Special Correspondent

The courses will begin this year on the IICT campus

  • 100 acres of land on IDPL premises transferred to NIPER
  • The institute will become full-fledged in three to four years

    HYDERABAD: National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) will be set up in Hyderabad. The courses will begin this year itself on the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) campus.

    Disclosing this here on Saturday, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers G. S. Sandhu said that three more NIPERs would be set up at Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Hajipur (Bihar) this year.

    A stretch of 100 acres of land available on the IDPL premises was transferred to NIPER for building infrastructure.

    Initially, three courses -- medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical analysis, and pharmacology and toxicology, would be introduced this year. In all, there would be 10 courses in the institute, which would commence when Rs. 180-crore project becomes full-fledged in about three to four years.

    While the first batch would have 40 students each in all the four NIPERS coming up in the country, every institute would have a student strength of 250 by the time they became fully operational. The institute would offer M. Pharm, M. Sc, MBA (Pharma) and M. Tech courses and 30 to 40 students would be inducted in each institute for Ph.Ds.

    Students would be given admissions on the basis of an entrance test which might become common for all NIPERs in future, he said.

    While all the institutes, including the one existing in Mohali, would be standalone in nature for now, industry representatives would also be inducted into Board of Governors. The industry could make use of the incubators and equipment in the institute by investing and also help design courses as per their requirements.