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What is the news?
Parliament has passed the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
About National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021
The Bill seeks to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.
Aim: To accord the status of ‘institute of national importance’ to six more institutes of pharmaceutical education and research, and also set up an advisory council for them.
|Note: An Institution of National Importance refers to an autonomous institute established under an Act, with the power to hold examinations, grant degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions or titles. These institutes of national importance also receive funding from the central government.|
What are the key features of the bill?
New institutions of national importance: The Bill declares six additional National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research as Institutions of National Importance. These institutes are located in: (i) Ahmedabad, (ii) Hajipur, (iii) Hyderabad, (iv) Kolkata, (v) Guwahati, and (vi) Raebareli.
Establishment of the Council: The Bill provides for a Council to coordinate the activities among the institutes under the Bill to ensure development of pharmaceutical education and research and maintenance of standards. The council will be chaired by the Minister having administrative control of pharmaceuticals.
Source: This post is based on the article “Parliament passes National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021” published in AIR on 10th Dec 2021.