Established in September 1942, The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is known the world over, for its cutting-edge R&D knowledge base in diverse S&T areas. CSIR, the largest public funded R&D organization in the country with 39 labs, has expertise covering a wide spectrum of science and technology: from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering, and information technology. CSIR provides significant technological intervention in several domain areas that include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm, and non-farm sectors, to name a few.
CSIR-IITR, Lucknow celebrated the 81st Foundation Day of CSIR on 28th September 2022.
Welcoming the gathering, Professor N Manickam, Chief Scientist, CSIR–IITR reiterated that the foundation day of any organization is also the right time to strategize for the future. He said that CSIR has been at the forefront of innovations and has appropriately transformed itself to sync with the requirements of the present times.
Guest of Honour for the day, Professor S.K. Barik, Director CSIR–National Botanical Research Institute shared his thoughts on the journey of CSIR and said that 80 years in the life of an organization as large as this is a momentous occasion to celebrate and rejoice.
Delivering the CSIR Foundation Day Lecture, Professor Soniya Nityanand, Director, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow spoke about the role of CSIR in inspiring her scientific journey. She described the role of stem cell research in tackling present day medical challenges. She also opined that the varied therapeutic applications of both embryonic and mesenchymal stem cells make them a promising option available to the medical fraternity.
In his presidential address, Dr Bhaskar Narayan, Director, CSIR–IITR suggested that as science enthusiasts, one should always be open to the concept of “learn to un-learn to re-learn”. He reiterated the relevance of carving vibrant collaborations between the various scientific institutions in the city. Dr Narayan while praising the significant R&D contributions made by CSIR-IITR in the past, expressed hope that the Institute would continue to contribute in more meaningful ways to society. Dr Bhaskar Narayan wished that CSIR-IITR staff and scholars remain happy, healthy, and productive in all walks of life.
The institute was kept open for visitors to come and interact with the scientific community. About 100 students from local schools and colleges were invited to the institute. An essay writing competition was conducted for children of CSIR employees on 23 Sep 2022 and prizes for the same were given away during the function. The institute also recognized and honoured its employees completing 25 years of Council Service and those who have superannuated during the previous year.
Dr Alok Kumar Pandey, Principal Scientist of the institute proposed the vote of thanks.