Message from Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director General CSIR

Message from Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director General, CSIR


My Dear CSIR Family Members,


As we draw curtains on the year 2020, it is time to, introspect the year that went by, and contemplate the way ahead in 2021. This moment allows us to assess collectively, and individually, whether the targets set forth have been accomplished. It is also time to appreciate the achievements, and learn from the shortcomings for the times to come.

At the beginning of this year little did we know that 2020 would witness a situation of such a magnitude that despite all the scientific progress achieved in the last hundred years, humanity would be truly humbled by a virus. Yet, it was also evident that Science alone could provide a solution to the problem. As a premier S&T organization, CSIR had to continuously assess the unfolding situation and ensure that we do our best to help alleviate the problem, focusing on the societal and economic needs of our nation. It is often said that in times of crisis lies opportunities, and the defining feature of all great organizations has been to seize such moments. CSIR as an organization has worked hard and rallied to convert the crisis into an opportunity, and work for the benefit of the country. I offer my own sincere gratitude to all of you for rising to the occasion and demonstrating the spirit of togetherness, the zeal for innovation, and converting our deep technical knowledge base into high value solutions to mitigate the pandemic.

The remarkable contributions of CSIR in Covid-19 mitigation which have ranged from diagnostics like FELUDA to ventilators like SwasthVayu to drugs like Favipiravir and many more can be attributed to multiple factors. This includes the blend of young and the mature scientists, highly motivated students and project staff, and contributions from committed common cadre staff and contractual staff. Another major factor has been the multidisciplinary character of CSIR. Although we work in different geographical locations, and in defined areas of research, the fact that we have within our own family, people who specialize in different areas and are ready to offer a helping hand in times of need is reassuring. This has richly paid its dividend in Covid-19 and has allowed to exploit that very nature of our multi-disciplinarity and deliver the innovations in a very short span of time. One of our New Year resolve must therefore be to harness the power of multi-disciplinary nature of CSIR, to forge collaborations across laboratories and external stakeholders, and to bring even more impactful solutions to the society in the post-Covid era. 

Moving forward we need to plan for post Covid era diligently and recently the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, and President of CSIR Society has given a clarion call for AtmaNirbhar Bharat. CSIR must seize this opportunity and deliver to make India self-reliant through S&T and Innovation. A strategy and road map has been prepared by CSIR with wide consultations with a plan to implement many of the ideas in the coming year. For a focussed implementation, the eight broad theme verticals have now been further sub-divided into 53 sub-verticals and wide ranging consultative process was carried out recently and a strategy plan has been evolved which will accelerate delivery. Further, CSIR HQ has been reorganized with a vision to focus on innovation, technology development and strong stakeholder connect with industry and ministries for rapid and effective dissemination of the activities to society at large.  

Beyond self-reliance, it is time to contemplate about our future programs, and how we can remain at the forefront of scientific research, technology developments, and translation in collaboration with industrial partners for larger societal benefit. CSIR has made forays into research on clean Hydrogen fuel, conversion of coal to methanol, Carbon capture, utilization and storage, off shore power generation, genome editing using contemporary CRISPR/Cas technique which are some of the emerging and futuristic areas. We should identify the future needs and plan for the R&D and for that it is necessary that all of us continuously engage with each other and ideate on the future of Science, and CSIR’s contributions. It is only with open and inclusive discussions we can hope to remain at the forefront of S&T globally.

There has been excellent work achieved in many areas in recent times and key highlights includes a record generation of Lab Reserve Fund (LRF), thanks to the enormous efforts of scientists and technical staff.  In the last financial year, CSIR has generated in excess of Rs 1000 Crores, which we should be proud of. Another big accomplishment has been the successful conduct of India International Science Festival(IISF), 2020. The IISF has been conducted since 2015, but given the extraordinary situation this year, it had its own challenges. CSIR was the nodal agency to conduct the entire event and I would like to place on record contributions of all involved in making this event successful.

Another notable milestone has been the successful implementation of the cadre review process in CSIR.  The current process was initiated in 2014 and the last cadre review took place more than 25 years ago. Given the scale of its magnitude, and the complexities involved, this has been truly an excellent achievement. Covid-19 has demonstrated the power of electronic communications, digitization of processes, and enablement of all activities by IT-led solutions and we have been able to implement the ERP this year. However, a lot more needs to be done and we must resolve to move to digitization of all our activities in near future. Only then can we dream to be a next-gen organization and aspire to be among the global best.

