Mumbai, July 23 -- The Central body for regulating pharmacy education and practices across the country recently proposed a temporary ban on setting up of new colleges offering such courses, arguing that it would dilute the quality of education and the availability of qualified teachers.

The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), a statutory body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, wrote to all state governments on July 17, saying it passed a resolution three months ago to put a moratorium on opening new pharmacy colleges across the country, except for the north-eastern region, for a period of five years starting from the academic year 2020-21.

In its letter, PCI says that the available pharmacist workforce is sufficient for the nee...