The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) dedicated its theme day for the empowerment of farmers in India, as the organization is celebrating the ‘CSIR Platium Jubilee Technofest’at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) atPragatiMaidan. On the tenth day of the event, the CSIR theme of the day was ‘Agriculture and Floriculture’.
Prof. A.K. Tripathi, Director, CSIR-CIMAP (Lucknow) welcomed theparticipants. He said, “CSIR is focused on suchnumerative crops that are not in the focus of ICAR. Our focus is on industrial crops for Aroma, Ayurveda,Unani and Floriculture. The aim of CSIR labs is to provide alternative to the farmers to increase farm incomes.”
Talking about the condition of farmers, the Chief Guest, Padma Bhushan, Prof. R.B. Singh, stated, “Those who feed the country live in misery. Farmers don’t wantcharity, they have the right to progress. We aim at wiping out hunger from this country by 2030.”
Dr. GirishSahni, Director General, CSIR said, “Farmers are the topmost priority of CSIR. We have to bring the best technologies for maximum yield and our scientists are dedicated to achieve this goal”.
Scientists and researchers from concerned laboratories attended the seminar. The pavilion of ‘Agriculture & Floriculture’ showcased the latest agro technologies that increase the production of crops by 30%.
The seminar also focused on the production of menthol mint, aromatic grasses, Lavender and improved varieties developed by CSIR.Dr.Tripathi stated, “We produce and export 90% of the Menthol mint in the world.Aroma Industry in the country is flourishing because of CSIR technologies.”
Scientists from CSIR in Agriculture and Floriculture theme delivered lectures about high yielding plant varieties of medicinal, aromatic and floral plants. They also touched upon their marketing. A large number of farmers and entrepreneurs attended the lectures. They shared their experience on agricultural practices in aromatic and floral plants.
The day concluded with the signing of 2 MoUs between CSIR and its industrial partners.
CSIR-NBRI, CSIR-CIMAP, CSIR-IIIMand CSIR-IHBT conducted Science based activities for the school students, and a quiz on aroma and medicinal plants. The winners were awarded with different aroma kits.
· 5000 young Scientists to attend the fest.
· Emphasis will be on creating science village
· Fest will focus on PM Modi’s cashless society initiative
In order to pitch up the grand 2nd India International Science Festival -2016, which will be going to be held on 07-11, Dec- 2016, at CSIR –National Physical Laboratory (NPL) campus-New Delhi, the Hon’ble Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan addressed a press conference at CSIR Science Centre, Vigyan Kendra, Lodi Garden, New Delhi on 2ndDecember, 2016.
The fest will be inaugurated by Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh on 8th December. Israel minister for Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis will also visit the fest on 8th December.
Emphasizing the importance of taking science into rural India, the Hon’ble Minister said “The Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences has been organising India International Science Festival (IISF) in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) to promote the science & technology developed by the Indian research labs and to inculcate the scientific temper among masses. The theme of this year’s festival is “Science for the Masses”.
The budget of the festival has been increased to Rs 12 cr this year compared to last year’s Rs 4 cr.
Addressing the media, the first time cabinet minister said, “We are a government that believes and supports in scientific research, including an appropriate balance between fundamental research to support new discoveries and the commercialization of ideas, will lead to provide an ample employment opportunities for India’s sustainable economic growth”.
India has declared 2010-20 as the “Decade of Innovation”. In this context, the series of India International Science Festival (IISF) is an integral part of India’s long term vision in developing and widening the spectrum of scientific temper in India and abroad’ the Minister said.
The minister also said around 5,000 young scientists will participate which is a first of its own kind in the world. He even said, the ministry has urged all the Members of Parliament to make sure, that five students should participate from their adopted villages to participate in the fest. The minister named it Science Village. “This is the first time in the history of India, the Hon’ble Members of the Parliament across the party line sending more than 3000 young children from their adopted villages to the science festival Dr Harsh Vardhan stated.
The Minister viewed that, the grand success of first IISF-2015 at IIT Delhi has set a unique example of inimitable festival in bridging the gap between Indian scientific innovations and practises. “Continuing with the same enthusiasm, motivation and desire, the second edition of IISF is primarily aimed to popularize the subject of science and also pool all the scientific knowledge for the larger benefit of the rural masses he stated.
Underlining the record number of total participants in the Young Scientists Meet the Minister stated that, “this year the total figure of abstracts for Young Scientists Meet (YSM) that we have received is 1769. After reviewing by the expert committee for the final presentations the total number is 241 for the oral presentation and 1329 for the poster presentations. Among all the papers this year, Talking Book and Agro boat-device to predict weather condition through smartphone for farmers, the wearable demon slayer for security of women, Mechanical Tap to treat sewage water, Solar marine monitor device for defense forces ,extraction of diesel from the fruits waste are some of the highlights for the upcoming meet, the minister stated.
Last year, dressed in white lab-coats, 2,000 students across the National capital have entered Guinness Book for World Records for conducting the ‘world’s largest practical science lesson, which will be challenged this year during the fest.
Adding further flavour to the event the minister stated that “the Industry –academia interaction where the industries get opportunities to develop competitive manufacturing capabilities and improve their services through collaborating with the academia, further in the international science film festival segment, the nationally and internationally award winning films on various facets of science would be screened in this science festival. ‘We are also having competition for the Professional and students who are making films on Science” he added.