On a somber note, this year CSIR has lost some of its most distinguished leaders of the past, which includes Prof. SK Joshi and Prof. Roddam Narasimha. Both of them continue to inspire us, and we are committed to realize their vision.

Finally, 2020 year has been an unusual year with the pandemic causing uncertainty and loss but also demonstrating the power of science, strength of R&D and the commitment of people to rise to the challenges. It has provided CSIR an opportunity to show its strength and tremendous resilience in dealing with the crisis. We must continue on the same path of delivery in the coming year and bring high value to society through our interventions. I wish all of you, your family and friends the very best for 2021.


Shekhar C. Mande

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CSIR-NISTADS at a Glance: A Journey of 40 Years from 1980 to 2020

CSIR-NISTADS at a Glance

A Journey of 40 Years

1980 to 2020

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Press Release "Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Honorable Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Vice President, CSIR, releases CSIR-NISTADS e-Compendium and e-Coffee Table Book on 30th September 2020, on the occasion of institute's 40th Foundation Day

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Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Honorable Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Vice President, CSIR, releases CSIR-NISTADS e-Compendium and e-Coffee Table Book on 30th September 2020, on the occasion of institute's 40th Foundation Day. The Honorable Minister also launched CSIR Technologies for rural development on the occasion

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On the occasion of 40th Foundation Day of CSIR-NISTADS “Launch of CSIR Technologies for Rural Development” and "CSIR-NISTADS Coffee Table Book and Compendium in electronic format " on 30th September 2020 at 3.00 PM

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Launch of CSIR Technologies for Rural Development

A Joint Initiative of CSIR, UBA and VIBHA


40th Foundation Day of CSIR-NISTADS

September 30, 2020 at 3.00 PM


Inaugural Session:


Prof. Ranjana Aggarwal, Director, CSIR-NISTADS

Welcome Address



Dr. Shekhar C.  Mande, DG-CSIR, Secretary, DSIR, GOI

About CSIR Rural Technologies



Prof. Virendra Kumar Vijay, National Coordinator, UBA, Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Hauz Khas, New Delhi

Overview of   UBA



Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Padma Bhushan,  National Steering Committee, UBA    

Introduction to VIBHA and ‘Swadeshi’ Science



Prof. Vivek Kumar, Center for Rural Development and Technology(CRDT), IIT Delhi, Coordinator-IIT, UBA

Roadmap for Implementation  of CSIR Rural technologies



Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Honourable Minister of Science, Technology and Earth Sciences & Minister of Health and Family Welfare             

Keynote Address

Release of CSIR Technologies for Rural Development



Release of CSIR-NISTADS e-Compendium & e-Coffee Table Book by Honourable Minister




Dr. Yogesh Suman, UBA Coordinator for CSIR-NISTADS

Vote of Thanks



Session II: 03.50 PM onwards  


Moderated by Dr. Priyanka Kaushal, CRDT, IIT Delhi

Showcasing of CSIR Technologies for rural development (10 Minutes each)

  1. Improved bee hive for quality and hygienic extraction of honey,  CSIR-IHBT, Palampur
  2. Technology for manufacturing of Ginger paste,  CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore
  3. Dehumidified drier for food and agri products,  CSIR-NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram
  4. Technology for agricultural waste (wheat bran, sugarcane bagasse and fruit peels) based biodegradable plates, cups and cutleries,  CSIR-NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram

Q/A and Discussion

Talk on "Socio-economic impact analysis of CSIR Technologies: A case study of paraffin wax" by Dr. Yogesh Suman on of September 29, 2020 from 11 Am onwards


Topic: Socio-economic impact analysis of CSIR Technologies: A case study of paraffin wax

Speaker: Dr. Yogesh Suman, Senior Principal Scientist

Date: September 19, 2020

Time: 11 Am onwards

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Faculty Talk "An Introduction to TRL Methodology for Researchers" - Dr. Vipan Kumar on 15th September, 2020 at 1100 Hrs

Faculty Talk

Topic: An Introduction to TRL Methodology for Researchers

Speaker:  Dr. Vipan Kumar

Date: 15th September, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM

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हिंदी पखवाड़ा 14-28/09/2020


हिंदी पखवाड़ा उद्घाटन समारोह

दिनांक14-09-2020 (सोमवार) 

समय: प्रात: 10.30 बजे 


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सीएसआईआर-राष्ट्रीय विज्ञान, प्रौद्योगिकी और विकास अध्ययन संस्थान                            

