No. NAM – 04/142/2020

17th September 2020

Subject: International Training Program on "Generic Drugs" [In Virtual Mode]

Greetings from the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre)!!

A generic drug is a pharmaceutical substance that contains the same qualitative and quantitative composition as an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) which was originally covered in patent by its inventor and whose bioequivalence with the reference drug has already been demonstrated. The generic drug industry is majorly involved in development of manufacturing processes at reduced cost, thereby increasing the affordability of drugs to common people. The generic drug thus produced should have exact therapeutic efficacy, safety and performance like a branded drug. In other words, this industry helps in managing the health of people under poverty line, which is an important factor for a developing nation. Development of generic drugs industry can effectively reduce the country’s dependence on imports, saves foreign exchange, and importantly secures their medicines, especially in medical emergencies and pandemic situations like present COVID 19, thereby, increasing a country’s self reliance on pharmaceuticals, an important factor of National Health Security.

With the increase in spending on health care and rising costs of medicines, there is a need to encourage the use of generics. However, maximizing generic drug use is not possible without the public’s positive perception and meeting their informational needs about generic drugs. Thus, improving the public’s confidence and knowledge of generic drugs in the market is critical.

In order to impart basic knowledge in the area of generic drug industries for scientists, technologists and professionals; and to encourage acceptability of generic drugs for facilitating access to healthcare in NAM and other Developing Countries, the Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre), New Delhi, India jointly with the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), Hyderabad, India announces an International Training Program on “Generic Drugs” on 19th November 2020. The training program will be organized in Virtual Mode.

The training program intends to provide its attendees with basic knowledge about the Generic Drugs and their use as well as different aspects involved in the logistics and manufacturing of generic drugs. The program will cover some key aspects such as challenges involved in manufacturing of generic drugs, quality control, impurity profiling, regulatory aspects, bio-equivalence, formulations, etc. that may help guide policy, education and practice interventions to support the use of generic drugs.

The following may please be noted:

  1. The event will be hosted by the Department of Organic Synthesis and Process Chemistry, CSIR-IICT and will be organized in Virtual Mode.
  2. Last date for submission of applications to attend the Training Program is 16th October 2020.
  3. Scientists, researchers and other professionals from the Member Countries and S&T-Industry Members of the NAM S&T Centre desirous of participating in the Virtual Training Program should submit their filled-in application electronically directly to the NAM S&T Centre (E-Mail: as early as possible. Interested persons from other countries which are not the Members of the NAM S&T Centre may also submit their application for participation in the programme without payment of any Processing Fee.

  4. The following documents must be submitted as e-mail attachments:

    1. Filled in Application Form (Blank form enclosed)
    2. A short CV (maximum two pages; in MS-Word format) [Format Enclosed]
    3. Opinion (a short para; in MS-Word format) how you qualify to participate in the Program.
  5. Selection of applicants will be made based on their academic and professional background, and relevance of their current engagements in the field of pharmaceutics and healthcare sector.
  6. Other details are available in the attached Announcement.
  7. Information on the Member Countries and S&T-Industry Network Members of the NAM S&T Centre and names/addresses of the Focal Points in these countries/organisations may be seen on the Centre’s website
  8. English will be the official language of the Conference.

All correspondence may please be made by email. Kindly avoid sending us fax messages or hard copies to save paper and energy. All documents may be prepared in MS-Word Format or electronically scanned and sent as attachments to the email.

This is a general circular and you are requested to kindly forward this announcement to the concerned individuals as well as Ministries/Departments, S&T organisations, Universities and academic institutions and related agencies in your country.

We solicit your kind cooperation in getting the best suited applicants for this valuable Virtual Training Programme.

National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC)
6th Floor, Wing D, Sethsiripaya Stage II, Battaramulla
Tel: 011-2186711
Fax: 011-2186713

Amitava Bandopadhyay, Ph. D.
Director General, NAM S&T Centre
Dr. Amitava Bandopadhyay,
Director General,
Centre for Science & Technology of Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre),
Core 6A, 2nd Floor,
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road,
NEW DELHI - 110 003 (INDIA)
Ph. :( +91) (11) 24645134/24644974 (O)
Fax: (+91) (11) 24644973

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