National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Kolkata (NIPER-K) was created in 2007 under the aegis of Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizer as a centre of excellence for higher education, research and development in Pharmaceutical Sciences. This followed the establishment of NIPER Mohali, which is the first national level institute in pharmaceutical sciences with a proclaimed objective of becoming a centre of excellence for advanced studies and research in pharmaceutical sciences. NIPERs are conceived to provide leadership in pharmaceutical sciences and related areas not only within the country, but also to the countries in South East Asia, South Asia, and Africa. NIPER is a member of the Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities to become a globally recognized brand. The main objective of the institute is to offer the following programs. M.S. (Pharm.) and Ph.D.

The institute started with M.S (Pharm) in 3 disciplines viz Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Products and Pharmacoinformatics in the year 2007. Subsequently 2 new courses were added – Pharmacology & Toxicology (2018), Pharmaceutics (2020). Ph D programme in this institute commenced from the academic year 2016 in 3 disciplines (Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Products, and Pharmacoinformatics), Pharmacology & Toxicology (2018), Pharmaceutics (2020).