By: Express News Service | Mohali |
The FIR registered by the CBI mentioned that the accused had connived and “caused a loss to the tune of crores of rupees to the government exchequer”.
The raid at NIPER, which will hold its foundation day on February 15, commenced around 7 am and continued for more than eight hours, during which the CBI team questioned a number of senior officers and seized certain documents.
‘Institute of national importance’
NIPER is the first national level institute in pharmaceutical sciences with an objective of becoming a centre of excellence for advanced studies and research in pharmaceutical sciences. The Centre had 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 in South East Asia, South Asia and Africa. NIPER is a member of Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The institute remained in the thick of controversies in 2013 when students came on the road and staged a protest against its management. The students demanded sacking of the director and registrar. The students also resorted to violence and set ablaze a number of official vehicles on the institute’s campus. Later, the strike ended without any conclusion.