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Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), established in 1942, is an autonomous Society whose president is the Prime Minister of India. CSIR is amongst the foremost scientific and industrial research organizations in the world.

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting edge R&D knowledgebase in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization. Having a pan-India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units. CSIR’s R&D expertise and experience is embodied in about 4600 active scientists supported by about 8000 scientific and technical personnel.

CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology. It provides significant technological intervention in many areas with regard to societal efforts which include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors. Further, CSIR’s role in S & T human resource development is noteworthy.

Vision and Mission

CSIR’s renewed mission is inspired by the remarks made by President of CSIR Society to CSIR to build. "The new CSIR that will fulfil the aspirations of modern India…” so CSIR’s mission is simply – to build a new CSIR for a new India.

CSIR’s Vision

“Pursue science which strives for global impact, technology that enables innovation – driven industry and nurture transdisciplinary leadership thereby catalyzing inclusive economic development for the people of India”

The people and nation-centre thrust to science, technology and societal pursuits remains the cornerstone of CSIR’s mission. In view of rising dreams and aspirations of the nation, its expectation from CSIR and the other public funded institutions is ever increasing. Not only are the pace of scientific and technological growth and the aspirations of higher living standards evident today but also many age old myths of economy and growth have been broken; e.g., the shift from manufacturing to services; capital resources; population as a burden to human resource as an asset; national needs to international opportunities and so on. The changed scenario has inspired CSIR towards:

  • Science and engineering leadership
  • Innovative technology solutions
  • Open innovation and crown sourcing
  • Nurturing talent in transdisciplinary areas
  • Science based entrepreneurship
  • Socio-economic transformation through S & T intervention

CSIR Labs

CSIR JIGYASA

CSIR has been engaging with the society through various initiatives and one of the latest key activity is the Student-Scientist Connect called as "JIGYASA".
 
"JIGYASA" is one of the major initiative taken up by CSIR at national level, during its Platinum Jubilee Celebration Year. CSIR is widening and deepening its Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) further with the programme. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to implement this programme. The focus of this scheme is on connecting school students and scientists so as to extend student's classroom learning with well-planned research laboratory based learning.
 
Models of Engagement 

  • Student Residential Programmes
  • Scientists as Teachers and Teachers as Scientists
  • Lab Specific Activities / Onsite Experiments
  • Visits of Scientists to Schools / Outreach Programmes
  • Science and Maths Clubs
  • Popular Lecture Series/ Demonstration Programme at Schools
  • Student Apprenticeship Programmes
  • Science Exhibitions
  • Projects of National Children's Science Congress
  • Teacher Workshops
  • Tinkering Laboratories

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) India, the late Dr. (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and is known as the ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize’. The prize is given each year for outstanding contributions to science and technology.

SSB Prizes, each of the value of Rs. 500000, are awarded annually for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in the following disciplines:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

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Source: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)



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