Jamshedpur : City based CSIR–National Metallurgical Laboratory, celebrated the 73nd CSIR Foundation Day amidst enthusiasm.
A total of 270 students from five institutes, namely – NML Kerala Public School, Agrico, BPM+2 High School; Sister Nivedita English High School, Burmamines; Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Sundarnagar and Aditya Institute of Technology, Adityapur were especially invited.
CSIR–NML director, Dr. S. Srikanth while delivering the welcome address traced the history of CSIR, right from the formative days and also elaborated on future plan. Dr. Srikanth said, “CSIR pervades all aspects – social, economic and quality life.
After the economic liberalization in the 1990’s, the emphasis was on market driven R&D and partial self sustenance, although it was also continuously stressed that R&D should essentially meet the needs of the people of the country.
After the present government has taken over, they have placed renewed emphasis on financial self sustenance as well as alignment of R&D towards several of the country’s mission programs enunciated by the Prime Minister such as Swachch Bharat, Make in India, Swasthya Bharat, Skill India, Smart Cities, Digital India and Namami Ganga. CSIR is making a concerted effort to align several of our programs with these missions.
There is no denying the fact that in the future, market forces will dictate and determine the direction of R&D, whether in the industrial, strategic or societal sectors. Therefore, an organization has to remain relevant and internationally competitive”.
While delivering the foundation day lecture on “CSIR – A path Forward”, Chief Guest Dr. T Ramasami, Former Secretary Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India said, “Foundation day of an organization is like anniversary of wedding of happily married couple. On this day, relationships are renewed and commitments made are reiterated. It is day of re–dedication to enduring relationship with the cause.
There are several landmarks in the history of CSIR which connected the strength of the agency to the national agenda of transition to industrial economy.
According to Dr. Ramasami, in next 10 years, India is likely to emerge as one of the four major economies of the world; Demography with about 30 per cent share of global youth population, is likely to make India a major market for consumer goods; India can not remain a major importer of high technology based goods with negative balance of trade.
It will not be sustainable, therefore, make India flagship for technology-enabled development of the country is more than a need. A path forward for CSIR translation research for technology leadership should include – Insight into industrial needs of time; Critical investments; Partnerships and alliances; and Sense of time in R&D priority selection.
Dr. Ramasami mentioned about 10 point agenda for CSIR for making it a more vibrant organisation. These are – Clear selection and enrolment of industrial sectors for technology missions and transformative actions; Preparation of sector specific technology missions linking to national missions; Finalization of detailed economic feasibility reports for mission mode action; Resource mobilization plans for portfolio; Establishment of partnerships and alliances for overall R&D plan; Capitalization of intellectual assets and strengths in mind to market Chain; Creation of niches for global innovation leadership for transnational space; Positioning a master plan through consensus and enrolment of internal stakeholders for R&D portfolio of private, public and social goods; Position a financial plan for major deliverables for private and public good’ and Redesigning governance to suit portfolio for technology partnerships/translations.