Annual Events

A perfect blend of science and technology marked the environment day celebrations at city based CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research. Welcoming the gathering, Director of the Institute, Prof. Alok Dhawan said, the Institute was privileged to host Padmashri Prof. D. Balasubramanian, Former Director, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad and Distinguished Scientist, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad and Padmashri Dr. Nitya Anand, Former Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, reflecting Institute’s commitment towards converting fundamental science into tangible human benefit. Also present were former and serving scientists and staff of CSIR-IITR.

Go Green with alternative fuel resources to save environment, says Prof. Balasubramanian

Padmashri Prof. Balasubramanian, delivered the XXI Dr. C. R. Krishnamurti Memorial Oration on the occasion. Speaking on global warming, he highlighted the need to forego fossil fuels so that the future world can cherish the clean and green environment.  Dr. Balasubramanian said that it is high time to go green by using alternative energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy apart from bioelectricity generation from Microbial fuel cells. 

The function was presided over by Padmashri Dr. Nitya Anand Former Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. He stated that the environment is the most sacred place facilitating the survival of life and hence needs to be conserved. He suggested that schools and colleges shall have a regular course in environmental science. He also requested everyone to pledge for implementing actions towards the safe environment.  

A report entitled “Assessment of Ambient Air Quality of Lucknow City during Pre-Monsoon, 2017: Findings of a Random Survey", prepared by Environmental Monitoring Division of the Institute was released on this occasion. Details of the report are available on the institute’s website.

CSIR–IITR conducted a painting competition for school students in two age groups, the prizes for which were distributed on the occasion. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Er A.H. Khan Principal Scientist, CSIR-IITR and convener of the function.

CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, the premier toxicology institute in the country, celebrated its 52nd Annual Day on November 04, 2017 at its Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Lucknow campus.

Professor Arun Tiwari, Former Missile Scientist, and Author was the chief guest of the function which was presided over by Padma Shri Dr. Nitya Anand, Former Director, CSIR-CDRI.

Professor Alok Dhawan, Director of the institute welcomed the gathering and presented the annual report of the Institute for the year 2016-2017. He described several notable contributions of the institute in the year gone by and said that the Foundation Day was an appropriate occasion to cherish the successes of the past and set goals for the future by rededicating oneself to fulfilling the mission of the institute. He reiterated the institute’s commitment to the National Mission Programmes like Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat, Skill India, Namami Gange etc and informed the gathering that the institute was releasing its Annual Report in the digital format, in sync with the Digital India Programme.

Following release of the annual report, Dr. D. Kar Chowdhuri, Chief Scientist, CSIR-IITR and Chairman of the Organizing Committee introduced the guests.

While delivering the Annual Day address, Professor Arun Tiwari said that the widening gap between the “have’s” and “have-not’s” is a hurdle in the country’s all round development. He suggested that increased social responsibility, even by individuals is the best way forward.

Padma Shri Dr. Nitya Anand delivered the presidential address and congratulated the CSIR–IITR family on the important milestone while simultaneously urging the institute not to rest on past laurels. He exhorted the scientists to work towards fulfilling the dreams of the founding fathers of the nation.

On this occasion, CSIR-IITR Annual Report (both in Hindi and English), a compilation of CSIR-IITR in the print media, a brochure describing the CITAR Facility (Centre for Innovation and Translational Research), a book on Nanotoxicology and the institute’s calendar for the year 2018 were also released. Several staff members of the CSIR-IITR family were recognized for their distinguished service to the institute.

Dr. Devendra Parmar, Chief Scientist proposed a vote of thanks. The celebrations concluded with a cultural extravaganza by the research scholars of the Institute.

CSIR Platinum Jubilee Celebration

75 years is only a fraction of the lifetime of an organization. Institutions completing 75 years are still believed to be in their infancy. This thought was echoed during the 76th Foundation Day and concluding ceremony of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that was celebrated with great enthusiasm at the premier toxicology institute of the country, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR).

Welcoming the gathering, Prof Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research said that the onus is on the present day scientists to instill scientific curiosity in the youth of today and encourage them to take up basic sciences as a profession. The presence of 4-5 generations of scientists among the audience is a testament to the relevance of the yeomen contributions the institute has made both in cutting edge research and nurturing scientific talent in the country. He reiterated the fact that several researchers in leadership positions in both the private and government sector have had their initial training at this institute. 

Dr. Poonam Kakkar, Chief Scientist, CSIR-IITR and Chairperson Organizing Committee introduced the guests and the speaker for the day.

