CSIR committed to make common  man’s life easy: Dr Shekhar Mande

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Oct 2018 10:38:16


Staff Reporter,

“I will personally visit all scientific and research institutions working under the umbrella of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to take review of all research projects, technologies and innovations. I will see to it that all these projects, technologies and innovations are put to use for the benefit of society,” said Dr Shekhar C Mande, the new Director General of CSIR and the Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). Dr Mande was in his maiden visit to city after taking charge as Director General of CSIR.  Entire scientific community of the city expressed its happiness and joy when Dr Mande, a Nagpurian, became DG of a prestigious organisation of the country.

Interacting with select group of media persons at the premises of CSIR NEERI, Dr Mande elaborated on the mission and vision of CSIR. He said, “CSIR will continue its contributions to the growth and development of nation. CSIR connects academia, researchers and scientists. All organisations working under the umbrella of CSIR are translating scientific and technological research projects for the welfare of society. CSIR is successfully working for common people in country since last 75 years. The organisation has a strong base of excellent scientists who are contributing their excellence for the society.”

Prior to join as DG of CSIR, Dr Mande was the Director of National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune. He succeeds Dr Girish Sahni, who retired on August 31, 2018.  “Though CSIR is one of the world’s largest publicly-funded research and development organisations and is known for its contributions in diverse areas of science, it has always remained an unsung hero in nation’s development,” Dr Mande added.

Dr Mande is world acclaimed structural and computational biologist with more than 100 publications to his credit. As director of NCCS, his laboratory was involved in research on the structural characterisation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteins and the computational analysis of genome-wide protein: protein interactions.

Dr Mande shared his achievements as “I had completed MSc in Physics from Nagpur University in 1984. After that I went to Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru to pursue doctoral degree. I got PhD in Molecular Biophysics in 1991 under the supervision of Prof M Vijayan. I went to postdoctoral research at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, in the Netherlands in 1991 and joined as a senior fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA in 1992.

After returning to India, I joined the Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, as a scientist and continued till 2001. I was selected as a Staff Scientist at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad. In 2011, I was appointed as the Director of NCCS, Pune, an autonomous Institute of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. I also served in various advisory committees for the Government of India.”

Dr Mande discussed several initiatives undertaken by CSIR to translate laboratory leads to marketable/ value-added technologies/ products and thereby enhance interactions and connect to stakeholders for enabling ease of doing technology licensing.

“Theme directorates have been formed to cover and address different sectors like Aerospace, Electronics, and Instrumentation and Strategic Sectors; Civil Infrastructure and Engineering; Ecology, Environment, Earth & Ocean Sciences and Water; Mining, Minerals, Metals and Materials; Chemicals (including leather) and Petrochemicals; Energy (conventional and non-conventional) and Energy devices; Agri, Nutrition and Biotech; and Healthcare.”