Pharmacy school opening on Tuesday in a sleepy corner of Delhi.
The opening of the school is expected to help bring in new talent.
This is a school for the aspiring pharmacy technician who want to learn and take the profession to the next level, said Dr Deepak Gupta, president of the pharmacy school.
The first class will begin classes on Wednesday.
The new school, called Pharmacy School, is expected be able to bring in around 300 students.
The school is part of the National College of Pharmacy, a prestigious programme of higher education, where aspiring pharmacists can earn a diploma.
The school is one of the most sought after programmes in India.
The Pharmacists Association of India has also launched the Pharmacy Technological Development Programme (PTDP), a competition for aspirants.
Dr Gupta said he wants to create a model where the students are encouraged to come to the pharmacy.
“Our aim is to open a pharmacy school that will attract students from the lower socio-economic groups.
There are only a few such programmes across India,” he said.
The state government has started an internal competition to find out whether the school can attract a better mix of students.
Pharmacy schools in Delhi have been under attack by students who feel the programme is not inclusive.
After the government introduced the PTDP, there were protests against the program.
Students say the government should not be encouraging more students to enter the profession and have it become a more competitive profession.
“There are too many students coming into the pharmacy programme.
The government should give them an opportunity to get their diploma and become professionals,” said a student who wished to be identified only as Manoj.
He said the government needs to do more to attract better talent into the profession.
For students, the prospect of earning a diploma from the pharmacy program is good.
But for Dr Gupta, the program needs to be better targeted.
Currently, the programme does not provide enough financial assistance to students.
Dr Gupta said this needs to change.