About Dr. Sunita Goswami
Primary education – Vadodara (till grade 6); Rest of education – Ahmedabad
Undergraduate – B. Pharm, L. M. College of Pharmacy (1980-84)
Postgraduate – 1. M. Pharm., Department of Pharmacology, L. M. College of Pharmacy (1985-86).
2. Ph. D., L. M. College of Pharmacy.
Industrial experience – Pharmacology, Toxicology and Bioavailability testing at Cadila Laboratories for 13 months under T. P. Gandhi (Aug 1986-87)
I: Why teach?
S: I had two reasons for teaching. One being that it was more conventionally acceptable to be a teacher. Second reason, which runs a lot more personal than that, is that I truly enjoy teaching and helping students out.
The very fact that I’m a teacher can be attributed to the fact that while I was working at Cadila, and advertisement for recruitment at LMCP was published in newspaper in October 1987. Back then, Dr. D. D. Santani, who was in Department of Pharmacology, asked me to apply for the position. I was wondering whether a petite woman like me would be able to pad on such a responsibility, but his faith in me motivated me. And look, eventually I’m here.
S: In fact, I also obtained my Ph. D. under the guidance of D. D. Santani while I was a lecturer here. I remember working on my thesis in the vacations and after my working hours. I submitted my thesis in 1992 and received my Ph. D. in 1994.
I: What did your professional life look like?
S: I basically started working at Cadila. 13 months might sound like a short period of time, but the amount of exposure I got there was incredible. Also, industrial work forces you to be more disciplined.
I joined LMCP in Nov. 1987. And today, I am Associate Professor in my Alma Mater.
I: Your lectures are one of the best. How do you prepare for them?
S: I spend at least 2 hours a day preparing for my lectures, even if it is a repeat topic. I like to keep myself updated so you will also find me scouring Reference books and all available digital resources for the required information.
I: What about your research work?
S: I have 84 published articles. About fifty of these are in International journals and the rest are in National journals. About 10-12 of these are review articles.
I: Tell us something about your achievements.
S: I was a visiting professor at Butler University, IndianaPolis, USA in faculty exchange programme at the recommendation of Dr. Shishoo (our then Principal), for 4 months (Aug. 1996 – Dec. 96). I am highly thankful to Dr. Shishoo for giving me this life time opportunity for learning and teaching. I got excellent exposure of Community Pharmacy in Methodist hospital, Indianapolis.
I have more than 40 M. Pharm. students to my credit, and 7 Ph. D students. Out of 7, 6 are from Gujarat University and one from GTU and 5 students are currently pursuing from GTU for their Ph.D work. I have also attended several national and one international conferences and delivered some guest lectures at state level conferences.
I have been awarded about 12-13 awards, including prestigious Achari Prize award.
I: What are some of your most special moments at LMCP?
S: (laughs) I met my life partner at LMCP. I think that’s very special. The most important moment was when I was selected for faculty exchange programme by my ex- principal Dr. C.J. Shishoo.
I: What were your challenges and how did you overcome them?
S: I guess that being in a grant-in-aid institute was challenging at first but I was able to manage work with the help of teachers and friends.
Being sincere and dedicated is obviously a pre-requisite.
Also, keep your goal fixed. Always you’ll find your way around the obstacles.
I: What are your strengths?
S: I am very assertive and punctual, active, and dedicated to everything I do.
I: What do you think are your weaknesses?
S: I get immensely involved in everything – whether it is my work or my personal life. You can also call me sensitive. This often creates a lot of stress for me.
I: Do you have any message for our students?
S: Sure. I want each and every student to know two things – first, be a good pharmacist and second, be a good citizen. I believe today’s pharmacy students are the torchbearers for this field tomorrow. The image of a pharmacist has now been limited to drug store and patient services. However, a pharmacist is beyond just those two things and should be thorough enough to be considered as an indispensable part of the healthcare system. They shouldn’t limit themselves to their textbooks. I believe they should explore and keep themselves updated.
Above all, students must utilise their total time and energy 24/7 for optimum results and also the betterment of their career ahead.
Being a good citizen, of course, is very important. I want our students to take the country forward.
Edited by – Dr. Radhika Pandya & Tvisha Shah
Photography credit – Yash Mehta