Lok Sabha approves for Bill on pharma institutes, research

New Delhi: On Monday, the government submitted a bill that would grant special status to six more institutes of pharmaceutical education and research, as well as establish a council for them. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya introduced the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

The bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in March and referred to the Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers, aims to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998, which established the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali, Punjab, and designated it as a National Institution of National Importance.

Six more institutes of pharmaceutical education and research will be designated as Institutions of National Importance as a result of the amendment. Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Hajipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Raebareli are the locations of these institutes. It also proposes that each NIPER's board of governors, which is responsible for managing the institute's operations, be reduced from 23 to 12 members.

The Bill, which seeks to reduce the number of members from 23 to 12, has also resulted in the expulsion of three MPs from the governing council, according to Abdul Khalek of the Congress, who opened debate on the Bill. TMC's Saugata Roy requested that the government give these institutes with a permanent site.

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