डॉ. के. एस. कृष्णन मार्ग, नई दिल्ली-110012


हिंदी पखवाड़ा उद्घाटन समारोह

दिनांक: 14-09-2020 (सोमवार)

समय: प्रात: 10:30-11:30 बजे


मुख्य अतिथि


डॉ. कैलाश चंद्र शर्मा,  पूर्व कुलपति ,  कुरुक्षेत्र विश्वविद्यालय, कुरुक्षेत्र

स्वागत संबोधन                                                                                                           संक्षिप्त जानकारी



डॉ. रंजना अग्रवाल                                                                                             डॉ. सुजीत भट्टाचार्य

निदेशक, सीएसआईआर-निस्टैड्स                                                         प्रमुख वैज्ञानिक, सीएसआईआर-निस्टैड्स


                                                                 संचालन: डॉ. अनिता बाली, वरिष्ठ तकनीशियन (2)



प्रात: 10:30-10:35 बजे

हिंदी पखवाड़ा आयोजन के संबंध में संक्षिप्त जानकारी

 डॉ. सुजीत भट्टाचार्य

 प्रमुख वैज्ञानिक


प्रात: 10:35-10:45 बजे

मुख्य अतिथि का परिचय एवं स्वागत संबोधन

 डॉ. रंजना अग्रवाल

 निदेशक,  सीएसआईआर-निस्टैड्स


प्रात: 10:45-11:25 बजे


हिंदी पखवाड़ा आयोजन पर हिंदी में चर्चा


 डॉ. कैलाश चंद्र शर्मा

 पूर्व कुलपति, कुरुक्षेत्र विश्वविद्यालय, कुरुक्षेत्र


प्रात: 11:25-11:30 बजे


संस्थान के वरिष्ठ वैज्ञानिकों के विचार


 समस्त वरिष्ठ वैज्ञानिक



प्रात: 11:30 बजे

धन्यवाद ज्ञापन

 हिंदी अधिकारी



सीएसआईआर-राष्ट्रीय विज्ञान, प्रौद्योगिकी और विकास अध्ययन संस्थान

डॉ. के. एस. कृष्णन मार्ग, नई दिल्ली-110012




हिंदी पखवाड़ा: दिनांक 14-28 सितंबर, 2020


क्रम सं.

गतिविधि का नाम

दिनांक व समय



हिंदी पखवाड़ा उद्घाटन समारोह

दि.14-9-2020 (सोमवार)

प्रात: 10:30 बजे


एमएस टीम के माध्यम से



प्रश्नोत्तरी (क्विज) प्रतियोगिता

दि.14-9-2020 (सोमवार)

अपराह्न 2:30 बजे


विवेकानंद हॉल/ लाउंज



कंप्यूटर पर हिंदी में टाइपिंग प्रतियोगिता

दि.16-9-2020 (बुधवार)

अपराह्न 2:30 बजे


विवेकानंद हॉल



हिंदी में श्रुतलेख (डिक्टेशन) प्रतियोगिता   

दि.18-9-2020 (शुक्रवार)

प्रात: 11:00 बजे


विवेकानंद हॉल/ लाउंज



हिंदी में पावर पोइंट प्रस्तुति प्रतियोगिता


दि. 21-9-2020 (सोमवार)

अपराह्न 2:30 बजे





अधिकारियों/ कर्मचारियों एवं वैज्ञानिकों द्वारा हिंदी में किए गए कार्यों का मूल्यांकन

दि. 23-9-2020 (बुधवार)

प्रात: 11:30 बजे




हिंदी पखवाड़ा समापन समारोह

दि. 26-9-2020 (शनिवार)

अपराह्न 2:30 बजे


एमएसटीम के माध्यम से


हिंदी पखवाड़ा उद्घाटन समारोह


हिंदी पखवाड़ा उद्घाटन समारोह 

दिनांक: 14-09-2020 (सोमवार) 

समय: 10.30 बजे 


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Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution on September 07, 2020 at 10.00 -12:30 hrs


Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution



 Implementation strategies for National Clean Air Programme

Comprehensive Technology Policy exchange through collective intelligence 

September 07, 2020, New Delhi, India

Time: 10.00 AM -12.30 PM




Prof.  Ranjana Aggarwal

Director, CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS)


  10.00 am – 10.10 am

Inaugural Address

Special  Guest

Dr. Prashant Gargava

Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board , New Delhi

   10.10 am – 10.30 am

Session I


Context setting Presentation/ Moderation

Speakers/Key discussants

Time (approx.)