Delivering the CSIR Foundation Day Lecture titled, “Monoisoamyl DMSA, a new drug for Arsenic Toxicity”, Dr. S.J.S. Flora, Director National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Raebareli described the journey of the drug from early stage discovery to its present stage where it is undergoing Phase II clinical trials. The seeds of his keen interest in metal toxicity and its impact on human health were sown in his early research days at this very institute. He appreciated the catalytic role the institute played in shaping his research career that began in CSIR-IITR, attained success in the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and now at NIPER, Raebareli. Researchers across the globe have been working on newer strategies for the development of better clinical therapies to overcome the side effects of currently available treatment using Dimercaptosuccinicacid (DMSA). This prompted the efforts to look for DMSA derivatives with greater lipophilic properties to ensure greater intracellular access. The effectiveness of MiADMSA as a chelator was proved both as a remover of Arsenic from the body and a preventer of other biochemical alterations. Several comparative studies have validated the superior efficacy of MiADMSA in lowering the Arsenic burden from the body.

The function was presided over by Dr. V.P. Kamboj, Chairman Board of Directors, Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi and former Director CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow. Dr. Kamboj opined that single minded devotion to one's goal will eventually ensure success as was demonstrated by the efforts of the founding fathers of CSIR viz., Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar, Arcot Ramaswamy Muddaliar, Meghnad Saha etc. Also, present on the occasion were several former directors and scientists of the institute. 

The institute also felicitated its employees completing 25 years of service and those who superannuated in the previous year. Prizes were also given away for the essay writing competition that was conducted for children of CSIR employees.

Dr. Y Shukla, Chief Scientist, CSIR- Indian Institute of Toxicology Research and Convener of the Organizing Committee delivered the vote of thanks.

An exhibition of the contributions made/technologies developed by CSIR-IITR was also organized and the institute was open to the citizenry of Lucknow to experience firsthand, Research and Development activities of the institute. Several students from schools and colleges of Lucknow were also present on the occasion.

सीएसआईआर-भारतीय विषविज्ञान अनुसंधान संस्‍थान में हिंदी सप्‍ताह 2017 के उद्घाटन समारोह का आयोजन

सीएसआईआर-भारतीय विषविज्ञान अनुसंधान संस्थान, लखनऊ में आज दिनांक 14 सितंबर, 2017 को प्रातः 10:30 बजे एस.एच. जैदी सभागार में हिंदी सप्ताह के उद्घाटन समारोह का आयोजन किया गया। श्री चंद्र मोहन तिवारी, हिंदी अधिकारी, सीएसआईआर-आईआईटीआर ने अतिथिगण का परिचय दिया। समारोह के मुख्य अतिथि श्री पीयूष वर्मा, क्षेत्रीय पासपोर्ट अधिकारी, लखनऊ एवं विशिष्ट अतिथि डॉ. अनिल रस्तोगी, वैज्ञानिक एवं फिल्म कलाकार थे। इस अवसर पर मुख्य अतिथि श्री पीयूष वर्मा ने अपने संबोधन में कहा कि केवल हिंदी दिवस को नहीं संपूर्ण वर्ष इसी चेतना एवं संकल्प से हिंदी में अधिक से अधिक कार्य करें। हमें अपनी भाषा पर गर्व करना चाहिए। सरल भाषा का प्रयोग करते हुए विज्ञान की छोटी–छोटी पुस्तके हिंदी भाषा में लिखना चाहिए। भाषा को रोज़गार से जोड़ना चाहिए। हम सभी को हिंदी भाषा के विकास के लिए संकल्प लेना चाहिए। उन्होंने संस्थान की राजभाषा पत्रिका एवं हिंदी में किए जा रहे अन्य कार्यों की सराहना भी किया।

विशिष्ट अतिथि, डॉ. अनिल रस्तोगी ने अपने संबोधन में कहा कि हिंदी भाषा केवल भारत में ही नहीं अपितु अनेक देशों में बोली जाती है। उन्होंने भारत सरकार की विभिन्न हिंदी प्रोत्साहन योजनाओं तथा हिंदी भाषा में कार्य करने हेतु उपलब्ध डिजिटल टूल्स पर विस्तृत प्रकाश डालते हुए कहा कि हमें अपनी भाषा को बढ़ावा देने के लिए और गंभीर प्रयास करने चाहिए, हिंदी में सोचें, हिंदी में लिखें और हिंदी में ही बोलें। 

