The International experience: Naindeep's GMP studies at UTS
The UTS Master of Good Manufacturing Practice (MGMP) postgraduate program is the only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, attracting students from around the world. Naindeep from India has just completed the MGMP at UTS and is looking forward to pursuing a career in the manufacturing sector of the pharmaceutical industry.
I completed my Bachelor's of Pharmacy from Punjabi University Patiala, in northern India. I’ve had an interest in the Medical line since childhood. I saw my grandparents suffer through sickness, so I wanted to do something to make a change and to make sure people don’t get sick so frequently.
My Bachelor of Pharmacy was followed by some industry training back in India, and this training really ignited my interest in manufacturing industries (both production and quality areas).
I wanted to be a part of the professional teams making sure that all companies follow strict guidelines and manufacture drugs properly so that the medicines going into the market are up to standard and people are getting what they require and need.
I found the MGMP at UTS online, applied and made the move to Sydney. I’ve found that the course has been very relevant to what’s going on in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry these days.
Through UTS I got exposure to industrial training in Australia as well. I was placed in Steritech – a contract sterilisation company, which sterilises medical devices, equipment, food and manufacturing devices using various techniques.
My role at Steritech was to help with updating documents required for sterilisation procedures, which was a really useful experience. The tasks included identifying the GAPS in their Quality Management System documents, suggesting changes and recommendations so the foreign and local clients associated with the company can be updated.
My second placement was at Pharmaxis, where I was asked to prepare validation reports for the failed validation protocols. My role was to go through all the documents and make sure all the issues were identified and addressed accurately. Through this, I got to know about their manufacturing processes and the steps necessary to be taken to meet the required rules and regulations. I worked in their clean room area and saw how they maintained and operated the space.
These industry placements have been a real highlight of the program.
In the coming year, I’d like to work in the Australian pharmaceutical industry. I don’t mind if it’s a small or large-scale operation. I’m planning on developing my skills here and using that experience to advance my career.
I’ve had a strong interest in the Medical Line since childhood. I saw my grandparents suffer through sickness, so I wanted to do something to make a change.
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Written by Naindeep Singh Bhatia, International MGMP student from India