Health Minister Harish Rao inaugurates Paediatric Heart Surgery Unit at NIMS

Hyderabad: Rotary club of Jubilee Hills and SUVEN Life Sciences have set up s State of the Art Paediatric Heart Surgery Unit at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS),Hyderabad.

It is set up at an investment of Rs 4crore, CSR funds by Suven Pharma. The facility is expected to benefit 750 kids annually. The Paediatric Heart Surgeries will be performed free of cost.

Sri Thanneeru Harish Rao, Hon. Minister for Finance, Health, Medical & Family Welfare, Govt. of Telangana inaugurated this fully furnished modular 6 bedded Cardiothoracic ICU, Including a Class-l Air- conditioned isolation clean room suitable for Heart Transplant facility is equipped with high-end Heart-Lung Machine, ECHO, Nitric Oxide delivery, Bronchoscope, Infant Warmer beds to name a few.

Sri Venkat Jasti, Chairman and MD ‘s SUVEN Pharmaceuticals Limited provided CSR funds of close to Rs 4 Cr for this Facility to address Congenital Heart Diseases, prevalent in under nourished populace of rural villages.

Governor, Rotary International District 3150 Sri K Prabhakar re-affirmed commitment of Rotary International’s Focus Area of Disease Prevention & Treatment.

Dr. K Manohar appraised that this facility helps poor patients to access high end corporate facilities free under government schemes

President Sri P Suresh Gupta, Secretary Sri Kalyan Panguluri of Rotary Club of Jubilee Hills co-ordinated the project and graced the inaugural function.

IMT Hyderabad inaugurates ABHYUDAY 2022 – Management Orientation Program

Hyderabad: Institute of Management Technology – Hyderabad, an autonomous higher education institute has today inaugurated ABHYUDAY 2022 – Management Orientation Program (Batch of 2022-24) by Shri P.R. Ramesh, Former Chairman Deloitte, India, Independent Director – Nestle India, HDFC and Cipla&Prof. (Dr.) K Sriharsha Reddy, Director – IMT Hyderabad at IMT Hyderabad Campus, Shamshabad.

ABHYUDAY is two week long introductory module that intends to prepare students for the management coursework in the PGDM Program. The introductory module has been designed by factoring students’ background, diversity and experience. ABHYUDAY includes myriad of activities such as Academic orientation sessions, out-of-class activities, team building and icebreaking sessions, skill building workshops, distinguished speaker series by eminent academicians and corporate professionals, interaction with faculty members and senior year students.

ABHYUDAY 2022 includes Academic orientation sessions, out-of-class activities, panel discussion, distinguished speaker series, Community Connect, Outbound and Team building activities and interaction sessions with faculty and senior year students.

Speaking on the occasion Shri P.R. Ramesh, Former Chairman Deloitte, India, Independent Director – Nestle India, HDFC and Cipla said that “It brings me great honour to be part of the inauguration of ABHYUDAY- 2022. The upcoming two years is going to be a journey of transformation from students to leaders with an enriching experience and learning. As IMTians the new batch should challenge them everyday and focus on emphasizing the need for learning and networking towards success. Students should utilize the best ecosystem they are going to be part off – which will enable them to harness knowledge in the ever changing areas of digital transformation and sustainable businesses

Prof. (Dr.) K Sriharsha Reddy, Director – IMT Hyderabad said that “IMT Hyderabad has been one of the leading management institutions in India and believes in nurturing socially responsible business leaders with our unique teaching learning processes. We extend our best wishes to the new batch in pursuit of academic excellence. Learning ecosystem at IMT Hyderabad will help students to unleash their latent potential under the able guidance of responsible and passionate faculty members”

MVSR Engineering College receives NBA recognition

MVSR Engineering College, Nadergul secured National Board of Accreditation (NBA) recognition again, reflecting its consistent efforts in education and learning methodologies

Members of NBA inspection jury visited the college during May 2022 and evaluated the college performance in six (6) different courses offered here. These six courses were subsequently granted NBA accreditation for up to 2025.

