CBI sources said Pune- based software firm Sciedge Informatics, in connivance with NIPER officials, caused a loss of ` 10 crore to the institute between 2007 and 2012 by overcharging for licences to access Scifinder -- a global patent database sofware.
While the company charged other companies $ 36,000 for licences to access the software, it supplied NIPER the licences at a charge of $ 51,000 per annum.
Department of Natural Products, NIPER
, Sector 67, Mohan, Punjab 160062, India
While NIPER authorities did not reveal details of the deal even after a month, M AIL T ODAY spoke to a chief functionary at Windlas Biotech, Hitesh Windlas who said the patent was acquired by paying less than ` 20 lakh.
Share the research in the name of consultancy and let the company pocket crores,"former NIPER scientist Parikshit Bansal said.
This stark reality has come to light after a senior scientist, who worked with the institute, levelled damning allegations against the NIPER authorities.
Located in Mohali, NIPER was declared as an institution of national importance in 1998 by an Act of Parliament.
Act stipulates inclusion of three members of Parliament -- two from Lok Sabha and one from Rajya Sabha -- but DoP decided to constitute the Board without public representatives despite nominations received from the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha Chairman.
However, CAG auditors have rejected this explanation saying the guidelines were issued before the NIPER
Act was implemented in 1998.
Major organization : NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHARMACEUTICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (NIPER
Hajipur Epip Industrial Area, Hajipur Pin-844102
He said that for skill development and manpower availability, dozen NIPERs
( National Institutes of