From the Director’s Desk

Director, NIPER-Ahmedabad

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to NIPER-Ahmedabad. The institute is in the second decade of establishment that comes under the aegis of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India to promote quality education and research in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Management. The Institute has an outstanding track record of producing excellent leaders serving as pharmacists, researchers, and academicians. NIPER-Ahmedabad has been functioning independently through transient building of its own campus at Gandhinagar since 2016 and will be shifting to its main campus very soon. NIPER-A has a state of art research facilities including central instrumentation and other academic facilities, animal house and a canteen. Presently, NIPER-A offering Masters programme in eight streams viz. Biotechnology, Natural Products, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Management and PhD programme in all streams except Pharmaceutical Management. NIPER Ahmedabad has introduced industry relevant course curriculum and academic programme. The admissions to NIPERs are being made through the national level Joint Entrance Examination for post graduate and doctoral courses.

The pharmaceutical education has played a vital role in human resource development, catalyzing the growth of life sciences and healthcare industry. Enthusiastic and entrepreneurial efforts have turned Gujarat into the hub of Pharma manufacturing, Research and Development activities. The innovative and translational approach of the Indian scientists resulted in the paradigm shift from the industrial age to knowledge enriched economy. To cater the requirements, NIPER-Ahmedabad has established a state-of-the-art facility for quality research and education with a goal of providing analytical and drug development related support to Industries, MSMEs, and start-ups. The major research domains for NIPER-A include Drug Discovery which is focused on the new drug synthesis and/or identifying from natural products in the disease area through modern technologies. The new chemical entities are evaluated through in-vitro and animal testing. NIPER-A is also focusing on cell therapy as biological drugs. The Drug Development team is working on API synthesis and formulation strategies. The API development is helping for identifying new synthetic routs for existing drugs, which will help to decrease the dependency of Indian manufacturers from other countries. NIPER-A is also working on development of platform technologies for drug delivery and complex generics. Medical Device Development is focusing on product development of orthopaedic implants, ocular devices and diagnostic devices and their testing facilities.

The interdisciplinary courses and cultural diversity at NIPER Ahmedabad spark the spirit of innovative research and all-round development of its students. The location of the Institute ensures a symbiotic association with Pharmaceutical Industries, Medical centers, and technological universities. The institute has achieved ranking in top 10 pharmacy institutes of the country since last three years in the NIRF ranking of MHRD. In the recent release of ARIIA Ranking, NIPER-Ahmedabad was placed in Band A category of public funded Institutes. NIPER-Ahmedabad aspires to serve as a good launching platform to revamp the pharmaceutical education and research and to initiate the new era of translation of Pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences.

Prof. Shailendra Saraf,

Director, NIPER-Ahmedabad.
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