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NIPER – An Institute of National Importance

The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, India was established by the Government of India to provide the long-standing demand for setting up a dedicated nodal for quality higher education and advanced research in the pharmaceutical sciences.  On the lines of similar initiatives in engineering/technology (the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science, National Institutes of Technology), medicine (AIIMS), and management (Indian Institutes of Management), the Govt regime created  a modest start in the field of pharmaceuticals sciences.

 

The Government of India has declared NIPER as an ‘Institute of National Importance‘ similar to IITs,IIMs,AIIMS,IISER etc. The Institute is conceived to provide leadership in pharmaceutical sciences and related areas not only within the country, but also to the countries in South East Asia, South Asia and Africa. NIPER is a member of Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities.One which serves as a pivotal player in developing highly skilled personnel within the specified region of the country/state. Only a chosen few institutes make it to this coveted list and are usually supported by the Government of India or even any other international institutes to develop centers of excellence in research, academics & education.

NIPER functions under the Union ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. The president of the Republic of India is the visitor of the institute. Its policy architecture is framed and reviewed by a board of governors which includes eminent academicians, members of the parliament and entrepreneurs. The institute is represented by a director, who is also the chief academic and executive officer.

 

The main objective of NIPER is to provide leadership in pharmceutical science with industry, national and international collaborations and promoting community and institutional pharmacy apart from establishing national centres in advanced research and emerging areas.

In terms of the amended National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) Act, 1998, the Government of India has set up six new NIPERs as at

  • NIPER Ahmedabad
  • NIPER Guwahati
  • NIPER Hajipur
  • NIPER Hyderabad
  • NIPER Kolkata
  • NIPER Rae Barelli
  • NIPER S.A.S. Nagar

New NIPERs will cater to the future demand of the pharmaceutical industry for highly trained man power for continuous growth of the pharmaceuticals sector with increased focus on R&D, particularly after the amendment of Indian Patent Act.  At present, new NIPERs are functioning with the assistance of the Mentor Institutes while construction of NIPER Campus is completed.

 

Courses Frame & System Flow

NIPER offers Masters and Doctoral programs in various fields of the pharmaceutical sciences.The admission to these institutes is through highly competitive examinations like the GPAT/GATE.Every year in June, NIPER conducts national level entrance examinations for admissions to its M.S.(Pharm)/M.Tech/M.Pharm., MBA and PhD programs. Candidates interested in MBA (Pharmaceutical Management) and the doctoral programs are further screened by personal interview. The candidates are required to have qualified the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) or now Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) in a suitable subject area, although exceptions are allowed for some programs.Now GATE has been replaced by GPAT and pharmacy graduate has to qualifiy the GPAT. The entrance examination is conducted at Chandigarh, New Delhi, Kolkata, Nagpur, Pune, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. Depending on the rank secured in the entrance examination and number of seats offered in a department, the applicants get to opt for their choice in a counseling session.NIPER also has reservation for SC,PH and Jammu kashmiri migrant candidates. Exam for doctoral program is subject and/or department specific. For doctoral studies, normally the PI has sufficient funding to support the student, but in its absence a fellowship via the National Eligibility Test conducted by the University Grants Commission or such student support schemes makes the applicant’s case strong.

System of Studies

The course duration of Masters programs is four semesters, while the doctoral programs typically take six to ten semesters depending on the subject area of research. A scholar has to take a minimum number of credits offered from various departments depending on the program and branch of study. The Research, its presentation, and defense carry their own credits reflected in the final Cumulative Graded Point Average (CGPA).

 

The following central facilities provide support to the research groups within the Institute as well as from outside:

1. Central Instrument Laboratory

2. Computer Centre

3. Library and Information Centre

4. Central Animal facility

5. National Toxicology Centre (GLP compliant)

6. Technology Development Centre

7. National Bio – availability Centre(WHO accredited)

8. Impurity Profiling & Stability Testing Laboratory

9. Pharmacological & Toxicological Screening Facilities (GLP compliant)

 

NIPER started conducting training programs at the newly established Small and  Medium Pharmaceuticals Industry Centre (SMPIC) for Small and Medium Pharmaceuticals industry on the aspects of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Instrumental analysis and manufacturing of APIs and Formulations. The centre will also provide a focal point to industry academia interaction.

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