Adding yet another institution to the health infrastructure of Assam, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilisers and Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the new campus of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati in the presence of Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma in Changsari of Kamrup (Rural) district recently.
The new campus spreads over 27,688 sq. mt and and built at an estimated ₹157 cr. Along with the dedication of NIPER Guwahati, foundation stone was virtually laid for NIPER Hyderabad and Raebareli and for several healthcare Infrastructure projects in Assam. The Minister said that projects worth several crore will begin under the Pradhan Mantri – Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) and ₹150 cr has been approved for upgrade of Assam Medical College under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
Among the health care infrastructure projects like the inauguration of 100-bed MCH wing at Kokrajhar Medical College and Sivasagar Civil Hospital respectively; Block Primary Health Units at Ghograpar (Nalbari), Khoirabari (Udalguri); Gossaigaon (Kokrajhar); Laharighat (Morigaon); Barapujia (Nagaon); Nakachari (Jorhat); Mushalpur (Baksa); Ballamguri (Chirang) were done at the same programme.
Moreover, foundations for 16 health infrastructure projects under Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission were also laid on the occasion.
Dr Mandaviya, in his speech, said that NIPERs are on the path of making a self-reliant India, based on the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the pharmaceutical and MedTech sector by becoming a bridge connecting knowledge, education, research, and business based on the vision. “NIPER has become a known name in the field of technical and higher education across the nation with about 8,000 students having graduated from these institutions. NIPER also has more than 380 patents registered in its name.”
The Union Health Minister said that NIPER stands as a testament to the Government’s unwavering dedication to a progressive North East and a unified nation.
He also applauded Assam for preparing a grid of cancer treatment centres with the help of Tata Memorial Institute and 14 other cancer institutes of India.
Bhagwanth Khuba, Minister of State, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers & New and Renewable Energy, highlighted that these new initiatives were in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.
Speaking on the occasion, the Assam Chief Minister said these health infrastructure projects in Assam and other North Eastern States are a boon for the health and wellness of the people of the region. He expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for his leadership in steering Assam to a path of unprecedented growth and development.
The Chief Minister also said that the health infrastructure projects presented to Assam and other North Eastern States in the Amrit Kaal will be a crucial milestone towards the development of the country. This will also help Assam and other North Eastern States to contribute to the development journey of the country.
The Chief Minister added that with all the important health institutions on the North bank of the Brahmaputra such as AIIMS, NIPER, the Guwahati campus of National Forensic Science University; Kamrup district is turning out to be a crucial health care provider of the State.
Dr Sarma said that these institutes are expected to nurture and promote quality and excellence in pharmaceutical education and research, conduct masters, doctoral and postdoctoral courses and research in pharmaceutical education, develop a multi-disciplinary approach in carrying out research and training of manpower.