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Centre to set up country’s maiden medical devices and pharma parks in Gujarat

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The Gujarat government has alloted 60 acres for NIPER campus being set up on Chiloda Road at a cost of around Rs 500 crore

The Centre is mulling setting up the country’s maiden medical devices and pharma parks in Gujarat in a bid to make India self-reliant in the sector. This was stated by Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, who sought cooperation from the state government to implement these projects and the latter responded positively in terms of providing land for them.

According to Kumar, though India is doing well in manufacturing pharmaceutical products, it is still not self- reliant in the medical devices sector.

“This is an era of medical devices. But, even today, India is not self-reliant in producing these devices. Thus, we are planning to open first such medical devices park here in Gujarat if the government provides us cheaper land for it,” Kumar said in the presence of Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister, Gujarat.

Kumar and MoS in the same Ministry Hansraj Gangaram Ahir laid the  foundation stone of the new campus of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute (NIPER) in Gandhinagar.

The Gujarat government has alloted 60 acres for the campus being set up on Chiloda Road at a cost of around Rs 500 crore, stated an official press release. Kumar said a centre of excellence will be started in the institute. “Apart from imparting studies and conducting research and development in the field of pharma, this institute will also have a centre of excellence for developing new medical devices.”

The Minister also announced government’s plans to set up the first-ever drug discovery centre and a pharma park in Gujarat.

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