with ‘APP Certificate of Recognitions‘. Further, Dr. Gunjan Jadon, Associate Professor, Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara was felicitated with ‘APP Best Teacher Award‘; Mr. Vikram Choudhary, B.Pharm (IV) year student, Shrinathji Institute of Pharmacy, Nathdwara with ‘APP Best Student Award‘ and Mr. Sunil Singh, Ph.D Research Scholar, Mewar University, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan with ‘APP Outstanding Oration Award‘ given in memory of ‘Late Mr. Manas Tripathi‘. The programme ended by extending vote of thanks to all the resource persons and delegates of the conference.

          
            

 



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.