The Union Cabinet on Friday approved setting up of six new National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs) to meet the shortage of skilled manpower in the pharmaceutical sector.

The new institutes will come up at Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Hajipur, Guwahati and Rae Bareli.

Rs.633 cr outlay

The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved the establishment of the new institutes at a cost of Rs.633.15 crore, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters here.

Focus on R&D

The decision would facilitate the establishment of full fledged NIPER campuses for imparting higher post-graduate level education as well as undertaking R&D projects, she said. It would also help in meeting the requirement of highly skilled manpower of the pharmaceutical industry and focus on R&D, Ms. Soni said.

The government had set up the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research at Mohali under the NIPER Act, 1998.