Chandigarh: The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research(NIPER), hosting its eighth convocation on Sunday gave away degrees to 812 students.
83 PhDs, 480 MS (Pharm), 58 MPharm, 63 MTech (Pharm) and 128 MBA (Pharm) were given away to students from batches belonging to 2012-14, 2013-15 and 2014-16.
Prof Chandrakant Kokate, Vice-Chancellor, KLE University, Belagavi, in his capacity as chief guest, at the convocation address said that the convocation shall always remind one of graduation not being an end in itself, but the start of a highly productive life in which personal growth should run parallel to societal growth.
Describing NIPER as an effective interface for an academy-industry interaction, he called the institute’s contribution in the development of quality control standards for drugs and pharmaceuticals as laudable. The research undertaken by the dedicated team of faculty and scientists at NIPER had been widely acclaimed he added.
He said an institution of higher education was an epicenter for knowledge creation, knowledge storage and knowledge explosions. The ecosystem of a higher educational institution should ensure quality so as to produce young graduates who would not only serve themselves, but also lead society in future said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof VM Katoch, Chairman, Board of Governors and former DG, ICMR, presided over the function. Prof KK Bhutani, Director (officiating), highlighted the achievements of the institute. Prof PV Bharatam, Dean, introduced the students who had successfully completed the master’s and doctoral programs and had been found qualified for the award of the institute’s degree. The Director (officiating) administered the pledge to the degree recipients.