The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Thursday with a voice vote.
The bill also seeks to reduce the board members from 23 to 12 and to declare institutes of pharmaceutical education and research at Ahemdabad, Guwahati, Rae Bareilly, Hajipur, Hyderabad, and Kolkata as of national importance.
“There is a Mohali NIPER which was given national institute qualification. After this, six more NIPERs were set up. There was no clarification on whether they are of national importance. To clarify this and give them national importance category is one of our amendments,” said Mansukh Mandaviya, Union minister for health and family welfare.
(With inputs from Livemint)