I joined Government College of Pharmacy, Karad (GCOPK)in 1987 as Principal. After initial consolidation, we started contacting our ex-students as an effort to build our old contacts. It was in 1989, that some of our alumni suggested “GCOPK started in 1964 as diploma and in 1965 as degree; why not we celebrate our Silver Jubilee in 1990?” The idea was attractive; but I was not sure how successful we will be in organizing program of Silver Jubilee. Still I thought of taking the risk. I confided this idea with staff members of GCOPK. Sizable faculty members were alumni of GCOPK. We thought that we can certainly attempt for the program; if it doesn’t succeed we may not repeat it again.
As a part of the same, we thought of organizing a get-together of alumni of GCOPK in 1990. That time we were still in the premises of College of Engineering, Karad. We contacted maximum number of alumni. The program of 1990 was extremely successful in terms of enthusiasm of participants and willingness to continue the effort in the subsequent years. Few alumni gave a suggestion that this kind of get-together should get some official sanctity; hence we thought of having an association of alumni. Since International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) with headquarters in Netherlands is a global organization of Pharmacy students, we thought of naming our association as Karad Pharmacy Students’ Federation (KPSF). This is how KPSF was born in 1990 and was registered as a charitable organization in 1993.
One of the major activities of KPSF is arranging get-together of alumni every three years. Accordingly we have organized get-togethers in the years 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008& 2011. Till 2008, all the get-togethers were organized in GCOPK campus. For the first time in 2011, get-together was organized outside GCOPK and was in Pune.
KPSF does many student-oriented activities at GCOPK premises. KPSF has awarded some best performers during 2005 to 2011 in the form of “Best Pharmacist” & “Distinguished Alumni” awards. The awardees were selected based on suggestions received at GCOPK office during the executive committee meeting. Somehow this activity is on hold as of now.
We don’t want to stop merely at get-togethers; we believe “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”. The very fact that in last 25 years, we have met 8 times indicates that the first step is complete. Now we have to work together for progress and also for success of KPSF.
During the academic year 2006-07 to 2009-2010, entire education of Mr. Bhagwan Lohar was fully supported by KPSF. He cleared B.Pharm in 2010 with Distinction and stood first in the merit of college. Out of four years, three years he was university topper. Financial aid for the education of Mr. Bhagwan Lohar was made from KPSF resources in ad-hoc manner. Fortunately, all donations to KPSF are exempted from income-tax under section 80-G. hence my appeal to all alumni is to donate generously. Donations can directly be deposited in the KPSF’s Bank account by electronic means.
Bank of Maharashtra
Saidapur (Vidyanagar), Karad Branch
A/c # 20158504077
A/c holder’s Name: Chairman, Karad Pharmacy Students’ Federation
SWIFT Code: MAHBINBBPNJ
Annual maintenance cost for one student in Karad is around Rs. 25,000/- We can form a corpus and from the interest of the same, we can help un-affording students of GCOPK
Many of our alumni are outside India. Some have gone outside India only for higher education; while some have gone for jobs on behalf of their companies; some have opted to take foreign citizenship. There is a need that names of all of them should be compiled and a strong network should be established. To begin with few NRI alumni will be identified and they will be asked to promote their network. Subsequently they will be contacted and requested as to how they can help in helping academic and other activities of students at GCOPK.
One of our KPSF NRI, Dr. D. R. Vishwasrao has helped KPSF in a novel way. While leaving India, he requested one of his colleague Mr. S. R. Kalburgi, to contact the college and deliver all his major books to KPSF. Mr. Kalburgi visited GCOPK and did his job perfectly, through this novel activity, now a KPSF Library has been established in GCOPK. Other KPSF alumni can enrich this library further to make more and more books available to students of GCOPK.
While we are planning for KPSF 9th triennial get together and GCOPK Golden Jubilee celebration function to be held on 26-27 December 2014, we look forward to connect to all our near 4300 alumni and seek their presence for the function.
Dr. Satish Bhise.