Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

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Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research logo.png
Established 28 September 1942
Chairman Prime Minister of India
Director General Dr. P. S. Ahuja
Staff 17,432[1] contain over 5000 active scientist and over 10000 scientific and technical personnel.
Budget Rs. 1750 crores (USD 325 million)
Location Anusandhan Bhwan, Rafi Marg
New Delhi-110 001.
Website www.csir.res.in

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) established in 1942, is an autonomous body and India's largest research and development (R&D) organisation, with 37 laboratories and 39 field stations or extension centres spread across the nation, with a collective staff of over 17,000.[1] Although CSIR is mainly funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, it operates as an autonomous body registered under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860.[2]

The research and development activities of CSIR includes various fields such as aerospace engineering, Structural engineering, ocean sciences, Life sciences, metallurgy, chemicals, mining, food, petroleum, leather, and environment.[2] In December 2006, Director General Raghunath A. Mashelkar, retired following which M. K. Bhan took over the post, but he was relieved on 7 March 2007. After that T. Ramasami had the additional charge of Director General of CSIR until Samir K. Brahmachari was appointed as the Director General on 13 November 2007.

In late 2007, the Minister of Science and Technology, Kapil Sibal admitted, in a Question Hour session of the Parliament, that CSIR has developed 1,376 technologies/knowledgebase during the last decade of 20th century.[3]

History[edit]

In 1930s the need for establishing research organisations for the development of natural resources and new industries in India began to emerge. Eminent citizens such as C. V. Raman, Lt. Col. Seymour Sewell and J. C. Ghosh had proposed the creation of an advisory board of scientific research. Sir Richard Gregory, then editor of Nature, was among the first people who officially reported to the British Government. After visiting scientific departments and universities in India in 1933, Gregory submitted to Samuel Hoare, Secretary of State for India, regarding the need of scientific organisation similar to the DSIR in Britain. Indian scientists at Calcutta and Bangalore initiated schemes to launch a National Institute of Sciences and an Indian Academy of Sciences, respectively. At the Fifth Industries Conference in 1933, the Provincial Governments of Bombay, Madras, Bihar and Orissa unanimously reiterated their demand for a co-ordinating forum for industrial research. Hoare advised the Viceroy, Lord Willingdon, to support the demand. However, in May 1934, Willingdon replied Hoare saying, "The creation of a Department of Scientific and Industrial Research in India to promote the application of research to natural resources does not appear to be necessary." The Indian DSIR was rejected, however, the colonial government provided a small concession. It instead offered to create an Industrial Intelligence and Research Bureau, which came into operation in April 1935 under the Indian Stores Department. The Bureau's limited resources (with a budget of INR 1.0 lakh per annum) made it impossible to initiate major research and industrial activities as had hoped for. It was mainly concerned with testing and quality control.[4]

At the onset of World War II in 1939, the bureau was proposed to be abolished. Arguably, Arcot Ramaswamy Mudaliar became the most instrumental in the creation of CSIR in India.[5] As a member of Viceroy’s executive council, and also of Commerce, he recommended that the Bureau should be terminated, not as a measure of economy, but to make room for a Board of Scientific and Industrial Research, which should be endowed with greater resources and wider objectives. It was by this persistence that the Board of Scientific and Industrial Research (BSIR) was created on 1 April 1940 for a period of two years. Mudaliar became the chair of the board. It was at this point that Bhatnagar was appointed to pilot the board, as the Director. The BSIR was allocated an annual budget of INR 500,000 under the Department of Commerce. By the end of 1940, about 80 researchers were engaged, of whom one-quarter was directly employed. Major achievements of BSIR included development of the techniques for the purification of Baluchistan sulphur anti-gas cloth manufacture, vegetable oil blends as fuel and lubricants, plastic packing cases for army boots and ammunition, dyes for uniforms and the preparation of vitamins, and the invention of a pyrethrum emulsifier and cream. In early 1941 Bhatnagar persuaded the government to set up an Industrial Research Utilisation Committee (IRUC) for translating results into application. The government then agreed to make a separate fund out of the royalties received from industry for further investment into industrial research. Mudaliar recommended that an Industrial Research Fund should be constituted, which would have an annual grant of INR 1,000,000 (one million) for a period of five years. This was accepted by the Central Assembly in Delhi at its session on 14 November 1941.

Then the constitution of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as an autonomous body was prepared under Mudaliar and Bhatnagar. Thus, CSIR came into operation on 28 September 1942. The BSIR and IRUC were incorporated into the advisory bodies to the governing body of the CSIR. In 1943 the governing body of CSIR approved the proposal of Bhatnagar, though the initiative of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, to establish five national laboratories — the National Chemical Laboratory, the National Physical Laboratory, the Fuel Research Station, and the Glass and Ceramics Research Institute. In 1944 in addition to its annual budget of INR 1 million, CSIR received a grant of INR 10 million for the establishment of these laboratories. The Tata Industrial House donated INR 2 million for the chemical, metallurgical and fuel research laboratories.[4] The foundation for the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute at Kolkata was the first to be laid, in December 1945; and that for the National Chemical Laboratory at Pune was the last, on 6 April 1947, four months before India became independent.[6] All the five establishments were completed by 1950.[5]

CSIR achievements[edit]

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology[edit]

The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prizes are awarded annually by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in biological, chemical, earth, atmosphere, ocean and planetary, engineering, mathematical, medical and physical sciences. The prize comprises a citation, a plaque, and a cash award of Rs. 500,000. In addition recipients also get Rs. 15,000 per month up to the age of 65 years.

