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NIPERs should prepare a roadmap to work with industry to improve R&D, innovation, says Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

Our Bureau, New Delhi
Monday, October 4, 2021, 16:30 Hrs  [IST]

The National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) should come out with a roadmap for the next 25 years, to work with the industry to improve research and development and provide innovative solutions to the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), said Union minister for health and family welfare, and chemicals & fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya.

He was inaugurating the week-long iconic week celebration of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav for the ministry of chemicals & fertilizers virtually. As part of Iconic week celebration, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, SAS Nagar, Punjab is conducting a week long activities including lecture series, seminar and exhibitions.

Inaugurating the celebration, he said that NIPERs have played an important role in the development of pharma industries in India. However, their syllabus and research should be aligned towards the needs of the industries and they should provide innovative solutions to MSMEs.

The NIPERs should also collaborate with medical device parks being started in the country.

The Department of Pharmaceuticals and NIPERs should think of a roadmap for the next 25 years.

“Today we are dependent on imports for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). There are very few patents of medicines in India. This should change in the coming 25 years. We must strive to make India self reliant in this field,” he added.

By developing vaccines for Covid-19 in record time, India has shown that there is no dearth of brain and manpower in India. The government has allotted Rs 9000 crore for vaccine research under Prime Minister’s Gareeb Kalyan Package. India’s premier medical research organization, ICMR, partnered in the development of Covaxin. On the similar lines, other research and academic institutes should collaborate with industries, he added.

 

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