Nagpur: Post Mihan revolution, its now turn for education to bring high significance on Wardha road in Nagpur. After giving its nod for educational institutes like AIIMS, IIM, IIIT, MNLU, and GCOE, the State government has allotted land for yet another national-level institution near it. The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) would be starting its operations from Kaladongri near Mihan.
Nagpur district Guardian Minister confirmed the development saying that soon, process to hand over the land would be completed. It would come up on 40 acres near land allotted to Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU).
NIPER would be sixth top level institution on the Wardha Road, after AIIMS, IIM, IIIT, MNLU, and GCOE. According to the city educationists, Wardha Road would be one of the most sought after destinations for pursuing higher education in the country, once all of them commence operations.
Sources from the office of joint director of technical education in Nagpur attributed the change in place of NIPER to top pharma industries like Glenmark and Zim Laboratories, coming up at Mihan. Already pharmacy major Lupin is operating at Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Mihan and has massive expansion plans.
“Since all these majors were setting up the base in Mihan, it would be better if the top-notch institution is established in same area. It would not only provide convenience for the students, but also for the industries, as they could easily recruit them for internships. Even top officials of these companies could visit NIPER for delivering guest lectures,” they said.
They added that it would be convenient for companies’ representatives to conduct placement interviews, as it would save their precious time. The students could visit these companies anytime to learn about their working.
Last year, a team of Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry visited the old site near Mohgaon, but wasn’t in favour of that land. Collector Sachin Kurve then took them to Kaladongri, which they liked, due to logistics and also the fact that all top level institutions were coming up on the same stretch. After their consent, the collector asked State Higher and Technical Education Department to complete the formalities of handing over the land. The department entrusted the task to Mumbai-based Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) through which it came to joint director for technical education’s office in the city.