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