Tuesday, 13 February 2018

NIPER Kolkata agitating 2......

NIPER Kolkata students agitating

Demands are simple..........

To whom so ever it may concern
Honorable Sir
I am a student of NIPER, Kolkata. The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research is a premier group of institutions in the field of Pharmaceutical sciences in India. The students studying here have to qualify two all India level entrance examinations in order to come here. In short, we are the creamy layer of Pharmaceutical sciences. Our institute was declared as an institute of national importance by Govt. of India through Act of Parliament (NIPER Act 1998 & NIPER Amendment Act 2007). Yet we, the students are not getting the basic facilities, faculties, education or anything in that regard that we deserve. This has led us tto write this letter mentioning all our problems, hoping to get some solutions from the higher authorities.
v Issues:
Ø  Last year we filed a grievance like this to the PMO with all our identities which were supposed to be confidential. But all our respective data were forwarded back to the Director from the PMO, we don’t know how. May be he has got strong political connections. Keeping this in mind and because of the non fulfillment all the addressed points in that grievance
We don’t want Dr.V. Ravichandiran as Director (Dictator)
He does as he wishes without any regards to the needs and problems of the students.
Ø  Legitimate and capable guide for Ph.D scholars as well as MS(Pharm) students:
The major problem is guide. One person, the Director, is guide for 20 Ph.D. students at a time.
Only a single guide is allotted for 8 to 9 M.S students. No MS(Pharm) students have started any work regarding project.
Ø  Faculty specific for each stream with proper qualifications is not available.
Ø  No placement for any branch & absence of working placement cell:
There are seven NIPERs in India and maximum students of each one of those institutes have already been placed in their respective fields except here.
Ø  Mental Harassments of each student with dire consequences:
To bring to your notice, about half of our strength is suffering from migraine not because inheritance but of the harassment we face.
The all India first ranker in the field of Medicinal Chemistry has left from our Institute because of this harassment.
Ø  The Fellowship is not coming on regular basis on time.
Ø  Lack of chemicals, instrumentations and databases for respective branches.
Ø  Hostel issues are not addressed in hostel.
The issues are many more and the solutions from the administration is NONE till now. So I request to address these at the earliest possible. Even it would be better if the concerned authority can come here to have a word with us and see our pathetic condition directly.

I do hereby declare, in my full consciousness, without any external pressure from anyone else that the following points regarding the problems that I am facing at NIPER Kolkata are true to the best of my knowledge. I request the person reading this letter, with folded hands, to kindly solve my issues at the earliest as my career and hence my life is at stake and I won’t be backing off even if I am forced by the authority to do so.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

All talk no action!! No transparency in RTI

Posted at: Sep 14, 2017, 2:14 AM; last updated: Sep 14, 2017, 2:14 AM (IST)

NIPER: Good governance, transparency on agenda

Tribune News Service
Mohali, September 13
Improving NIPER happiness index by offering good governance and transparency for productivity is on top of the agenda of the five-year manifesto of the institution, said NIPER’s new director Dr Raghuram Rao, here, today. Releasing the manifesto, the director said the five main focus areas of the institution included making it a global campus, harmonisation of NIPER research with national needs, promoting employability through skill enhancement and support to small and medium pharma units. “For the purpose, we would introduce a dual degree programme with international universities, improve creativity and productivity of employees,” said the director, adding that it was his endeavour to make NIPER ‘grievance free’ in the larger welfare of the institute and the country.

Friday, 18 August 2017

NIPER Saga continues.....................

Dear All,
We would like to share something which is probably the first of its kind anywhere in the world. In the afternoon of 1st August 2017, we received a letter through email from NIPER Hajipur Administration asking us to vacate the hostel within 24 hrs of the receipt of it (the letter has been attached). Reason: The institute do not have a suitable advisor to guide us after our previous advisor (who was temporary and contractual employee of the institute) resigned in mid-January, 2017.

We have been “assured” that once the appointment of new faculty would be made, we would be called back. Clearly, the order is unconstitutional, but at NIPER Hajipur, hardly anything works as per rule. NOT following NIPER Ordinance on Academic and examination is fashion here. For all NIPERs it is mandatory to follow the ordinance. Questions which are haunting us and for which we want answers are:

1. Why PhD scholars are being harassed for the mistake of the Institute? If there are no suitable guides, how we are responsible for that?
2. We were writing our thesis as all our objectives are done. How we would write our thesis at home and who would be guiding us at home?
3. Why the letter is silent about our stipend during our “forced leave” period.
4. What if NIPER Hajipur could not find any suitable candidate? How long would be our “forced leave”? and finally
5. What if the new faculty (who would also be appointed temporarily for one-year contract) refused to accept us as his student as the letter say “who may be your PhD advisor”? Where would we go then?

We, Venkateshwaran T and Bhavana Panthi, are PhD student of Department of Pharmacoinformatics, enrolled in the year 2013 at NIPER Hajipur. We started our PhD here with complete uncertainty from beginning as this institution does not run as per rules prescribed in the NIPER Ordinance, which every NIPER has to follow. Whatever the Director says, becomes the rule. None dare to ask question and in this way he is ruling the institute.
We dared to question his orders and since then we are being harassed.

We completed all our objectives (conveyed by our previous guide to the Director) and presented entire work to Student Research Committee (SRC; the Committee meant to monitor progress of a research student) on 14th January 2017, which was approved by the committee. On 17th of January 2017, our thesis advisor submitted his resignation and since then the institute hasn’t assigned any advisor having expertise in Pharmacoinformatics. The advisor and joint advisor assigned were not according to the Ordinance and hence illegal. That was the reason we refused to accept and finally it came to the level where we received the attached letter from the Deputy Registrar. Not only the content is bizarre, it also reflects the state of a National Institute and its functioning. The letter also raises a very pertinent question and that is “if there is no suitable expert in the Department of Pharmacoinformatics, how two more new PhD scholar were admitted this year and who would be guiding them”? The reason due to which we have been asked to vacate the hostel must also be applicable to new scholars who would NOT be getting their PhD advisor till the end of August as required by the NIPER Ordinance (the last date of submission of application for the recruitment of new faculties is 31st August 2017).

We have tried to reach the ministry through all possible means of communication but didn't get any positive response (It is worth to mention here that all NIPERs are under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Fertilizer and chemicals, Govt.of India). Therefore, we went to our home. On Aug 10, we got information, a ministry official visited the institute and talked to our students and said that the Forced leave order has been cancelled. However we have not got any official intimation in this regard yet.

We are in the middle of writing our thesis and without the system and specialized software, we would not be able to write anything because our work is totally based on computational drug discovery related areas. At present when we have to just submit our thesis, we are being tortured and harassed by the NIPER Hajipur administration. Past 4 - 5 months it has been very depressing and every other day we are being subjected to humiliation by the NIPER administration and faculties of other departments.

We are losing our hope fast and we are not sure if we would be able to complete our Ph.D. from here (NIPER, Hajipur). We are forced to write this with the hope that we can get some help and support from this group as we have exhausted all other channels of negotiation.