The evaluated courses are Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering departments.

Mathru Shri Education Society chairman Dr. K P Srinivas Rao on this occasion stated that this was the result of hard work by the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college. He appreciated and attributed all the success to Principal Dr. Kanaka Durga, Vice Principal Prof. SGS Murthy, TPO Prof. Prasanna Kumar, HoDs of different departments, Janaiah Boddupally ,Chief Coordinator and others and advised them to continue the hard work. He said that the college had secured the status of Autonomous by NBA during the previous inspection and this time six more branches of the college got recognition by it.

Secretary of the society, M Krishna Kumar, Joint secretary Vasudev Rao, Treasurer Jupudi Sudhakar, vice chairman Jitendranath and others felicitated the staff and congratulated them. The MVSR Engineering College has been the first choice of engineering aspirants for several years now and the track record of academic excellence is remarkable during the past two decades. NBR recognition to several courses of the college is testimony to the hard work and dedication of the college management to carve out the future nation builders, said K P Srinivas Rao on this occasion.

— Reporting by Younus.

Coin Museum opened at Saifabad Mint

Hyderabad: The long-cherished dream of Hyderabad Citizens fructified, as India Government Mint, a Unit of SPMCIL opened the doors of the Saifabad Mint after converting a part to a Museum and dedicated the same to the Nation on the occasion of 75 years of independence.

The Museum will be open for the public from 8th June till 13th June from 10 AM to 5 PM. Rare coins and currency printed at the Saifabad Mint will be showcased at the museum. Besides, machinery used for minting coins and currency during the Nizam-era will also be on display. As per the directions of the Government of India, the Ministry of Finance, Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav celebrations are being held by SPMCIL from 6th June to 13th June, in all the Units of SPMCIL.

Tripti Patra Ghosh , CMD , SPMCIL in a glittering function opened the Museum in presence of S K Sinha, Director, Ajay Agarwal, Director Finance, K Nikhila, Regional Director, RBI, Hyderabad, Anuradha Reddy, Head of Hyderabad chapter of IUNTACH, Dr A N Reddy, Director, Salarjung  Museum, Saffiulla, Historian – Hyderabad,  Amarbeer Singh, Dr Anchuri, a Leading Architect and  D Shyamala, DIG, CISF, Rajeev Singh, Deputy Secretary from Ministry of Finance A Numismatist amongst many others.

Saifabad Mint Museum beautifully depicts the History of Mints. The collections include the first Rupiya Coin issued by Sher Shah Suri, History of IGM, Hyderabad, and History of the Mints under the Government of India, the Asaf Jahi coins, and a photo collection of Glimpses of Old Mint Memories. The Museum presents Coins based on shapes and Coins made from Metals of different types. The Museum possesses the precious Die striking stone that enabled punch-marked coin way back in 1803 at Sultan Sahi. The Focus of the display is on Republic India coinage, Commemorative coinage, and the Minting process presented through a lively video so that you can see how a Mint works.

The Mint felicitated Najaf Ali Khan, Grandson of the H.E.H. Late Nizam VII of Hyderabad S/o. Late Prince Hasham Jah Bahadur, President, Nizam Family Welfare Association,  K K Parakalan, Former General Manager, India Government Mint, Hyderabad,  Kanti Kumar Sevak, Managing Trustee of Academy for Promotion and Research in Numismatics, Editor of Coins & Paper Money News and Shri M Karthik, Architect & Graphic Designer.

