CSIR’s institute to get autonomous university status

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research upcoming Advanced Institute of Science and Technology...

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:January 10, 2009 4:41 am

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s upcoming Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (AIST) got clearance by the Central Government on Thursday to be an autonomous university offering interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate courses ‘that were never offered in India’,as Samir Brahmachari,Director General of CSIR said on Friday.

The university will offer global participative innovative courses — like abrasion engineering,fabrionics — that have never been offered in India,he said during the diamond jubilee celebrations of National Chemical Laboratory.

“The power of the board of members of this university will be all inclusive and they will not have to approach the government for every clearance. We will also ensure that more younger people will get to be the decision makers at the university,” Brahmachari said. The university will be spread across CSIR’s 30 laboratories in the country.

In another announcement,Brahmachari said that a CSIR innovations complex is underway at the NCL campus which will bring all the science innovations together to create knowledgable wealth and affordable health care — the two major challenges faced by CSIR. Similar centres are planned at Chennai and Delhi,he said.

Some of the other challenges faced by CSIR are catalysing industrial growth,nurturing human resource in science and technology,creating technology for the masses and pioneering India’s intellectual property movement.

Brahmachari gave away various awards to NCL scientists on this occasion. The function was attended by Dr Raghunath Mashelkar,NCL director S Sivaram among others.

City faces high risk from diabetes,hypertension
According to Samir Brahmachari,director general of CSIR,who also led the Indian Genome Variation Consotium Project,“people who are born and brought up in Maharashtra and Gujarat faces high risk from hypertension and less protection against diabetes.” He said that it is serious among vegetarians with folate deficiency.

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