Union Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences Vilasrao Deshmukh on Friday inaugurated the CSIR leadership conference at Institute of Microbial Technology,Chandigarh,a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research,New Delhi. In this conference about 100 scientific leaders of CSIR,including 38 directors of its national laboratories spread all over India are participating.
Addressing the media,Deshmukh said that this meet was organized once every year where the CSIR family gets together to take stock of the progress made so far and to chalk out the future plan for research apart from various management issues including HRD.
He said that the aim was to create world-class facilities in the CSIR labs for the benefit of industry since this is not possible for every industry to spend huge money required for developing infrastructure for research. Citing an example of Bhubhneshwar,he said it was not affordable for villagers to have their own water treatment plants but with the help of technology it was possible to have an economical solution to providing healthy water to everyone in the rural areas.
Deshmukh appreciated the progress made by CSIR and said that he wanted that more and more young talent joins this system to further strengthen this process. He said that an academy AcSIR has been established by passing the Bill so that the problem of brain drain is contained and the young students instead of opting for going abroad to pursue research can now take up higher studies within the country itself.
An MoU will be signed between CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation,and CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology,Chandigarh,on Saturday to encourage younger colleagues to pursue research in trans-disciplinary areas.
This MoU sets down the mutually agreed broad framework for setting up of Joint Research Initiative,proposed activities and the modalities for its operations. The main objectives of the Joint Research Initiative would be to nurture,promote and encourage research at the interface of Engineering Physics and Biology.
In addition,JRI will also promote joint pursuit of business development,IP protection and licensing of IP,joint supervisionImentoring of doctoral research students,exchange of scientific and technical information,and also faculty,students,research scholars/associates between the two organisations will explore untapped areas of high science leading to technological outcomes.
Prof Samir K Brahmachari,Secretary,Department of Scientific and Industrial Research,& Director General,Council of Scientific and Industrial Research,said that last year 52 students were selected for AcSIR and all of them were now pursuing research in India. He said that he wanted to steer the academy to such heights that instead of Indian students going abroad foreign students may come to join this academy in India. He said that the conference had proposed to have continuous interaction between the industry and the research organizations.
Later in the evening,the minister visited Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) and went around various labs of the Institute.