Pharmaceutical major Sanofi India has partnered with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Kolkata to promote “academic excellence and research to cater to the current and future needs of the pharmaceutical industry”, the company said in a filing to BSE.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NIPER-Kolkata, Sanofi India will participate in revision or formulation of curriculum for a post-graduate (MS or PhD) programme, provide opportunities of internship or project work to NIPER-Kolkata MS or PhD students at manufacturing sites, ensure association of R&D heads with the dissertation work, provide career growth opportunities and undertake collaborative research activities in identified areas, the company said.
The agreement was signed in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee.
“The era of academia-industry collaboration to address the mammoth task of capacity building to meet our healthcare challenges has well and truly begun. Only a well-equipped and trained workforce can face future challenges and cater to the vast healthcare needs of the nation,” said Dr Shailesh Ayyangar, Managing Director, Sanofi India.
As per the company, the key deliverables for Sanofi India will be to assist NIPER-Kolkata foster students with updated knowledge. The collaboration will focus in the areas of NIPER-Kolkata’s expertise.
NIPER-Kolkata is a public pharma research university, and a part of the seven schools, under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. The institute offers Masters and Doctoral degrees in pharmaceutical sciences.