Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) is
an organization established in 1999 by the pharmacy students of
Kathmandu University (KU) for the welfare of pharmacy education
and the profession as a whole with an objective to work for professional
and academic activity in and out of KU. This organization is independent
to organize its activities within the limit of its objective under
the umbrella of KU.
The following are the objectives of Forum for
- Carry out different activities to improve knowledge skill
and attitude of the students in professional and academic matters.
- Organize different activities to the communities for the social
benefits. The different activities includes the following:
- Publication of pharmaceutical related newsletter, bulletins,
posters etc comprising student and faculty activities including
drug information which is beneficial to the medical and non-medical
- Organization of social work beneficial to the society in relation
to the pharmacy. This may include training and other education
- Organization of talk programs.
- Find out resources to carry out research and development work.
- Development of relationship between pharmaceutical industries
and the pharmaceutical activities.
- Organization of interaction program among students.
- Encouragement of members in the research and development works.
Prakshit Niraula (Batch of 2010; BPharm)
Melissa Makaju (Batch of 2012; BPharm)
Public Relation Executive
Priyasha Maharjan (Batch of 2010; BPharm)
Kshitiz Chandra Baral (Batch 2011; MPharm)
Prapanna Bhattarai (Batch of 2009; BPharm)
Pradip Thapa (Batch of 2010; BPharm)
Suzeeta Bhandari (Batch of 2011; BPharm)
13th Annual General Meeting of Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) was held on 24 December 2014. The program was chaired by Dr. Rajani Shakya, Acting Head, Department of Pharmacy. Mr. Ripesh Bhujel, public relation officer welcomed the FoP members attaining the meeting. Ms. Neelam Dhakal, treasurer presented the financial report and Ms. Saru K.C, office secretary presented the various activities conducted by FoP in the year 2013-2014. Mr. Shailendra Shakya, Lecturer and Staff co-ordinator for FoP introduced newly nominated executive committee of FoP for the year 2014-2015. Mr. Kailash Shrestha , the new president of the committee gave his speech. Mr. Avisek Ghimire, vice president gave the vote of thanks. Mr. Badri K.C, Lecturer was appointed the new Staff Co-ordinator of FoP. The program was followed by welcome party for the new first year students.
On the occasion of World AIDS Day (2014), Forum for Pharmacy (FoP), KU, organized ribbon distribution program and fund collection program for the AIDS victims on 01 December 2014. The students of B.Pharm 3rd year gathered at the gate as planned a day before to raise the fund for the health camp. The program started from around 8 am that day. In the occasion, condoms and ribbons along with pamphlets related to HIV AIDS. This year, FoP has initiated the activity on social welfare to AIDS victims. The collected fund was utilized to donate winter wears like gloves, socks, hankerchief and woolen cap to the 27 AIDS victimized children at Punarbal Aashram, Sitapaila.
The various sport events like football, basketball, badminton and volleyball etc were conducted on the occasion of “Sudarshan Memorial BP cup 2014”. The students from 2nd year (Batch 2012) took the major responsibilities for the event. This event is organized every year under Forum for Pharmacy on the remembrance of former staff late Mr. Sudarshan Shrestha. This sport event facilitates pharmacy students to get involved in various sports activities. Prize distribution of this event was done on 16 Jun 2014.
Kathmandu University, Department of Pharmacy Graduate’s Reunion was organized at CV Raman Auditorium, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, on June 14, 2014 under initiation of Forum for Pharmacy (FoP). The program was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Exam controller and Dean, School of Science.Following his address to the graduates there were speeches of Dr. Rajani Shakya, Acting Head, Department of Pharmacy and Mr. Sailendra Shakya, Lecturer of Department of Pharmacy & staff coordinator of FoP. There was experience sharing from the graduates; Mr. Jaya Bir Karmacharya, Managing Director, Omnica Laboratories, Mr. Robash Kusum Subedi, Factory manager, Vega Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Hiraman Shankhadev, Senior Pharmacist, Dhulikhel Hospital etc. The program was followed by discussion session, cultural program and closing dinner.
