History of SHAS
Pokhara University was established in the year 1997. The study of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Pokhara University began in the year 2001 under the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at its Nayabazar Pokhara Campus with the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (B Pharm) Program. The School was shifted to Shwet Bhavan campus at Simalchaur in the year 2003 and the name of the school was changed to the School of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences with the introduction of Medical Laboratory Technology study in the School.
M Pharm program in Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmaceutics started in the year 2005 in the School but for only a single batch until it resumed in the year 2011.
The School was finally shifted to its current location at Dhungepatn in the year 2007 and the name of the School was finally changed into the School of Health and Allied Sciences after the introduction of the Public Health and Nursing Courses. In the year 2011, the MPharm program in Natural Products Chemistry resumed and the new major in Clinical Pharmacy was also started. Recently the course on Physiotherapy is also started.
The pioneers of the Pharmaceutical education in Pokhara University were Prof Purusotam Basnet and Prof Natasha Skalko-Basnet. Prof Purusotam Basnet served as the program director (2001-2004) of the school and later as the dean (2004-2008) while Prof Natasha Skalko-Basnet served as the program director (2004-2008) of the school.