After a span of nearly seven years and five months, the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), SAS Nagar, got its regular director on May 12.
Dr Raghuram Rao, who was working as professor and chairman, Board of Studies in Pharmacy, Kakatiya University, Warangal (Telangana State), joined as a director of NIPER on Friday.
The post of NIPER director had been vacant since December 2009.
With more than 30 years of teaching experience and 12 years as a professor, Dr Rao has to his credit four granted patents and two successfully commercialised technologies, apart from publications in national and international journals. He has successfully guided 18 PhD and more than 45 MPharma students. His thrust area of work is cancer research.
NIPER is an institute of national importance, enacted by the act of parliament, NIPER Act 1998, under the aegis of ministry of chemicals and fertilisers, department of pharmaceuticals.
Dr Rao shared his vision of developing NIPER into an ‘innovation hub’ of new and improved products and aligning NIPER research goals with national objectives related to population control, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency, especially anaemia, genetic screening under biotechnology for better health, reduction of imports in area of bio pharmaceuticals and APIs, focus on scientific validation of herbals and traditional medicines along with promotion of alternative medicines and herbals for de-addiction.