Monday, 10 October 2011

Never used facilities @ NIPER

 Large number of construction projects was initiated under 11th  five year plan at NIPER. Civil works of many building is completed, but the building are standing un utilized either because they are not furnished or no money for equipments/manpower or no money for running/recurring cost. Thus they are standing idle and providing shelter to pigeons. Two of them are depicted here

A. Swimming pool  
A huge Olympic size pool is build under 11th five year plan at NIPER for more then1 crore and the construction is completed all most a year ago. Project investigator of Drugs for most neglected diseases (Scheme N18) under the 11th five year plan (2007-12) says that part of the money received for the project was diverted to fund the escalated construction cost of swimming pool.

Olympic size virgin swimming pool serving as a pigeon shelter 
However the pool is never used after construction, because there no electrical connections to run the entire building and the filter pumps installed in the pool. Moreover there is no budgetary allocation for recurring cost for running the pool.

Though NIPER have a Olympic size non functional swimming pool, NIPER lacks a decent size lecture hall to accomodate increasing number of students. Many common classes are splited and faculties are forced to conduct the same class in two or three shifts in a week like recurring movie show. For each lecture large number of students are squeezed into tiny lecture halls. 

Unused swimming pool with stagnent rain water 
serving as breeding ground for mosquitos
Laboratories are not specious enough to accomodate and do the practical research work so many students just get a chance to peep in the experiments ongoing in the lab from corridor without getting a hands on experience.

Now the question is why this pool is build, with a cost over run, for which the money received for Drugs for most neglected diseases is diverted?  Probably getting kickback is easier from construction project rather then a research project. Thus Indian taxpayer money is gone down the drain for the whims and fancies of the person who decided build Olympic size swimming pool for personal gain putting National interest aside. I feel ashamed whenever I see a  poor country man who is suffering from neglected diseases like Tuberculosis or Leishmaniasis.

B. Community center:
The same story repeated again for Community center  A odd shaped building with big cover area and less utilizable space is built utilizing approximately 40 lakhs.

Acoustically challenged community center 
Other then the concreet structure all the basic amenities inside the building are lacking rendering it unusable. Moreover architecture is such that it can only accomodate 40 people, uncomfortably because of bad acoustics noise. Inaugurated by Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals with a huge fanfare on 4th Oct 2010. After that many occasions and functions happened in NIPER. The building is not used for a single hour. Neither any NIPER community (Faculty, Staff, Students) is interested to use it not even for kitty party.

 So what was the dire need for building it? Intended for what use?

Kickback again?

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are more un-utilized pigeon shelters like these at NIPER. Few examples are 'Schedule H' compliance formulation plant, Parasitology building,  Bioavailability center etc. etc. List is long..............

More construction is being planned for 12th five year plan also. Sorry my under privileged fellow Indians you still need to thrive on Rs32 a day.


  1. Very true sir, and in contrast NIPER Gymnasium should be expanded as number of students have been increased in past years, but it is still in its old limited size.

  2. Together we can metamorphose NIPER in to a Institute of National importance as intended in inception from current status of National Institute of Corruption.

  3. This centra government policy of increased intake due to reservations has ruined many national level research institutes like NIPERs and IITs....... I remember how nicely we did all our lectures and practicals at NIPER mohali when there used to be only 8 - 12 students admitted per department. Now that many go to each faculty of the departments. how a faculty is supposed to manage all of them. Even Einstein would not have generated so may ideas for so many master students dissertations. On one side the govt. creates center for excellence and on the other side it ruins it by increasing the no. of intake in order to impress their vote bank...... God only save this country......... I guess Anna Hazare is doing nothing wrong by screwing them up!.......