“Pharmaquest- 2014 edition”, the official newsletter was published and inagurated on 14 June 2014 at C.V. Raman Auditorium Hall, Kathmandu University. The newsletter was jointly inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Exam controller, KU and Dean, School of Science, Dr. Rajani Shakya, Acting HOD, Department of Pharmacy and Mr. Jaya Bir Karmacharya, Factory manager, Omnica Laboratories on the occasion of “Kathmandu University Pharmacy Alumni Reunion”. The current edition of “Pharmaquest” newsletter was published by the team of seven members with Mr. Prakshit Niraula (BPharm, batch 2010) as editor in chief. This edition has been developed in magazine form and included various articles, interviews and experiences related to pharmaceutical science and healthcare system.
Blood Donation program was organized by Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) on the 06 June 2014. BPharm 1st year students under FoP took the responsibility of the program. The program was held at the backside of KU Library under the collaboration of the Banepa Red Cross Society. Main purpose of program was to help the Red Cross gather blood and thereby aid in the supply of increasing blood demands at the hospitals. A total of 230 donorsdonated their blood. Most of the donors were the Undergraduate students from different faculties studying in Kathmandu University. Few faculty members and some local people also contributed to the program.
A day free health camp was organized at Shree Krishna Gopal High School, Dhunkharka-2, Mahankalsthan, Kavre on 10 May 2014 (27 Baisakh 2071). With the lead role of BPharm students (3rd year), Forum for Pharmacy (FoP), Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University organised the program in collaboration with Dhulikhel Hospital, Lion’s club of Kathmandu, Kanchanjangha, Shree Manakamana Bittiya Sahakari Sanstha Ltd, Banepa and Shree Krishna Gopal High School. Ten doctors (1 general physician, 1 ortho specialist, 2 ENT specialist, 4 Dentist, and 2 gynaecologists) from Dhulikhel Hospital were involved in the health camp. The eye specialists from Lion’s club conducted eye check-up. 13 patients were detected with cataract and free cataract surgery was arranged for them at Lion’s eye care center, Kathmandu . Medicines were collected from 8 different pharmaceutical companies and donars viz. Asian Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., National Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Nepal Pharmaceutical Laboratory Pvt. Ltd., Deurali Janta Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Omnica Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Simca Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Dhulikhel Health Office, Kavre and a medicine distributor from Kathmandu. Altogether 405 people were benefitted from the health camp.
Workshop on Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
Forum for Pharmacy(FoP) organized a one day workshop on “Good Laboratory Practice(GLP)” on December 20, 2013 in CV Raman Mini Auditorium, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel. The resource persons were Ms. Shova Basnet, Managing Director, Zest Laboratories and Manager Factory Operations and Q.A. Chief, S. R. Drug Laboratories and Ms. Shiwani Khadgi, Senior officer, National medicine Laboratories. The workshop started with the inaguration speech by Dr. Rajani Shakya, HOD, Department of Pharmacy and Mr. Shailendra Shakya, Lecturer, staff co-ordinator – FoP, presented the overview on GLP. About 55 participants, including Bpharm and Mpharm students, passed out students and teachers from department of pharmacy and other departments actively participated in the workshop.
World AIDS Day 2013
On the occasion of WORLD AIDS DAY (2013), Forum for Pharmacy (FoP), KU, organized ribbon distribution program and fund collection program for the AIDS victims on 01 December 2013. The posters on awareness of HIV/AIDS were displayed at KU gate as well as gate at Department of Pharmacy. Beside these, awareness talk program was also organized to discuss about present scenario of HIV/AIDS in Nepal and in global scenario. Mr. Badri K.C., Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy delivered the presentation during the program.
