Mohali: Students of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research or NIPER in Punjab's Mohali have called off their protests for 15 days, awaiting action from the management on the alleged large-scale corruption that was highlighted by an assistant professor and who was later sacked following the allegations.
The assistant professor Dr Parikshit Bansal had alleged the funds procured from the government for scientists and research are misappropriated by the institute's administration.
However, NIPER authorities have refused to comment on the allegations, even as students continue to boycott classes. "Our career is in danger now. Students who were assigned to research under Dr Bansal would now not be able to complete projects properly," said Onkar Deshpande, a researcher at NIPER.
Allegations of the creeping rot of corruption in academic institutes have been circulating for years. However, this new charge of corruption in an institute of national importance, leveled by professors and supported by documents, is spurring students to seek answers in the interest of academic excellence.