Dr. Patangrao Kadam, the founder of Bharati Vidyapeeth, established Poona College of Pharmacy in 1981 after realizing the need to train students in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Before the establishment of the Poona College of Pharmacy, there were no Pharmacy colleges in this region, and thus the institute is a pioneer in this field. Earlier affiliated to the University of Pune, the college is now a constituent unit of Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University).

Under the dynamic guidance of Dr. Shivajirao Kadam, the first Principal for 25 years, the college has developed academic excellence and become one of the best Pharmacy colleges in the country. Poona College of Pharmacy is a grant-in-aid institute that offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi has approved all of the degrees offered by the college.

A testimony to the high academic excellence of the Poona College of Pharmacy is the approval by the All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi and the recognition by the University Grants Commission under Sections 2(f) and 12(B).

Earlier, there was no separate faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the University of Pune. However, due to the growing importance of Pharmacy education, Dr. Shivajirao Kadam, Vice-Chancellor of Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) and former Principal took great initiative and interest in creating a separate faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Following in the footsteps of the college, a separate faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has also been created for the Bharati Vidyapeeth University.

Poona College of Pharmacy celebrated its Silver Jubilee year in 2006-07. Since its establishment, some of the achievements of the college have been given below.

  • Poona College of Pharmacy is the only college in the country to have been accredited by both NBA and NAAC and has achieved the coveted “A” Grade.
  • The college is an ISO-9001-2008 certified institute.
  • University Grants Commission has inducted the college in the Departmental Research Scheme (DRS) of the Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of UGC due to the expert faculty, research achievements, high level of academic excellence and rich infrastructure.
  • AICTE has granted the college the status of Quality Improvement Cell (Q.I.P.) for teaching fraternity to register for the M.Pharm. And Ph.D. programmes.
  • The college has also received regular grants from major funding agencies such as AICTE, UGC, DST, DBT, DRDO, etc.