Tuesday, November 30, 2021

VP asks CSIR to reinvent itself and turn futuristic

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. (File Photo)

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on September 26, 2021, advised the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to reinvent itself and turn futuristic while pursuing the science of the highest order.

Participating in the 80th Foundation Day celebrations of CSIR here on Sunday, he wanted CSIR laboratories and institutes to address challenges that require long-term scientific and technological solutions.

In particular, VP Naidu wanted CSIR to bestow greater attention on agricultural research and come out with new innovations, techniques, and solutions to address the problems faced by farmers.

He cited climate change, drug resistance, pollution, epidemic, and pandemic outbreaks, among the challenges that need the focus of the scientific community.

“Each laboratory of the CSIR must come out with a clear roadmap on the new research projects that seek to address various challenges and contribute to the larger good of humanity”, the VP stressed.

He also lauded the CSIR by saying that its scientists and researchers worked tirelessly to develop solutions—be it diagnostics, vaccines, medicines, makeshift hospitals and medical assistive devices.

Observing that investment by industries in R&D in India was insignificant, Vice President Naidu urged corporates and industries to form close linkages with leading scientific institutions, identify important R & D projects and invest in them.

The Vice President, who gave away Young Scientists Awards, complimented the winners of various awards, including the CSIR Innovation Award for School Children.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Science and Technology Dr Jitendra Singh said that he would like CSIR and all the science departments to brainstorm and come up with a blueprint of the S&T innovations needed in the next ten years if we have to be globally competitive.

The Minister said, “We should not restrict our ambition to be best in India but be best in the world”.

Dr Jitendra Singh underlined that India is blessed with the demographic dividend of youth and they can take up any challenge with the right training and motivation.

Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India Vijay Raghavan, Director-General CSIR, Shekhar C Mande and Anjan Ray, Head, CSIR-HRDG, senior scientists, researchers, and awardees were present on the occasion. (Press Release)  

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