Visakhapatnam: Even after six years of announcement by the then Union minister for chemicals and fertilizers Ananta Kumar, the proposed National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in port city has not materialised. This is due to the lack of coordination between state and Central governments.
Though APIIC sources say they have sufficient land near Pharma City in Parawada, nothing has come to fruition to date. NIPER which functions under the administrative control of department of pharmaceuticals, ministry of chemicals and fertilizer, is a premier national-level institute recognised by the industry as a centre of excellence for advanced studies and research in pharmaceutical education.
As per the earlier announcement, the NIPER was to be established on 100 acres of land with an investment of 600 crore. The state government has to allot land for the institute. This was announced by Anant Kumar during the partnership summit in Vizag in January 2016.
Vizag MP MVV Satyanarayana wrote a letter to Union minister of chemicals and fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya, urging to set up the sanctioned NIPER in Vizag as early as possible. He said the industries related to steel, power, oil, textile, pharma, and IT have made Vizag a financial hub in state.
“This premier institution would boost skills and quality level among all sections of the pharma sector in addition to attracting further investment because of the presence of a strong ecosystem in training and research led by NIPER,” the MP said.
He promised the Union minister that he would coordinate with the state government for land allotment and any other local approvals needed. The state government has already proposed Vizag as the executive capital of AP and it would boost the industry too, he said.
Three NIPERs in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra were announced in 2016 during the budget. After the budget session, the minister said the department of pharmaceuticals would propose another three NIPERs in MP, AP, and Karnataka in the next financial year.
Vizag, the commercial capital of AP, and the proposed executive capital, has the presence of over 300 functioning pharma units, including major ones such as Reddy’s Aurobindo, Divis, Mylan, Hospira, Eisai, and others, besides an exclusive pharma city in which more than 200 units are functioning. The estimated turnover of all these pharma companies including the pharma units at Pydibhimavaram in Srikakulam district is around 40,000 crore. All these would make the port city the most suitable location for the NIPER.
Vizag Development Forum vice-president O Naresh Kumar said Vizag is the only major city in state, which was ranked ninth in India in GDP. The city has a major port, rail, air connectivity, and other facilities. He urged the state and Central governments to take the initiative to make NIPER a reality.