VISAKHAPATNAM: Even after six years of the announcement of the then Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananta Kumar, the proposed National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in the port city has not materialized due to a lack of coordination between the state and central government. Though the APIIC sources say that they have sufficient land near Pharma City in Parawada, nothing has come to light to date. NIPER which functions under the administrative control of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizer, is a premier national-level institute with recognition by the industry as a center of excellence for advanced studies and research in pharmaceutical education. As per the earlier announcement, the NIPER would be established in 100 acres of land with an investment of Rs. 600 crores. The state government has to allot land for the institute. This was announced by the then Union Minister Anant Kumar during the partnership summit in Vizag in January 2016. The Vizag Lok Sabha member MVV Satyanarayana wrote a letter to the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya to establish the sanctioned NIPER in Vizag as early as possible. He said that the industries relating to steel, power, oil, textile, pharma, and IT made the Vizag a financial hub in the state. “This premier institution would boost skills and quality level among all sections of the pharma ecosystem in addition to attracting further investment due to the presence of a strong ecosystem in training and research led by NIPER,” the MP Satyanarayana said. He promised the union minister that he would coordinate with the state government for land allotment and any other local approvals needed. The state government had already proposed Vizag as the executive capital of AP and it would boost up the industry too, he said. Three NIPERs in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra were announced in 2016 during the budget. After the budget sessions, the minister said that the department of Pharmaceuticals would propose another three NIPERs in MP, AP, and Karnataka in the next financial year. Vizag, the commercial capital of AP and proposed executive capital, has a presence of over 300 functioning Pharma units, including major pharma units such as Reddy’s Aurobindo, Divis, Mylan, Hospira, Eisai, and others, besides an exclusive pharma city in which more than 200 units are function. The estimated turnover of all these pharma companies including the pharma units at Pydibhimavaram in Srikakulam district is around Rs. 40,000 crores. All these would make the port city as the most suitable location for the establishment of NIPER. The Vizag Development Forum Vice President O Naresh Kumar said that Vizag is the only major city in the state and ranked ninth in India in GDP. The city has a major port, rail, air connectivity, and other facilities. He urged the state and central government to take an initiative to make NIPER become reality.