Thursday, 3 August 2017

What is wiped out history of bhutani?

Prince Charles, Kalam, Rao booted out of Niper

TNN | Aug 3, 2017, 12.41 AM IST

Chandigarh: Call it a 'new' beginning or wiping out the past, the new director of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Niper), Dr Raghuram Rao Akinnepally, has removed all photos of eminent visitors since 2006.

The list includes Prince Charles, Dr A P J Kalam and eminent scientist C N R Rao among others. On July 27, former officiating Niper director Dr K K Bhutani wrote about the removal of the pictures from the institute to the chairman of the board of governors Dr V M Katoch. The letter mentioned: "PM Modi has dedicated a memorial at Rameshwaram in the memory of Prof Abdul Kalam and we are removing a small memorable and proud moment photograph."

When Dr Akinnepally was asked about this, he said, "We have removed it temporarily to renovate the gallery." Niper registrar Wg Cdr P J P Singh Waraich (retd) said, "The photographs were removed for getting the lounge/lobby cleaned and shall be restored at the earliest."

However, sources said the new director wished to wipe out the history of the institute which completed its 25 years of inception last year. "The photographs were a mark of our 25 years of existence to recall the rich history and legacy of this institute of national importance," wrote Dr Bhutani.

Niper is an autonomous body set up under the aegis of the department of pharmaceuticals, ministry of chemicals and fertilizers. The institute was ranked second in pharmaceutical institutes' category by the National Institutional Ranking Framework 2017.

The letter further mentioned mementos, prizes and honours and artefacts received from other institutes and foreign dignitaries have been removed from an almirah in the institute.

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