Diploma in pharmacy (D.pharm) and B.pharm are two-year course and grants the qualification for registration as a pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
D.pharm does not provide any specialization and aims are providing the basic concepts of pharmaceutical sciences. A student can, however, get a lateral entry at the end of two years in the third year of B.pharm
D.pharm is beneficial if someone wants to open a business or work as a pharmacist in a short duration of two years. However, it limits the opportunities of research and broader aspects of pharmacy; that a B.pharm degree provides.
A critical comparison of the courses can be made, based on the need and financial background of the student. D.pharm may ensure an early earning opportunity while B.pharm is more focused and targeted at providing extensive knowledge and many different job opportunities.