Saifabad Mint is a pride for the Deccan heritage as it excelled in making coins, notes, stamps, and other engineering items, setting the first stage of industrialisation, dating back to 1903. Mir Mahboob Ali Khan (1869-1911), the Sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, established this Mint similar to the European Mints in 1903. Hyderabad was the only native state in India that enjoyed the privilege of coinage in India. Saifabad Mint was the epicenter for the Minting of Coins, holding a special place in the history of India, known for its exceptional calligraphic quality.The architecture and functionality of the Saifabad Mint are unique for their structural stability. The old gun barrels decorate the entranceways. The columns are made of steel with beautiful carvings. This Monument of Engineering had woven into the life and economy of Deccan. The sweat and blood of hundreds of employees made it happen with tremendous dedication. This is the first living Mint Technology Museum in the country, which has the Old Machines from 1903 vintage in European style that made the best coins known for Calligraphic quality. (INN)

Opportunity to visit Ocean Laboratories in Hyderabad on June 5

Hyderabad: World Environment Day celebrated every year on 5 June since 1973, is described as “a global platform for inspiring positive change” led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is now the largest global environmental event, with millions of people in more than 150 countries including India participating to protect the planet.

The idea to celebrate this day is to engage “governments, businesses, civil society, schools, celebrities, cities, and communities in raising awareness related to the environment and how to protect it”. This year’s World Environment Day is special as it marks 50 years of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972. The 1972 Stockholm Conference is the first international meeting on the environment and spurred the formation of environment ministries and agencies around the world including the formation of UNEP. Every year World Environment Day is hosted by a different country, in which official celebrations take place. World Environment Day for 2022 is hosted by Sweden. This year’s World Environment Day theme is “Only One Earth”. It focuses on “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature”.On this occasion, INCOIS too will celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June as Open Day. As a part of this, students and citizens are welcome to visit the INCOIS facilities and various labs from 10 AM to 1 PM. The visitors will have the opportunity to interact with scientists who will give a comprehensive overview of INCOIS activities and how they will help in better understanding our environment. (INN)

Switzerland headquartered Ferring Pharma announces Eur 60 Mn expansion plans for Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Ferring Pharma has announced the establishment of another formulation unit in India at Hyderabad for manufacturing of its product called Pentasa (Mesalazine). Ferring will invest approximately €60M over the next 2-3 years for establishing this manufacturing facility. Pentasa (Mesalazine) is a Ferring product used for the treatment and long-term management of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease.  It is prescribed to treat the mild to moderate symptoms of active IBD as well as used widely as maintenance therapy to reduce the risk of recurrent attacks.

Pentasa is available orally as tablets and granules (sachets) within Europe and the rest of the world, with the exception of the US. In the US, Shire US, Inc. sells Pentasa under a trademark license from Ferring. Ferring produces the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API), Mesalazine, at two of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities – in Denmark and in India, near Mumbai. As of 2020 (QYResearch), Ferring was the largest Mesalazine producer in the world. At present, Ferring has only one formulation unit for producing Pentasa in St. Prex, Switzerland and now Ferring has decided to establish another formulation unit at Hyderabad (Ferring Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.).

The announcement was made after Minister KT Rama Rao’s meeting with the leadership of Ferring – Alessandro Gilio, Executive Vice President and Chief Manufacturing and Supply Officer, Armin Metzger, Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Francois Hosotte, Vice President Strategic Projects and Engineering and Bhavin Vaid, Senior Director, Corporate Communications at World Economic Forum, Davos. Jayesh Ranjan IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Dept. and Shakthi M Nagappan, Director Lifesciences, Government of Telangana were also present during the meeting.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group committed to helping people around the world build families and live better lives. Headquartered in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, Ferring is a leader in reproductive medicine and maternal health, and in specialty areas within gastroenterology and urology. Ferring has been developing treatments for mothers and babies for over 50 years and has a portfolio covering treatments from conception to birth. Founded in 1950, privately-owned Ferring now employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide, has its own operating subsidiaries in more than 50 countries and markets its products in 110 countries.