समारोह की अध्यक्षता संस्थान के निदेशक, प्रोफेसर आलोक धावन ने किया। उन्होंने अपने अध्यक्षीय संबोधन में कहा कि विज्ञान को आगे ले जाने हेतु भाषा एक सशक्त माध्यम है। किसी देश की उन्नति उसकी भाषा और संस्कृति से होती है। हिंदी भाषा बहुत समृद्ध भाषा है, इसका शब्द भंडार बहुत विशाल है, वैज्ञानिक और तकनीकी कार्य इसमें आसानी से किए जा सकते हैं। हमारा संस्थान इसमें अग्रसर है, अनेक शोध पत्र, वैज्ञानिक लेख हिंदी में लिखे जा रहे हैं। वर्ष 2016 में हिंदी में राष्ट्रीय वैज्ञानिक संगोष्ठी का सफलता पूर्वक आयोजन किया गया था और इस वर्ष 11–13 अक्टूबर, 2017 को अंतरराष्ट्रीय वैज्ञानिक संगोष्ठी होने जा रही है । हिंदी सप्ताह के दौरान हमें विचार करना चाहिए कि कैसे हम अपनी राजभाषा हिंदी को और आगे ले जा सकते हैं और पूरे वर्ष कैसे अधिक से अधिक इसका प्रयोग कर सकते हैं। हम अपनी राजभाषा को कैसे आगे ले जाएं, यह सोच हम सभी के अंदर होनी चाहिए। 

संस्थान के प्रशासन नियंत्रक, श्री अनिल कुमार ने बताया कि हिंदी सप्ताएह के दौरान अनेक प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन किया जाता है। इसमें वैज्ञानिक, तकनीकी एवं प्रशासनिक अधिकारी/कर्मचारी/शोध-छात्र बढ़-चढ़कर भाग लेते है। समारोह के अंत में उन्होंने धन्यवाद ज्ञापन प्रस्तुत किया। समारोह का संचालन श्री चंद्र मोहन तिवारी, हिंदी अधिकारी, सीएसआईआर-आईआईटीआर ने किया।


हिंदी सप्ताह 2017 के पुरस्‍कार वितरण एवं समापन समारोह का आयोजन

सीएसआईआर-भारतीय विषविज्ञान अनुसंधान संस्थान, लखनऊ में दिनांक 20 सितंबर, 2017 को एस.एच. जैदी सभागार में हिंदी सप्ताह के पुरस्कार वितरण समारोह का आयोजन किया गया। समारोह के संयोजक, श्री चंद्र मोहन तिवारी, हिंदी अधिकारी, सीएसआईआर-आईआईटीआर ने मुख्य अतिथि, पद्मश्री प्रोफ़ेसर प्रमोद टंडन, सी.ई.ओ. बायोटेक पार्क, लखनऊ का स्वागत किया। समारोह की अध्यक्षता संस्थान के निदेशक, प्रोफ़ेसर आलोक धावन ने किया। मुख्य अतिथि महोदय ने अपने संबोधन में कहा कि हिंदी से जुड़े कार्यक्रम में आकर हमें अपार प्रसन्नता होती है। हिंदी में वैज्ञानिक कार्य करने वाले संस्थान कम हैं, किंतु सीएसआईआर-आईआईटीआर में वैज्ञानिक एवं तकनीकी कार्य हिंदी में काफी किए जा रहे हैं, यह प्रसन्नता की बात है। शोध पत्र हिंदी में लिखे जा रहे हैं, यह बहुत अच्छी बात है, परंतु मैं वैज्ञानिकों और शोध छात्रों से आग्रह करता हूँ कि इस क्षेत्र में और परिश्रम करके अधिक से अधिक शोध पत्र हिंदी में प्रकाशित करें, जिससे कि आम जनता वैज्ञानिक उपलब्धियों का लाभ उठा सके। अनेक पुरस्कार प्राप्त संस्थान की राजभाषा पत्रिका ‘’विषविज्ञान संदेश’’ एक उल्लेखनीय प्रयास है, जो कि अति प्रसंशनीय है और यह हमारे लिए प्रेरणास्रोत है। इस संस्थान में जिस प्रकार हिंदी में कार्य किया जा रहा है, वह अपने आप में एक अनुकरणीय उदाहरण है। संबोधन के बाद मुख्य अतिथि ने 27 प्रतियोगिताओं के विजयी प्रतिभागियों को और निदेशक महोदय ने पिछले एक वर्ष में हिंदी में कार्य करने हेतु प्रोत्साहन योजना के अंतर्गत 11 नियमित स्टाफ को प्रमाणपत्र और पुरस्कार प्रदान किए। पुरस्कार के साथ-साथ हिंदी साहित्य की पुस्तकें भी प्रदान की गईं हैं। 