As a attempt to aware people about diabetes and to help to maintain quality life of diabetic patient, under the lead role of students of BPharm (Batch 2011), Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) organized one day Free Diabetes Camp at Shree Chandeshwori Higher Secondary School, Nala, Kavre district on 28th September 2013. The screening of blood glucose level of the patients along with free medical despensing and counselling services regarding diabetes was conducted during the camp. The doctors and lab technicians from Dhulikhel hospital provided the services to the patient. The medicines and the required daibetes kits were provided by Deurali Janata Pvt Ltd. and Nepal Pharmaceutical Laboratories Pvt Ltd. A total of 192 patients had their blood glucose level tested during the camp.
Forum for Pharmacy(FoP) organised a talk program on "Scope and Challenges of Hospital Pharmacy in Nepal" at Department of Pharmacy on 5 July, 2013. The guest speaker on the program was Mr. Chain Kumar Bajracharya, senior Pharmacist, Kathmandu Model Hospital. The program helped the students to know about the present scenario of hospital pharmacy practice in Nepal and the possibilities in its improvement.
One day Blood Donation Program was organized on the 22nd April 2013 at the social hall of Kathmandu University to help Nepal Red Cross Society to fulfill the demand of blood. The event was organized by Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) under the collaboration with Nepal Red Cross Society, Central Blood Transfusion Service, Kathmandu. The 1st year pharmacy students took the major responsibilities to organize the program and 10 medical staffs from Nepal Red Cross Society and other pharmacy students volunteered in the program. The program was held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and a total of 111 students, staffs and locals donated their blood in the program. Out of 111 donors, 89 were male and 22 were female. Despite the poor weather conditions and difficulty in accessing the blood donation site, large number of people participated in the program.
Health camp and Awareness programme
A one day free health camp was organized at Shree Bramayani Secondary School, Gairibisauna, Deupur-4 of Kavre district on May 4, 2013 (Baisakh 21, 2070). The main objective of the program was free health check up, free dispensing of medicines and counseling to the patients. The program was organised by Forum for Pharmacy (Fop), Kathmandu University in collaboration with Dhulikhel Hospital, District Health Office and Shree Bramayani Secondary School. Third year pharmacy students took the major responsibility to organize the health camp and many other pharmacy students volunteered the program. Nine doctors (1 general physician, 1 ortho specialist, 1 ENT specialist, 3 Dentist, and 2 gynaecologists) from Dhulikhel Hospital were involved in the health camp. Medicines were collected from 17 different pharmaceutical companies and District Health Office, Kavre. Altogether 413 people were benefitted from the health camp.
Realizing the role of pharmacist toward public health and community, 3rd year pharmacy students under Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) also conducted a public awareness program on that day in providing awareness on oral hygiene, cleanliness, several diseases, menstruation, sexual and reproductive health and climate change. Pamphlets on the related topics were distributed during the program. Animations and cartoons, oral and slide presentation were also presented. Around 200 people participated in the program. The participants were mainly secondary level students of Shree Bramayani Secondary School and the local people.
On Saturday, July 21, 2012,
FoP organized a Free One day Health Camp in Shree Dedi Thumka
Higher Secondary School, Kuntabesi, Kavre. Under FoP, 3rd
year pharmacy students took the responsibility of the program.
The camp was organized by FoP,
under collaboration with Dhulikhel Hospital and Rotaract club
of Budol. The main purpose of the program
was free health check up along with free medicines distribution
and counseling services. Dhulikhel Hospital, provided the
medical manpower for the camp. Five doctors of different specialty
(Eye, 1-ENT, 1-Gynae/Obs, 2-General
Medicine) participated in the camp. Medicines
required for the camp was collected from ten different pharmaceutical
companies and District Health Office, Dhulikhel. Partial financial
support was obtained from Rotaract Club and program organizing
committee of Shree Dedi Thumka School. A total of 142
people had their health checked, ailments
diagnosed, free medicine dispensed in the camp.