Research laboratories under CSIR[edit]

  1. AMPRI - Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute, Bhopal
  2. C-MMACS - CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation, Bangalore
  3. CBRI - CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee (visit www.cbri.res.in)
  4. CCMB- Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad
  5. CDRI - Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow
  6. CECRI- Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Karaikudi
  7. CEERI - Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani [1]
  8. CFTRI - Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore
  9. CGCRI - Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata
  10. CIMAP - Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow
  11. CIMFR - Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (Merged entity of CMRI and CFRI), Dhanbad
  12. CLRI - Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai
  13. CMERI - Central mechanical engineering research institute, Durgapur
  14. CRRI - Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi
  15. CSIO - Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh
  16. CSMCRI - Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar [2]
  17. IGIB - Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi [3]
  18. IHBT - Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur
  19. IICB - Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata
  20. IICT - Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
  21. IIIM, Jammu - Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu [4]
  22. IIP - Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun
  23. IMMT - Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar [5]
  24. IMTECH - Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh
  25. IITR - Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow (formerly known as Industrial Toxicology Research Centre)
  26. NAL - National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore
  27. NBRI - National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow
  28. NCL - National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
  29. NEERI - National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur (www.neeri.res.in)
  30. NGRI - National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad
  31. NIO - National Institute of Oceanography, Goa
  32. NISCAIR - National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi
  33. NISTADS - National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi
  34. NML - National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur
  35. NPL - National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi
  36. NEIST (RRL), Jorhat - North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat , Jorhat [6]
  37. National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology - Thiruvananthapuram
  38. SERC, M - Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai
  39. URDIP Unit for Research and Development of Information Products, Pune [7]

Controversies[edit]

CSIR has been flagged in ongoing efforts to root out corruption in India.[17] Despite being established with the directive to do translational research and create real technologies, CSIR has been accused of devolving into an ritualistic, overly-bureaucratic organization that does little more than churn out papers.[18][19]

There are many issues facing Indian scientists, with some - such as MIT systems scientist VA Shiva Ayyadurai - calling for transparency, a meritocratic system, and an overhaul of the bureaucratic agencies that oversee science and technology.[20][21] Sumit Bhaduri stated, “[t]he challenges of turning Indian science into part of an innovation process are many. … Many competent Indian scientists aspire to be ineffectual administrators [due to administrative power and political patronage], rather than do the kind of science that makes a difference.”[22] Prime minister Manmohan Singh spoke at the 99th Indian Science Congress and commented on the state of the sciences in India, after an advisory council informed him there were problems with “the overall environment for innovation and creative work” and a ‘warlike’ approach was needed.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b About us - 2007
  2. ^ a b CSIR Web site
  3. ^ Minster of S&T claims India made 1,300-odd inventions in a decade
  4. ^ a b Vigyan Prasar Science Portal. "Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar". vigyanprasar.gov.in. Vigyan Prasar. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Sivaram C (2002). "The genesis of CSIR". Resonance 7 (4): 98. 
  6. ^ Sivaram S (2002). "Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar: A Visionary Extraordinary". Resonance 7 (4): 90–97. doi:10.1007/bf02836142. 
  7. ^ http://www.mahindraswaraj.com/files/profile_history.htm
  8. ^ Angier, Natalie (March 22, 1990). "Bamboo Coaxed to Flower in Lab; Global Impact on the Crop Is Seen". New York Times. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Showcasing the CSIR". The Hindu (Thiruvananthapuram, India). 8 May 2003. 
  10. ^ National Aeronautics Laboratory, India (2008). "Flosolver Division". Brief description of the history of the NAL Flosolver Division and its current work. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  11. ^ "CSIR-Achievements". CSIR, India. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "TCS bio-suite unveiled". The Hindu (Hyderabad, India). 15 July 2004. 
  13. ^ R. Guruprasad, National Aerospace Laboratory, India (2004). "The Saga of Saras: Part 1". [PD IM 0407] History and details of the inception and development of Saras. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  14. ^ "CSIR chief stress on non-patent literature database". Business Line. 23 September 2000. 
  15. ^ "Biopiracy and traditional knowledge". The Hindu (India). 20 May 2001. 
  16. ^ http://abclive.in/abclive_health/csir_human_genome_sequencing.html[dead link]
  17. ^ Reddy, Prashant (20 May 2012). "CSIR Tech. Pvt. Ltd: Its controversial past and its uncertain future". SpicyIP.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Indian Scientists Claim Lab Corruption". ScienceNOW. 23 January 1998. 
  19. ^ Singh, Mahendra Pratap (February 13, 2010). "GROUND REPORT INDIA: Without prejudice, fingers point to Rs. 50.00 Lakhs financial embezzlement by Dr. R. Tuli, Director". 
  20. ^ Jayaraman, K.S. (9 November 2009). "Report row ousts top Indian scientist". Nature. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  21. ^ Ayyadurai, VA Shiva (16 December 2012). "VA Shiva’s Lecture at Indian Science Congress Centenary". 
  22. ^ Bhaduri, Sumit (Jan 8, 2013). "Indian science must break free from the present bureaucratic culture to come up with big innovative ideas". Times Of India. 
  23. ^ Jayaraman, K.S. (6 January 2012). "Indian science in need of overhaul". Nature. 

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