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National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education And Research (Amendment) Bill , 2021

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  • December 10, 2021
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National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education And Research (Amendment) Bill , 2021

Part of: Prelims and GS-II -Education 

Context The Parliament has passed the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Key takeaways 

  • The Bill seeks to amend the original act of 1998 to declare six additional National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs) as Institutions of National Importance.
  • These institutes are located in Ahmedabad, Hajipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati and Raebareli.
  • The Bill also provides for a Council to coordinate the activities among the institutes to ensure development of pharmaceutical education and research.
  • The NIPERs are for strengthening and enhancing research in the Pharma sector, in the country.

What is the Meaning of the Institute of National Importance?

  • The Central Government grants the status of ‘Institute of National Importance’ to premier higher educational institutions in India through an act of the Parliament.
  • Such an institute “serves as a pivotal player in developing highly skilled personnel within the specified region of the country/state”.
  • Such institutes get special funding and recognition from the Government of India.
  • It is observed that generally, such INIs operate outside the University Grants Commission’s ambit and enjoy certain advantages related to taxes.
  • Ministry: Ministry of Education
  • Some of the benefits that INIs enjoy are listed below:
    • Functional autonomy
    • Increased funding.
    • Better quality of education.
    • Faster decision-making capabilities.
    • Minimal interference from the political executive.

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