- Blood Donation Program
As per the program schedule of Forum for
Pharmacy (FoP), Blood Donation Program was organized on the
5th of June, 2012.
Under the co-ordination of Vice-President of FoP, BPharm 1st
year students took the responsibility of the program. The event
was organized under the collaboration of Nepal
Red Cross Society, Central Blood Transfusion Service, Kathmandu
at the dining hall of C.V. Raman Auditorium in Kathmandu University.
The program was held between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and a total
of 186 blood donors
participated in the program. Most of the donors were undergraduate
students from Kathmandu University. Few faculty members and
staffs also donated in their blood. Out of 186 donors [Male:
158; Female: 28]. Among 158, majority, i.e. 102 were repeat
donors. They had contributed to the program last year also.
Compared to last year, number of donors this year, increased
by 25 percent.
Donation program was
organized by Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) on
the 6th of June, 2011. BPharm 1st year students
under FoP took the responsibility of the program. The program
was held at the basement in the C.V Raman Auditorium
under the collaboration of the Banepa Red Cross Society.
Main purpose of program was to help the Red Cross gather blood
and thereby aid in the supply of increasing blood demands
at the hospitals. A total of 151 donors donated
their blood. Most of the donors were the Undergraduate students
from different faculties studying in Kathmandu University.
Few faculty members and some local people also contributed
to the program. This year’s collection by far has the
highest number of donors.
As the annual programme of
Forum for Pharmacy (FoP),
Free Health Camp
was organized this year in Saping
village of Kavre district on 11th
of June, 2011(Jestha 28, 2068). The theme
for this year’s Health Camp was free health check up
and frees dispensing of the drugs. Keeping that on mind the
3rd year Pharmacy students, under the Forum for Pharmacy (Fop),
Kathmandu University in collaboration with Dhulikhel hospital
and Samajik Jagaran Manch organized a one day free health
check up along with free medicine dispensing and counseling
with the Dhulikhel hospital doctors in the respective place.
Medicines for the camp were collected from nine
different pharmaceutical companies, and District Health Office,
doctors of different specialty (1- Eye, 1- ENT, 1- Gynae/
Obs, 3- General Medicine) participated from Dhulikhel Hospital
- Kathmandu University Teaching Hospital .
A total of 220 people
had their health checked, ailments diagnosed, freee medicines
dispensed along with proper counseling. FoP has been performing
such health related awareness programs in the past and is
dedicated to organize such program in future too.
- General health check up camp held at the”
Youth Solidarity Festival, 2010”
Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) has been performing several health
related programs. For the continuity of regular trend FoP organized
a regular health checkup camp at the Youth Solidarity Festival
2010 [dated: September 24 to 26,2010], for a total of 3 days.
The camp was organized with the following objectives:
- To disseminate information concerning the activities of
FoP to the people by counseling
- To study the blood pressure of different people of different
age and gender.
- To study the relation between the weight and blood pressure.
- Fund collection for upcoming programs
A total of 248 people (Males= 184 & Females= 64) from several
place visited it the camp and had a checkup. The checkup
mainly focused on the measurement of Blood Pressure, Height,
Weight but also the state of smoking/non-smoking, alcoholic/non-alcoholic,
diabetic/non-diabetic were also noted. In addition to the fulfillment
of objectives like fund generation and information dissemination,
the following were noted:
- Majority of the people had Blood Pressure within the Normal
- Increase in Blood Pressure was seen in older people and
in people having increased weight.
Along with the students of Batch 2009, FoP organized a free
diabetes checkup camp at the Dhulikhel Hospital (Kathmandu University
Teaching Hospital) Dhulikhel Kavre in November 25, 2010. This
camp focused on the checkup of the diabetic patients and had
the provision of free medicines too. People
from different places visited the camp and had their checkup
by Dr. Baburam Pokharel. Quest Pharmaceuticals and NPL helped
FoP with the supply of medications. It was a one day program
and was conducted from 9am to 4 pm.
