Ahir: CIPET to open Chandrapur campus this year

Thursday, May 26, 2016,11:41 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Nagpur | The Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) is all set to launch its campus at Chandrapur in Vidarbha region from the coming academic session, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir said today.

CIPET is managed by the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. The institute offers diploma and and engineering degree courses and it already has a branch in Aurangabad. The Chandrapur unit, for which the state has agreed to provide 15 acres land, would have 2,500 seats, Ahir said at a press conference here.

Along with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Engineering Research (NIPER) proposed in Nagpur, it would add to the region’s growing importance as an academic hub, the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers added.

Ahir said he recently held a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai, wherein it was decided that a medical devices park would be set up at Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport (MIHAN) at Nagpur, for which the ministry would serve as a facilitator. Stents used in heart surgeries could be one of the products which could be produced at this park, he said adding, Currently, cost of a stent runs into couple of lakh rupees as it is imported.

If produced domestically, the cost could come down to around Rs 20,000 only. Among other plans of his ministry, Ahir said bulk drug parks would be established in Maharashtra, Telangana and Gujarat. After closure of public sector Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd and Hyderabad-based Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited (IDPL), India depends on imports from China for its bulk drug needs.

Now the ministry wants to start new units while also reviving the HAL and IDPL units under the ‘Make in India’ programme, the minister said. There is a proposal to start a park in Aurangabad, where the state government is willing to provide 200 acres of land, Ahir said.