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Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)


By – Dr. Sonal Gaurbhms (Delhi) PGDCC (Ger.) MHA (Delhi) Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian research and development (R&D) organization. The government of India established it as an autonomous body in 1942 to promote scientific knowledge, boost industrialization, and stimulate economic growth. It is now one of the largest publicly funded R&D organizations globally. The headquarters are in New Delhi.                        

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting-edge R&D knowledge base in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization.

Having a pan-India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centers, 3 Innovation Complexes, and 5 units. About 4600 active scientists, supported by approximately 8000 scientific and technical personnel, embody CSIR’s R&D expertise and experience.

CSIR spans diverse fields like genomics, nanotechnology, and aeronautics, playing a key role in societal development.

Pioneer of India’s intellectual property movement, CSIR today is strengthening its patent portfolio to carve out global niches for the country in select technology domains. CSIR is granted 90% of US patents granted to any Indian publicly funded R&D organization. On average CSIR files about 200 Indian patents and 250 foreign patents per year. About 13.86% of CSIR patents are licensed – a number that is above the global average. Amongst its peers in publicly funded research organizations worldwide, CSIR is a leader in filing and securing patents worldwide.                                      


Council of Scientific & Industrial Research has pursued cutting-edge science and advanced knowledge frontiers. The scientific staff of CSIR only constitute about 3-4% of India’s scientific manpower but they contribute to 10% of India’s scientific outputs.

In 2012, CSIR published 5007 papers in SCI Journals with an average impact factor per paper of 2.673. In 2013, CSIR published 5086 papers in SCI journals with an average impact factor per paper of 2.868.

CSIR has operationalized desired mechanisms to boost entrepreneurship, which could lead to enhanced creation and commercialization of radical and disruptive innovations, underpinning the development of new economic sectors.

CSIR has put CSIR@80: Vision & Strategy 2022

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research aims to create a new India through impactful science, innovative technology, and inclusive economic development, fostering global leadership.

Scimago Institutions Ranking World Report 2014 ranks CSIR 84th globally, the only Indian organization in the top 100 among 4851 institutions. CSIR holds the 17th rank in Asia and leads the country in the first position.

Write a short note on CSIR – 800.

Aiming to enhance life for 800 million people, the project focuses on innovations in health, agriculture, and energy, including various technologies.

In terms of disaster management, CSIR has provided relief in the face of calamities such as cyclones, tsunamis, or earthquakes.

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research responded to the 2004 Tsunami and Bihar floods, producing 55 tons of instant food, sweet water, and geo-engineering support.

CSIR has developed several cost-effective drugs for the poor. CSIR has developed eleven out of the fourteen drugs developed in India. Some of them are anti-malarial drugs –– Elubaquine & Arteether, technology for oral insulin and hepatitis B vaccine, anti-HIV cocktails,s, etc. With its large pool of scientists and technicians,

CSIR has been providing knowledge and training nationwide, be it the remote or industrial areas. It is contributing to national development by providing open access to industry and academia to conduct research in its laboratories. It is also involved in disseminating technologies.                                                                     

The CSIR’s national laboratory, the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) at Durgapur, designed, developed, and prototyped the Mark I version of Soleckshaw in a record time of eight months. This initiative was born out of the recent CSIR vision, appropriately titled CSIR-800, which aimed at empowering 800 million Indians through S&T intervention.

CSIR 800: Prosperity for all
CSIR- 800: To Develop Skills and Knowledge
Achievements of CSIR


What is the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)?

CSIR is India’s top research organization, covering various disciplines. It conducts the most extensive publicly funded research and development in science, engineering, medicine, and technology.

What is the mission of CSIR?

CSIR’s mission is to boost India’s competitiveness through scientific research, technology development, and innovation for national development and societal well-being.

How does CSIR support scientific research in India?

CSIR supports scientific research in India by funding research projects, providing grants, scholarships, and fellowships to researchers and scientists. It establishes and operates research laboratories, institutes, and centers across the country, facilitating research in various disciplines and sectors.

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