K.T Rama Rao said that “I’m delighted to announce the expansion of Ferring Pharma in Hyderabad. I had the pleasure of inaugurating the facility only last month and just a month after, the company has decided to invest an additional Eur 60 Mn based on their seamless experience of setting up their first facility in Hyderabad. This only reinstates the confidence global companies are reposing in Hyderabad’s ecosystem and also a testament to the pro-business policies of Telangana Government.”  (INN)

Hyderabad emerges as the second-largest base for Swiss headquartered Novartis

Hyderabad/Davos: Minister for IT and Industries K.T. Rama Rao met with Vasant Narasimhan, Chief Executive Officer, Novartis on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum to discuss the growth witnessed by Novartis in Telangana and their expansion plans. Novartis is a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical corporation based in Basel, Switzerland. It is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

The Minister noted that with nearly 9000 associates, Novartis Hyderabad grows into the second-largest location for the company, after their headquarters in Basel, based on the headcount. Further, Novartis Capability Center in Hyderabad is the largest such capability centre by a global pharma major in India.

The growth of Novartis in the city is driven by a focus on innovation and the centre has become an important innovation hub for the company. Incidentally, the company had also chosen Hyderabad as the APAC hub for its innovation initiative called Biome with a focus on several key new innovative areas like AI, Data & Digital.

The company continues to leverage the rich capabilities of Hyderabad in the Science, Technology and Innovation ecosystem to drive important activities for the company. The growth of Novartis in Hyderabad serves as the testimony to Hyderabad’s growing R&D prowess and extraordinary talent pool. Hyderabad today is serving more than 1000 global innovators in their vision to improve healthcare and Research & Development around the globe.

K.T Rama Rao said that, “I am extremely proud that Hyderabad has emerged as the largest global hub for Novartis outside its headquarters. With a massive 9000 people headcount, I am truly impressed with the kind of cutting edge work – be it the data, digital and AI / ML – that happens at the center. Novartis has already placed Hyderabad on a global map in the life sciences sector and there cannot be a better endorsement for the ecosystem in Hyderabad”. (INN)

Spanish multi-national Chemo to invest about Rs. 100 Cr in their Hyderabad site

Hyderabad): Spain headquartered Chemo Pharma has announced an investment of over Rs. 100 crores in the creation of the second line in their production area in Hyderabad for the production of pharmaceutical finished dosage forms. In 2021, the company has established additional QC and Stability Labs in their facility in Hyderabad and now is gearing towards commencing commercial operations utilizing upcoming line 2 in production.

The company is also planning to initiate a new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient and R&D Centre in Hyderabad along with continuing new product development activities in solids and injectables in Genome Valley, Hyderabad.

The announcement was made after Minister KT Rama Rao’s meeting with the leadership of Chemo Group- Dr. Jean Daniel Bonny, R&D Director – Pharmaceuticals Generics Business at World Economic Forum, Davos. Jayesh Ranjan Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Dept. and Shakthi M Nagappan, Director Lifesciences, Government of Telangana were also present during the meeting.

Chemo India Formulation started its operations in Genome Valley, Hyderabad in 2018 with the Research, development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical finished dosage forms with specialisation in oral dosage formulations. Since then, the company has witnessed tremendous growth and invested around 170 crores till now along with employment creation of around 270 people.

Dr. Jean briefed the Minister that Chemo India Formulation has been making significant contributions to global operations. The company has taken up around 25 new development projects in solids and 12 new development projects in injectables. Some of the products are getting approvals in the EU region and the entity in Spain is now working towards commercializing some of these products.  A global stability program has also been initiated in Chemo India and the installed capacity is 800 samples per month. Going forward, Chemo India Formulation will work toward strengthening the global stability program and continue to add value to global operations.

Chemo is part of the Spanish multinational Insud Pharma, which has been operating for over 40 years and has a team of 7,000 professionals worldwide. Chemo is a sector leader in the research, development and manufacturing of a broad variety of APIs and a full range of Finished Dosage Forms for both human and veterinary. Globally, Chemo has around 10 manufacturing plants, more than 1100 clients, 10 R&D centers, and more than 100 APIs and finished dosage forms.Minister Mr. K.T Rama Rao said that, “I am delighted that Chemo, a leading pharmaceutical company, is continuing to grow from Hyderabad. This is indeed a testament to the life sciences ecosystem in the city and Genome Valley”. (INN)

NSSC Hyderabad to conduct Mega Job Mela for differently-abled on May 27

Hyderabad: National Career Service Centre for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes is organizing a job fair for differently-abled persons( Deaf, Dumb, PH, OH, Partially VH etc.

