Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 5. 1965.
Students at Pharmacy College, currently housed at the Central Institute of Technology in Petone, want the course transferred to Otago University.
The Registrar of the Pharmacy Board, Mr. G. W. Jackman, said recently: "The question of university training has become one of urgency for the reason that the Department of Education is at present planning a new Institute of Technology at Heretaunga in which provision is to be made for a School of Pharmacy."
Mr. Jackman stated that this plan was against the advice of the Pharmaceutical Society. The board's opinion was that the funds allocated for rebuilding should be used to expand the Bachelor of Pharmacy course at Otago University. The Pharmacy Board, in a 1963 survey, found that New Zealand was falling behind the rest of the world in its standards of pharmaceutical education.
It is understood that the Pharmacy College Students' Association is seeking NZUSA assistance in its endeavours to support the Pharmaceutical Board and the Pharmaceutical Society.
Pharmacy is currently a two-year course, and about 300 students attend lectures at Petone. Students are entitled to Fees and Allowance bursaries on the same basis as university students.
"Pharmacy is no longer a profession requiring only a technical knowledge of dispensing," Mr. Jackman comments. "University education is the only way to satisfactorily provide pharmacists with the necessary basic academic qualifications to accept the high degree of responsibility placed on them."