Finally,the government has fulfilled the demand of pharmaceutical industry to meet its long-standing demand of trained manpower by giving in principle approval for setting up of six National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad,Hajipur,Kolkata,Rae Bareliand Guwahati.Once all the seven NIPERs become functional about 1500 highly skilled trained manpower would be available for pharma industry annually.
These NIPERs would award masters and doctoral degrees in different streams of pharmaceutical sciences and would focus on R&D activities of pharmaceutical industry. NIPERs would be equipped with R&D infrastructure of international standards and having various specialisations suited to the needs of the Industry, said a cabinet release. The intake of students in various NIPERs would be about 200-250 each and the selection would be through common admission test.The students would be exposed to cutting-edge technology to meet the newer challenges of the industry. Four new NIPERs at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Hajipur started working with the help of Mentor Institutes at these places and classes were started from the academic session 2007-08. NIPER, Guwahati and NIPER Rae Bareli have been started through Mentor Institutes in 2008-09. The estimated cost on each NIPER would be approximately Rs.330 crores. In addition, about 100 acres of land are required for the project,which is to be provided by the concerned State Governments free of cost. Each of these NIPERs would take about 4-5 years time to be fully established.