संस्थान के निदेशक, प्रोफेसर आलोक धावन ने अपने अध्यक्षीय संबोधन में कहा कि विज्ञान को आगे ले जाने हेतु भाषा एक सशक्त माध्यम है। अंग्रेजी भाषा में शब्द सीमित हैं, वहीं हिंदी के पास विस्तृत शब्द भण्डार है, वैज्ञानिक और तकनीकी कार्य इसमें आसानी से किए जा सकते हैं। हम अपनी राजभाषा को कैसे आगे ले जाएं, यह सोच हम सभी के अंदर होनी चाहिए। संस्थान से छमाही राजभाषा पत्रिका ”विषविज्ञान संदेश" प्रकाशित की जा रही है और पर्यावरण और स्वास्थ्य से संबंधित पुस्तकें शीघ्र प्रकाशित की जाएंगी, जिससे आम जनता इनका लाभ उठा सके। हम वैज्ञानिक उपलब्धियों को आम जनता तक पहुंचाने के लिए अग्रसर हैं। 

समारोह के अंत में संस्थान के प्रशासन नियंत्रक, श्री अनिल कुमार ने धन्यवाद प्रस्ताव दिया।

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Padmashri Prof. Balasubramanian, Former Director, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad and Distinguished Scientist, L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad delivered the XXI Dr C.R. Krishnamurti Memorial Oration on the occasion. Speaking on global warming, he highlighted the need to forego fossil fuels so that the future world can cherish the clean and green environment.  Dr. Balasubramanian said that it is high time to go green by using alternative energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy apart from bioelectricity generation from Microbial fuel cells. 


CSIR-IITR celebrated National Technology Day on 12th May, 2017. 

The day was marked by lectures by two distinguished technocrats and entrepreneurs. The first lecture was given by Dr. V. Premnath, Head NCL Innovations, CSIR-NCL Pune on “The journey from lab to market- some lessons, experiences and insights”. He spoke on how a problem based solution can be driven through scientific research to bring the same in the market and also cited examples of polymer science based materials to be used for hip replacement. The second lecture “Using technology for innovation” by Mr. Sudhi Raj Verma, Consulting partner, IKAN Innovation and Technology, Lucknow described the roadmap from creation to innovation to technology and finally to the market. 

Along with these lectures, two programs especially designed for the school and college students to be scientists/innovators/ entrepreneurs were also launched. A one day workshop on “Be a Scientist for a day” will be launched on May 18, 2017 and the second program to entice students by empowering them towards innovation and creation called EPIC will start from May 29, 2017 for two weeks. Both these programs will have support from three major science academies of the country. 

Professor Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR-IITR welcomed the dignitaries of the program. Dr. D Kar Chowdhuri, Chairman Organising Committee introduced the speakers and Dr. Smriti Priya, Convener of the program proposed a vote of thanks. Around 100 students from Maharshi Vidya Mandir and DAV College, Kanpur attended the program and interacted with the speakers.

This fact was elucidated by Padma Shri Chewang Norphel, popularly know as “Ice Man” of Ladakh. He was delivering a popular science lecture as a part of the National Science Day Celebrations at the institute. Post retirement from the Rural Development Department in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, Padma Shri Chewang Norphel took it upon himself to address the acute shortage of water in the Leh – Ladakh region of the state. He worked tirelessly in order to take his idea of creating artificial glaciers to its logical end. For a region where 80 % of the farmers depend on glacial meltdown water for their agricultural needs, artificial glaciers are a blessing for them.

Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Dr K. C. Khulbe, Senior Principal Scientist, also spoke about the genesis of the national science day celebrations in the country to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Sir C V Raman.

Delivering his presidential remarks, Professor Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, stressed upon the need for every individual to believe in his / her own idea and work towards fulfilling the same. This has been very well demonstrated by Sri Norphel, he said. CSIR – IITR is privileged to host Sri Norphel on a day celebrating science.

The institute also celebrated the day as an Open Day, throwing open its doors to common citizenry to experience cutting edge science first hand. An exhibition showcasing the services provided and technologies developed by the institute was also organized on the occasion. More than 200 undergraduate and post graduate students from city based colleges/universities were invited to visit the laboratories of the institute and interact with the scientific staff.

Dr. D Kar Chowdhuri, Chairperson, National Science Day Celebration Committee introduced the speaker and Dr. N. Manickam, Convener of the committee proposed the vote of thanks. 

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