Aimed at giving further fillip to the pharmaceutical industry in Gujarat, the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Education Research (NIPER) will set up a state-of-the-art campus near Gandhinagar at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore in the next two years.
“The Gujarat Government has allotted 80 acres of land to us near Chiloda village. The construction work at the campus will be completed by 2017,” Dr Kiran Kalia, Director of NIPER-Gujarat, said here on Wednesday.
At present, NIPER-Gujarat conducts seven courses in rented premises in Ahmedabad.
NIPER was established in 2007 with three specialized courses in biotechnology, natural products and pharmaceutics. Subsequently, four more courses were included.
She said NIPER will increase the number of students from current 70 to 550 once the institution is shifted to the new campus. It also plans to add new courses up to PhD level. “We are also working to kick-start the National Centre for Medical Devices at NIPER, for the first time in India.”
NIPER is hosting its third convocation on October 19 in which Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director-General, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) will be the chief guest.
In order to cater to the growing demand of skilled manpower in pharmaceutical and allied industries, the Government of India had sanctioned six NIPER campuses in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Gujarat.