New Delhi: The President of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind, attended the concluding ceremony of the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi on September 26, 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it is very credible that the staff of CSIR constitutes only about three to four percent of India’s scientific manpower – but contributes nearly 10 percent of India’s scientific output. This emphasizes how important CSIR is to the nation-building process. When a scientist works hard in the lab, with integrity and sincerity and with the larger dream of helping society, he or she is playing the role of nation builder.
“I have just visited an exhibition of significant achievements of CSIR researchers and technologists. It was extremely impressive. CSIR has been instrumental in bringing about sustainable improvements in the quality of life of our fellow citizens, as well as in helping business and industry with specific applications of science and technology. In the areas of food and agriculture, generic drugs, leather, chemicals and petrochemicals, and biopharmaceuticals, among others, several technologies developed by you have been embraced by the market,” remarked the President Kovind.
In his speech, the President mentioned that the ambitious national programmes such as Start-up India, Make in India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat, Namami Gange and the Smart Cities Mission cannot be successful without scientists and technology incubators, particularly CSIR, contributing. The true test of scientific research lies in its ability to help our society leap frog social sector gaps, whether in health and hygiene, sanitation, education or agriculture, and make us a middle-income country in one human lifetime.