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CSIR urged to take up National leadership in Science

New Delhi: September 26,2012

The Prime Minister has urged the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (C.S.I.R.) to take up National leadership in Science, Engineering and Technology.  Speaking on the occasion of the 70th Foundation day of the CSIR.  The Prime Minster said mechanisms have been put in place to identify needs of India’s industries and to tap bright ideas of the CSIR’s young talent. . Pointing out to the power and potential of public-private partnership in scientific research he said across CSIR laboratories, new ecosystems like Innovation Complexes are being created to foster innovation through partnership with industry, academia and other R&D institutions. Dr. Manmohan Singh however pointed out the country has not succeeded in mobilizing enough private investment in science to raise our investment in scientific research to 2% of GDP.

 

Acknowledging the Council’s professional worth in every phase of India’s growth, in line with national policies and priorities, he pointed out CSIR’s   contribution in import substitution in the early days of  independence to creating  advanced products and technologies like India’s first super computer, satellites and aerospace products             when India became a victim of technology denial.  He said CSIR has also catapulted India as the top generic drug producer.   Dr. Singh said CSIR has emerged as the flag bearer of the Intellectual Property movement in India and has became the largest holder of US and European patents and has also become a world leader in specific domains of biotechnology and recombinant DNA products.

 

             Complimenting CSIR on its unique attempt to make healthcare affordable by exploiting the power of open source drug discovery, a concept which is a global  first.  He particularly commended the recent CSIR 800 programme which aims at affordable scientific interventions to improve the quality of life of the people at the base of the economic pyramid.

 

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