National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali

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Established in 1991, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Mohali (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Punjab. Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, India, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali (NIPER) is a coeducational higher education institution. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali (NIPER) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. NIPER also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, as well as administrative services.

NIPER Mohali is an Indian public Pharmacy research university, and a part of the seven schools, under India’s Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. The institute offers Masters and Doctoral degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. As an Institute of National Importance it plays an important role in the Human Resource Development for the ever growing Indian Pharmaceutical industry, which has been in the forefront of India’s science based industries with wide ranging capabilities in this important field of drug manufacture. The institute offers a 2 year PG degree course; MS (Pharm.) in 13 disciplines ( Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Clinical Research, Pharmacy Practice, Natural products, Biotechnology, Pharmacoinformatics, Traditional medicine and Pharmaceutics) and MBA (Pharm.).

Other NIPERs

The institutes run with co-operation from mentor institutes located at the respective places.

Other NIPER’s with their mentor institutes are:

  • NIPER Ahmedabad (Gujarat).
  • NIPER Hajipur (Bihar). Mentor institute: RMRIMS, Patna.
  • NIPER Hyderabad (Telangana). Mentor institute IICT Hyderabad.
  • NIPER Kolkata (West Bengal). Mentor institute: IICB Kolkata.
  • NIPER Raebareli (Uttar Pradesh). Mentor institute: CDRI Lucknow.
  • NIPER Guwahati (Assam). Mentor institute: GMCH Guwahati.

However, counseling for these institutes are held at NIPER, SAS nagar (Mohali), Punjab.

The Department of Pharmaceuticals has envisaged an investment Rs 3,000 crore to set up ten more National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) over the next five years. The proposal is one of the many proposals, worth Rs 12,280 crore, that have been submitted to the Planning Commission by the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) under the 12th Five Year Plan.

Future institutes

  • NIPER Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. A new NIPER is planned to come up in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • NIPER Nagpur, Maharashtra. A new NIPER is planned to come up in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
  • NIPER Rajasthan. A new NIPER is planned to come up in JhalawarRajasthan.
  • NIPER Chhattisgarh. A new NIPER is planned to come up in Chhattisgarh.


NIPER offers Masters and Doctoral programs in various fields of the pharmaceutical sciences.

System of Studies

The course duration of Masters programs is four semesters, while the doctoral programs typically take six to ten semesters depending on the subject area of research. A scholar has to take a minimum number of credits offered from various departments depending on the program and branch of study. The Research, its presentation, and defense carry their own credits reflected in the final Cumulative Graded Point Average (CGPA).


Every year in June and July NIPER conducts national level entrance examinations for admissions to its M.S.(Pharm)/M.Tech/M.Pharm., MBA(Pharm.) and PhD programs. Candidates interested in MBA (Pharmaceutical Management) and the doctoral programs are further screened by personal interview. The candidates are required to have qualified the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) or now Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) in a suitable subject area, although exceptions are allowed for some applicants/programs. Now GATE in Pharmacy discipline has been replaced by GPAT and pharmacy graduate has to qualify the GPAT. Exam for doctoral program is subject and/or department specific. For doctoral studies, normally the PI has sufficient funding to support the student, but in its absence a fellowship via the National Eligibility Test conducted by the University Grants Commission or such student support schemes makes the applicant’s case strong.

An Introduction

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) is the first national level institute in pharmaceutical sciences with a proclaimed objective of becoming a centre of excellence for advanced studies and research in pharmaceutical sciences. The Government of India has declared NIPER as an ‘Institute of National Importance’. It is an autonomous body set up under the aegis of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. The Institute is conceived to provide leadership in pharmaceutical sciences and related areas not only within the country, but also to the countries in South East Asia, South Asia and Africa. NIPER is a member of Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The Institute is located about 250 Km north of Delhi at S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali), Punjab on a total area of 130 acres.


“To become a globally recognized brand in the areas of education and research in pharmaceutical sciences for the benefit of people of India and other countries and the growth of the pharmaceutical industry.”


Imparting quality education in the areas of Pharmaceutical Sciences..
Promotion of innovative and translation research.
National/ international collaborative research and linkages.
Study of national/ international pharmaceutical policy issues. 
Collaboration with pharma industries to meet the global challenges.
Creation of specialized centres to cater to the needs of pharmaceutical industries and other research and teaching institutes.
Conducting programmes on drug surveillance including study of sociological aspects of drug ‘use and abuse’.
Community pharmacy and pharmaceutical management.
Continuing education programme.



The main objectives of the Institute are :

Toning up the level of pharmaceutical education and research by training the future teachers, research scientists and managers for the industry and profession.
Continuing education programmes
Creation of National Centres to cater to the needs of pharmaceutical industries and other research and teaching institutes
Collaboration with Indian industries to meet the global challenges
National/International collaborative research
Curriculum and media development
Study of sociological aspects of drug ‘use and abuse’, and rural pharmacy, etc
Conducting programmes on drug surveillance, community pharmacy and pharmaceutical management


NIPER functions under the Union ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. The president of the Republic of India is the visitor of the institute. Its policy architecture is framed and reviewed by a board of governors which includes eminent academicians, members of the parliament and entrepreneurs. The institute is represented by a director, who is also the chief academic and executive officer.


NIPER Mohali campus spans over an area of 130 acres (0.53 km2), near the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium of S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali). It is a fully residential institute offering unmarried as well as married hostel accommodation. In addition, it offers accommodation to the faculty, staff and visitors.

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