Interview by Bhawna Rawat
Dr. Ashwini R. Madgulkar is currently working as the Principal of AISSMS College of Pharmacy, Pune. She has a considerable and valuable experience including 25 years of experience in pedagogy and 13 years of experience in academic research. She has filed applications for two Indian patents. She is a member of the professional bodies: Maharashtra State Pharmacy Council (MSPC), Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) and Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI).
Dr. Madgulkar work has been recognized and awarded with the Rajnibhai V. Patel PharmInnova Award for Best M Pharm Thesis Guide in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2016, Indian Rheumatologist Association’s award for the best research paper in 2016 and APTI (Maharashtra) PHRSI Principal of the year (Degree) for the year 2014.
Dr.Ashwini R. Madgulkar on why she enjoys working in the educational sector
The educational sector is one of the basic needs for human development and it is necessary for national development and a prosperous society. Teaching is a noble profession which made me become more inclined towards this sector. This also gives me satisfaction as a teacher while working with students of different social and cultural backgrounds and to groom them into future pharmacist.
Challenges from various stakeholders, exposure to multiple perspectives, stable schedule, personal fulfilment and interpersonal interactions make the education sector the best sector to work in.
A philosophy of leadership that offers benefits to all levels of the organization
My philosophy of leadership is participative management. Participative management includes the involvement of employees in decision making. It also encourages the involvement of stakeholders at all levels of an organization in the analysis of problems, development of strategies, and implementation of solutions. This offers various benefits at all levels of the organization. By creating a sense of ownership in the institution, participative management instils a sense of pride and motivates employees to increase productivity in order to achieve institutional goals. Employees who participate in the decisions of the Institute feel like they are a part of a team with a common goal, and find their sense of self-esteem and creative fulfilment heightened.
The corporate exposure helped Dr. Madgulkar in a better understanding of the industry
My corporate experience helped in acquainting more practical knowledge about the industry and this helped me to bridge the gap between the Industry and Institution through the contacts developed during industry interaction. I could pass on this knowledge to my students. It proved to be extremely valuable to the institution.
Time management has been a significant challenge in Dr. Madgulkar’s successful career
The very first challenge that I faced was time management during the writing of the manuscript for publishing books and devoting quality time for research to file patents. Achieving required qualifications raised my eligibility to become a member of several educational bodies. Various competitors in the field were the biggest challenge that I faced. Good networking with peers helped me to overcome these challenges.
AISSMS’s College of Pharmacy is making efforts to develop students’ skills
We believe in honing the overall persona of our students through excellence in academics, co-curricular, extracurricular and social activities. We strive to develop a sense of social obligation and discipline among our students not only to make a better technocrat but also a better human being.
We concentrate on overall development of students through soft skills training sessions, Industrial exposure and participation in various competitions.
The important skills required for a student to become a successful pharmacist in today’s world
Students should develop the following skills to become a successful Pharmacist.
1. Sound Knowledge -Students should have sound and update knowledge of all the subjects studied in their due course of the programme. They should keep themselves updated with the latest happenings in the Pharmaceutical industry.
2. Research aptitude- Research skills are of utmost importance if they want to pursue their career in research and development of any Pharmaceutical industry.
3. Multitasking and efficiency skills- Students should be able to handle many projects at a time with the quality output.
4. Communication skills-Students should be really good at communication so as to connect well with patients, Physician and other health care experts.
5. Management and Financial skills- They should be able to manage workflow and employees along with drug inventory control on a daily basis.
Practicing the mantra ‘Learn-Unlearn-Relearn’
We need to keep ourselves abreast with the latest techniques of the industry through industry-institute interaction. This update is of utmost importance so as to make our students more employable.
Keeping back older techniques and adopting newer ones is the basis of the learning process.
Our curriculum includes a unique practice of short-term projects for undergraduates
We, at AISSMS College of Pharmacy, always give an extra edge to our students through various developmental activities we carry out for them. Apart from the curriculum prescribed by Savitribai Phule Pune University, we have a unique practice of short-term projects for undergraduates. The State of art facilities along with excellent teaching-learning process plays a key role development of students. Hands-on sessions for the students makes the learning process very comfortable and interesting. We have a robust feedback mechanism wherein there is involvement of all the stakeholders for continuous improvement of the college.
Importance of adapting to the changes in the educational sector
Progress implacably requires change. To make students more employable it is indispensable to quickly adapt to the changes in the educational sector through augmentation of infrastructure, assessment reforms, advanced teaching aids, strengthening support system, etc.
Goals and plans for the future growth and expansion of the institution
All our future plans revolve around our vision to be amongst the top ten pharmacy colleges in India. We will be constantly striving for quality education and constant improvement in all our endeavours. In this respect, we are going to strengthen our ICT based novel teaching techniques, augmentation of infrastructure, the introduction of some add-on courses and extracurricular clubs for students.