Total number of people who benefited from the camp were 68 (Males:
53 & Females: 15). 11 people were found to be
diabetic. The people diagnosed with diabetes were provided with
The students of B.Pharm 3rd year gathered at the gate as planned
a day before to raise the fund for the health camp. The day
was December 1, 2010, AIDS DAY. The purpose of the gathering
was to collect fund for the health camp to be organized by the
3rd year students. The fund collection was started from staff
quarter where we got to see many teachers and collected fund
from them. The program started from around 8 am that day. Some
groups even collected fund from DMI staff quarter. At around
8.45 am all the students approached the main entrance gate and
started collecting fund from teachers who come from bus and
students who come through the entrance gate. In the occasion
we distributed condoms and ribbons to all the students. We finished
this program at 10.30 am.
- The 9th AGM of FOP, 9th Annual General Meeting of
Forum for Pharmacy(FoP), chaired by Prof. Dr. Panna
Thapa, Dean ,School of Science and Head of Department ,Department
of Pharmacy was held on 7th November 2008.Ms. Sony Chandi Shrestha,
President of the Executive Board 2007-2008 presented activities
conducted by FoP during the year 2007-2008. Assistant Prof.
Ms. Nilima Shrestha declared the new executive team as well
as the new Pharma Quest team for the year 2008-2009.Mr. Rajeev
Shrestha,the treasurer presented the financial report .While
Samon Shrestha , the new vice president of the committee presented
the brief summary about current student exchange program. Finally
Pashupati Suwal ,the newly appointed president of the committee
gave the speech of vote of thanks. Mr.Himal Pd.Chhetri was appointed
the new Staff Coordinator.
- As per the programe schedule of FOP, the Blood Donation
Program was successfully held on 10th of November,
2008. The event was organized under the joint supervision
of Forum for Pharmacy-2nd year and Kathmandu University Youth
Red Cross Circle.. The program was started from 11:00am to 4:00
p.m in C.V. Raman Auditorium(Dining Hall) and we,the organizer
are very much delighted to have 143 blood donors.
All the students of 2nd year actively participated and sincerely
volunteered for the grand success of this Program and achieved
75% of more blood donors than last year’s Program.
- On the occasion of WORLD AIDS DAY (2008) ,
Forum for Pharmacy (FoP), KU, organized a documentary
show, regarding AIDS. FoP also organized ribbon
distribution program and fund collection program for the AIDS
victims. The program was organized as per the annual health
calendar of International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation.
FoP also performed awareness poster program and condom
distribution program in association with Kathmandu
Universtity Youth Red Cross Circle (KUYRCC) and Kathmandu University
Human Biology Club (KUHBC). All the programs were performed
in Kathmandu University premises. Besides these, FoP supported
a marathon race organized by Nepal Red Cross Society, Kavre,
Banepa with assistance of KUYRCC.
- On Friday, November 14, 2008, Forum for Pharmacy (FoP) organized
a Free Diabetic Camp as per the annual health
calendar of International Pharmaceutical Students’
Federation (IPSF). The program was organized on the
occasion of World Diabetes Day. The diabetic camp included free
check-up of blood sugar level, medical counseling and dispensing
medicines. The program was performed by 3rd year Pharmacy students
under the supervision of FoP. The program was organized at Banepa
Hospital and Education Foundation Pvt. Ltd., with the support
of Banepa Hospital and Education Foundation Pvt. Ltd., S.R Drug
Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. and Kathmandu University Youth Red Cross
Circle. A total of 125 people had their blood
sugar checked and the people diagnosed with diabetes were given
free medicines for 15 days.
Prof S R Sharma
Prof B M Tuladhar
Prof P R Adhikari
Prof Panna Thapa
Dr Uttam Budhathoki
Public Relation Officer
- Student Exchange Officer