Scientists working hard to address social issues: Dr Girish Sahani

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Apr 2018 06:52:59


Staff Reporter,

Government of India and scientific research and development organisations in the country have joined hands to solve social problems, said, Dr Girish Sahani, Director General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR).

Talking to media persons at Hotel Raddison Blu on Saturday Dr Sahani mentioned, the scientists across the nation have given positive response to the call of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi who once appealed the scientists to solve 100 big problems of country. Scientists had created ample knowledge base and excelled in many activities like conducting research, completing research, filing patents, getting patents etc. Now, they have started using the knowledge for solving social issues, he added.

Stating that CSIR stands at number one position in research and development patents Dr Sahani pointed out CSIR as an institution has 38 laboratories under its umbrella across the country. The scientists have changed their mind-set to bring about synergy into production systems and focus towards more product based innovations vis-à-vis process based. The institutions have started tie-ups with many stakeholders to utilise their scientific research for addressing social issues like climate change,waste management, water pollution, air pollution, cleaning rivers etc. Number of projects have been started in the country. There is a burning desire of scientists in country to use science for public, he added.

CSIR has adopted a new and effective theme based approach to bring more synergy in the activities of its 38 constituent labs to compliment extraordinary multidisciplinary strengths, to fast track translation and commercialisation of technologies, prioritize research and facilitate market access and to disseminate technological information among stakeholders, Dr Sahani mentioned.

Appreciating the efforts of National Environmental Engineering and Research (NEERI) which is working under CSIR has started different innovative projects. Dr Sunil Singh and Dr Rakesh Kumar were also present during the discussions.