The Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS)-Pilani is an all-India Institute for higher education. The primary aim of BITS is to "train young men and women able and eager to create and put into action such ideas, methods, techniques, and information". The Institute is a dream come true of its founder, the late Mr G.D. Birla, an eminent industrialist, a participant in the Indian freedom struggle, and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. What started in the early 1900s as a small school has blossomed into a set of colleges for higher education, ranging from the humanities to engineering. In 1964, all of these colleges amalgamated to form a unique Indian university of international standing, christened the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, known to many as BITS, Pilani. Over the years, BITS has provided the highest quality technical education to students from all over India, admitted based on merit. Its graduates can be found worldwide in all areas of engineering, science, and commerce. BITS symbolizes the maturing of Indian technical ability and "can-do" entrepreneurial spirit, especially as derived from the private sector. BITS is located in the Vidya Vihar campus, adjacent to the town of Pilani in Rajasthan.
The Department of Pharmacy at BITS Pilani is a renowned institution in the field of pharmacy education and research. Founded in 1950 by the late Prof. M.L. Schroff, a pioneer in pharmacy education in India, the department has since established itself as one of the leading pharmacy schools in the country. In 2023, the department secured the 3rd rank in the prestigious NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) in the Pharmacy category. Moreover, our department has been placed within the impressive 100-150 band in the QS world ranking for Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Its broad-based education system and strong university-industry linkages have been instrumental in its success. The department completed 70 years of its existence in 2021 as a premier institution in the field of pharmacy education and research in India and abroad, a testament to its continued excellence. The alumni of the department are well-placed in India as well as abroad, in various pharmaceutical companies and government organizations, including drug control, research laboratories, and several premier academic institutions. Three faculty members of the department recently started start-ups, demonstrating the department's commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship among its faculty members and students.
This symposium will provide a distinguished platform for critical discussions on state-of-the-art drug and gene delivery systems and their applications in human health. It will bring together leading researchers, experts, and innovators in the dynamic field of drug delivery science and technology. The symposium would go beyond just discussions; it is a collective effort to encourage collaboration, facilitate cutting-edge research exchange, and cultivate insightful discussions on the latest drug delivery developments. With a focus on current and emerging research, the symposium conducts a comprehensive discussion on the design and development of advanced drug and gene delivery systems, highlighting their use in experimental and clinical therapeutics.