KLE College of Pharmacy was established in 1968 in the pleasant environs of JN Medical College, Belgaum, with the aim of providing quality education in pharmaceutical sciences. The courses started with, Diploma in Pharmacy (1968) followed by B. Pharm (1975), M. Pharm (1988), the Ph. D Programmes (2000), M. Sc. in Clinical Pharmacy (2013) and eventually Pharm. D (2014). The institution became a constituent unit of KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belagavi, [Deemed-to-University] in 2009.
Over the past 50 years of its existence, the college has transformed into a center of academic excellence, which is evident by unique milestones such as NBA and NAAC accreditation. The institution is ranked 37th among Pharmacy colleges all over India by NIRF (MHRD), in 2020, and was ranked 22nd consecutively in 2018 & 2019. All courses at the institute are recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and AICTE. The institute has a strong alumni association with over 2000 active members, who are placed globally at various positions in academics, Clinical, Industrial, Regulatory and Entrepreneurial services. The institute is also recognized as a Quality Improvement Program (QIP) Nodal Centre and recognized as Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CEP) center by the Pharmacy Council of India. It is only one of the two colleges in Karnataka to get students under the QIP program.
Research programs are in progress in the disciplines of Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, Pharmacy Practice, Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance, and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.
The college has hosted four international conferences and about 40 workshops, seminars, and symposia. In the process, the college is now recognized as a quality improvement program (QIP) center by AICTE. Workshops are conducted annually for pharmaceutical science teachers from the regions of Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and other states of India.
The high standards maintained and the relentless quest for excellence has taken the reputation of the college beyond Indian shores.
The MoU for faculty exchange programs has been signed with Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, US. The institute also has an MoU with Oman Medical College, Muscat for Student Exchange program. The College has put in sustained efforts in adopting the best- available technologies to enhance the quality of the education. The College is regularly receiving grants from different government funding agencies such as UGC, AICTE, ICMR, CSIR, VGST, etc.
The College of Pharmacy is run in a spacious well-equipped building of its own with a hostel, library, and sports facilities. It has spacious laboratories having state of the art instruments viz;, GC, HPLC, HPTLC, DSC, FTIR, Spectrophotometer, Spray Drier, Nano Particle Size Analyser, High-Speed Ultra Centrifuge, Data Acquisition Systems, Flash Chromatogram, PCR, Bio-fermenter, atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS), etc. Other supporting facilities like the animal house, museums, clinical research facilities, research, and bioavailability study center are also available.
The Pharmacy College has its own library with more than 90 pharmaceutical journals including e-journals and more than 8000 books related to pharmaceutical sciences. A fully equipped computer center with an internet facility is available.
A prestigious research project to survey plants in the Western Ghats has been entrusted to the institute by the National Institute for Traditional Medicine (NITM) - Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Belagavi. and the institute has also received other grants from different agencies like UGC, AICTE, ICMR, CSIR, DST, DBT & VGST. To further enhance the quality of programs and to cultivate research aptitude in the students, the college is setting up a State-of-the-Art 'Cell & Molecular Biology' lab and Bioinformatics division.