New Delhi: The year 2016 is a milestone for the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) as the council celebrated 75th year of existence. The long Platinum Jubilee celebrations were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a catalyst and driver of sustainable socio-economic change through application of science and technology. CSIR has successfully commercialized a host of technologies for the society and industry, especially in the sectors of food and agriculture, generic drugs, leather, chemicals and petrochemicals, biopharmaceuticals, and materials.
In promotion of scientific though and research education, the contribution of the council is commendable. CSIR is presently supporting around 8500 Research fellows, awarded 2,251 Junior Research Fellowships and 65 Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship. Further, CSIR is supporting more than 1,000 research schemes to various universities.
CSIR is recognized to be among the International leaders knowledge creation. CSIR has been ranked 12th in the world amongst the government institutions in world, as per the prestigious Scimago Institutions Rankings 2016 Report.
CSIR is granted 90% of the US patents granted to any Indian publicly funded R&D organization. The scientific staff of CSIR though constitutes only about 3-4% of India’s scientific manpower but it has an overwhelming contribution amounting to 9.6% of India’s scientific outputs.
CSIR is also actively participating and contributing national goals and Missions such as Swachh Bharat, Swastha Bharat, Samarth Bharat, Make in India, Innovate for India, Start-up India, Skill India etc.
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), a constituent lab of CSIR, organized the India International Science Festival, (IISF), which brought together more than 500 Einstein enthusiasts in the iconic scientist’s trademark garb, complete with his wig and moustache.
In the skill development initiative, the efforts of CSIR is commendable. About 30 High Tech Skill or Training programmes are being launched by CSIR for imparting skills to over 5000 candidates annually.