Policy Learning


  • Clean Action Plans and National framework
  • International Perspective on Clean Air



Moderator: Prof. Sujit Bhattacharya

Chief Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS


Ms. Prarthana Borah

India Director, Clean Air Asia


Dr. Preeti Soni

Chief - Climate Change, Resilience and Energy,

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)



Guest of Honour

Shri. Ravi S Prasad, IAS

Additional Secretary to Government of India

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change


  10.30 am -11.00 am


Session II

Innovation landscape for air pollution mitigation


Enabling environment to boost tech / innovations;

Experiential knowledge derived from traditional systems for clean air; Entrepreneurship for clean air




Moderator: Ms Rozita Singh,

Head, Solutions Mapping, Accelerator Lab, UNDP India


Padmabhushan Vaid Devinder Triguna

President, Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth

Ministry of Ayush


Ms Swetha Kolluri,

Head, Experimentation, Accelerator Lab,

UNDP India


UNDP Air Pollution Innovation Challenge winner- Mr Irfan Pathan Co-Founder and CEO, Pi Green Innovations Pvt Ltd


Clean Air Asia’s ‘Nature Hack for Clean Air’ winners:

Mr Shivam Bachhety 

  (Project Air-Ninja)


Ms Rajhrita Dutta

    (Project Idea - Air Map)


11.00 am-11.50 am




















Session III

Innovative partnerships and policy mechanisms

(discussion mode)


Perspectives of different country contexts on formal and informal and technology innovation; community participation; citizen science

Quality standardization, quality assurance issues



Ms. Prarthana Borah

India Director, Clean Air Asia


Prof. Sujit Bhattacharya,

Chief Scientist, CSIR – NISTADS


Dr. Sumit Kumar Mishra

 Principal Scientist, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)


Dr. Krishnan Srinivasaraghavan

Head of Exploration, Accelerator Lab, UNDP




11.50 am- 12.20 pm


Conclusions and Wrap up

Vote of Thanks

Dr. Madhulika Bhati,

Principal Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS

12.20 pm 12.30 pm




About the Programme 

The policy dialogue intends to bring different stakeholders together to discuss opportunity and challenges, technological interventions, formal as well as informal innovation and various strategies that can be useful for addressing the challenges of Air pollution It intend to explore new avenues such as that of informal innovation like citizen science initiative, experiential knowledge that comes from traditional practices, and standard and certifications.  The policy dialogue intends to provide solutions that can be implementable. The policy dialogue is being held when the world is struggling to cope up with COVID-19.  This context also will be underscored in the discussions and developing policy suggestions.

This Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution coordinated by CSIR-NISTADS,UNDP India and Clean Air Asia, intends to address some of the above issues and suggest actionable plans to embed into the Air pollution Policy framework. It is envisaged that the experiences and lessons from this policy dialogue will help us in understanding how countries are planning their strategies to reduce air pollution as well as their preparedness in the pandemic era, and what countries could learn from each other.

The policy dialogue will deliberate on a range of technological options that can be leveraged by countries to control the menace of air pollution. It will also provide a forum for exchanging experiences with actionable science-based solutions for the prevention and management of air pollution. The findings are also expected to contribute towards the current discussion on sustainable development goals.

The policy dialogue will primarily be structured around the following issues:

  • Understanding the existing National Clean Air Policy (NCAP) framework of India in the context of the mechanisms it provides for mitigating air pollution through technology interventions
  • The technological interventions (formal and informal) that can provide novel pathways for improving air quality
  • Suggest a Roadmap to improve the quality of the infrastructure (standard setting mechanism , quality assurance, etc  )
  • To deliberate upon the scope, types of partnership and institutional arrangements for developing a robust regulatory and governance for monitoring and addressing air quality challenges. The learnings from different countries that can be shared and implanted.

The discussion will be free-flowing, structured brainstorming for about two and half hours, anchored around the above issues. The policy dialogue intends to contribute towards developing a policy document with an implementable framework/roadmap that can act as a policy advocacy for ‘clean air’.

The above issues are intended to be covered under three themes (a) Status of Clean Action Plans and National frameworks (b) Innovation landscape for air pollution mitigation (c) Innovative partnerships and policy mechanisms. 


Award Ceremony (Online) for Elocution Competition on “Nataraja: A Confluence of Arts and Science” September 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Award Ceremony


Elocution Competition on

“Nataraja: A Confluence of Arts and Science”

September 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM

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