The ministry of chemicals and fertilizers has decided to include the MSc course in its list of recognzied certificates, providing relief to thousands of pharmaceutical students who have completed or are pursuing MS from seven National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs) in the country.
Sources said this was decided during a meeting held in New Delhi on Friday between the Pharmaceutical Council of India (PCI) and the ministry.
It was stated that University Grants Commission should include degrees conferred by NIPER in its list of recognized certificates.
PCI had been reflecting & also considering the MS degree is invalid for teaching in colleges or universities. The wrangle between two ministries had students in a dilemma, with some students even moving court. NIPERs fall under ministry of chemicals and fertilizers while PCI is under ministry of health and family welfare. It was felt by decision-makers during the meeting that the ministries must not interfere in each other’s operation.
It was added that it must be left to NIPERs to seek recognition from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), an official at the institute said.