The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, under which six more institutes of pharmaceutical education and research, in addition to the one in Mohali, will be designated as institutes of national importance, undergraduate and diploma courses will be introduced, and an advisory council will be established.
A voice vote was used to pass the bill. The Lok Sabha approved it on December 6.
“During COVID-19, we conducted discussions with pharmaceutical producers and guaranteed them that we would eliminate all barriers to study and manufacture vaccines in record time,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya stated in response to a debate on the Bill. He stated that 85% of the eligible population has gotten at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination as a result of the government’s policy.
He further stated that three out of every ten scientists at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in the United States were Indians, and that worthy applicants had previously been denied opportunities in India.
Source: The Hindu