In collaboration with the various placement agencies, NCSC is organizing this job mela at its National Skill  Training Institute  Campus, Shivam Road, Vidya Nagar on 27th May 2022. 

Over 20 companies are expected to participate in this programme to offer jobs.  All the eligible job seekers between 18 – 35 years of the above-mentioned categories with educational qualifications in any discipline can participate in this job fair. Also candidates participating must carry their resumes along with educational certificates (two set photocopies).National Career Service Centre for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Formerly Coaching Cum Guidance Centre for SC/ST), Hyderabad is a subordinate office functioning under the Directorate General of Employment, Ministry of Labour & Employment. Government of India since 1980. This centre is engaged in providing career guidance, free stipendiary training and employment services to SC/ST job seekers registered in the Employment Exchanges and National Career Service portal ( (INN)

UK-based SMS to set up lab for pharmaceutical powder characterisation in Hyderabad

Hyderabad/London: UK headquartered Surface Measurement Systems has announced the establishment of a Particle Characterisation Laboratory in Hyderabad and has aggressive expansion plans for the next 2 years. Spread across 7000 sqm, the facility will be a state-of-the-art laboratory with a focus on pharmaceutical powder characterisation. The facility will be the world centre of excellence for powder characterisation for SMS and is slated to attract both global and local Indian pharmaceutical customers.

The announcement was made after Minister KT Rama Rao’s meeting with the leadership of Surface Measurement Systems- Professor Daryl Williams, Managing Director, Daniel Villalobos, Global Channel Management & International Sales Manager, Syed Qutubuddin, Director, India Operations in London, United Kingdom. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Dept. and Shakthi M Nagappan, Director Lifesciences, Government of Telangana were also present during the meeting.

The company leadership briefed the Minister that this Particle Characterisation Laboratories will be the only laboratory in India to offer specialised particle characterisation test services. In addition, the expertise in Particle Characterisation Laboratories, as well as Surface Measurement Systems, will allow these particle characterisation test services to be offered globally, with a focus on pharmaceutical powders. Specialist test services will include Dynamic Vapour Sorption measurement of water sorption isotherms of powders, as well as Inverse Gas Chromatographic determination of powder surface area and surface energy. Particle Characterisation Laboratories will be the only contract test laboratory in the world offering these specialist powder characterisation methods.

Surface Measurement Systems (SMS) develops and engineers innovative experimental techniques and instrumentation for Physico-chemical characterisation of complex solids. Surface Measurement Systems Limited is the world leader in advanced instruments for powder characterisation and has invented the Dynamic Vapour Sorption (DVS) instrument. The company has business units in the United Kingdom, Germany, USA, China and India with a strong patent and science base company with >10 PhD scientists.

Minister K.T Rama Rao said that “I’m extremely happy to announce the entry of Surface Measurement Systems in Hyderabad. The establishment of this facility, which will be first-of-its-kind in Hyderabad is a testament to the city’s leadership position in the pharmaceutical sector and will accelerate growth in the sector.”Professor Daryl Williams, Managing Director, Particle Characterisation Laboratory, a Surface Measurement Systems Company said that “India has always been an attractive destination for a scientific company like Surface Measurement Systems. Telangana state’s progressive and investor-friendly policies have facilitated SMEs like us to establish a new state-of-the-art particle characterisation laboratory in Hyderabad. Particle Characterisation Laboratory (Hyderabad) will become a centre of excellence in particle characterisation not just in India but all around the world, working with all of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies”.  (INN)