In conclusion, the minister said that “the five day India international science festival would defiantly open up new avenues for scientific research and laying a solid foundation in fulfilling the long-term mission of the taking the science into the masses.
(“No threat of wastewater discharge”- CSIR-CLRI)
New Delhi- The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), striking a paradigm shift to the leather industry, showcased its theme-based presentation on ‘Leather’ at CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), Pragati Maidan. The theme pavilion on ‘Leather’ showcased various leather technologies and exhibits speaking very high about technological advancements in the leather industry. Dr. D. B. Chandrasekaran, Director, CSIR-CLRI welcomed the delegates at a round table panel discussion moderated by Dr. T. Ramasami, Former DG-CSIR/Former Director, CSIR-CLRI who gave an overview of the futuristic technologies to boost the leather industry.
The panel discussion focused on two major technologies developed by CSIR-CLRI. The lab will be developing affordable sports footwear of international brand caliber. This initiative is taken after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the scientists to manufacture affordable sport shoes at CSIR Platinum Jubilee Foundation Day Celebration at Vigyan Bhawan, on 26th September this year. The panelists discussed the scope and plan for its launch within three years from now. Mr. Puran Dawar, Regional Chairman, CLE, said, “Product innovation in footwear sector is necessary.”
Waterless Chromium Technology developed by CSIR-CLRI has revolutionized the Indian leather industry.
Dr. Nishad Fahima, Principal Scientist, CSIR-CLRI said, “It (Waterless Chromium Technology) has dismantled the 150 Year long process of using water in the tannery industries. It has benefitted the environment, as no water is used in the technology; the risk of wastewater discharge and pollution is zero.” This technology outreached globally. “CSIR-CLRI has transferred this technology to Ethiopia and few European countries.” she added.
The ‘Leather’ pavilion intensively exhibited 10-12 samples of leathers, handcrafted footwear and bags that attracted the visitors. CSIR-CLRI also emphasized on ‘sustainable environmental management’ that reduces greenhouse gases by 50% and sludge generation by 80%. The exhibits showed CSIR initiative on ‘Wealth from Waste’, an initiative by the lab to produce fabric and products from leather waste and biomaterial waste. CSIR-CLRI is also acting as a fashion niche to the Indian leather world as it is manufacturing fashionable apparels made of leather. Products based on chicken feet-skin, fish skin and ostrich skin have been developed by CSIR-CLRI.
The panel discussion was later addressed by Mr. Habib Hussain, Chairman, Leather Sector Skill Council who talked about untapped opportunities and research on materials.
Science-based activities were organized for the school students organized by CSIR-IICB & CSIR-IGIB. It was followed by a quiz contest, live science demonstration and public talk.
The day embraced MoU signing between CSIR and Punjab Leather Federation. Aound 15 tanners signed for the technology transfer. Lt. Col. Paul, President, Punjab Leather Federation, was present at the event and expressed gratitude towards the lab on the occasion of the MoU signing.
The pavilion of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR)’s adjudged First (Gold Medal) for excellence in display in the category, ‘Ministries & Departments’at the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) which concluded here on Sunday.
The Gold medal was presented by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) Chairman, Mr. L.C. Mittal.1
Dr.GirishSahni, Director General, CSIR said: “Getting recognized for what CSIR is doing is indeed exciting. Everything happened because of the hard work put in by the entire CSIR family. The outcome of the last 75 year journeyof the organization was on display and people liked it. We tried to portray our technologies in an aesthetically appealing way and we succeeded, as we stood first. This will boost us to continue the good work in the future.”
Talking about the mission and vision of CSIR,he added: “A number of projects are in the pipeline to take our mission projects further. More than 10 projects are being undertaken, including menthol mint production, enabling leather industry and new improved high-yield crop varieties for farmers which will increase their incomes. ”
After receiving the award, Dr. Daljit Singh Bedi, Head USD and Coordinator of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest expressed satisfaction, saying it was the most appropriate recognition of the teamwork of CSIR, depicting its contribution to the nation in its journey of more than seven decades in the most effective manner.”
The Technofestkicked-off on November 14 and each day was dedicated to different themes on various technologies, innovation and products developed by the CSIR laboratories. A total of 14 theme-based pavilionswere set up in the Technofest. Beginning with the theme of ‘Aerospace & Strategic sector’, the event witnessed other theme-based activities focusing on ‘Generics & Healthcare’, ‘Engineering & Infrastructure’, ‘Energy’ and ‘Leather’, Mining, Minerals & Materials, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, ‘Ecology & Environment’, ‘Water’, ‘Agriculture & Floriculture’, ‘Food & Nutrition’, ‘CSIR for Societal Interventions’, CSIR 800 and IP and Entrepreneurship.
The Technofest received a widespread applause and appreciation as it warmly got maximum footfall on Sunday, the last day of the 36th Trade Fair.
“This is an extraordinary effort by such a premier institution. This is a golden opportunity to experience the inventions by the pioneer scientists of our nation and CSIR. We hope to see such initiatives every year,’’ a visitor said.
For the commercial launch of the latest technologies by CSIR, 45MoUswere signed with the industrial partners. More than 150 S&T presentations were made by CSIR professionals and its industrial partners. Several panel discussions session were held during the course of the event. The mission mode technologies and innovations are ready to being transferred in the future.
CSIR, with its motto of ‘Touching Lives’, is leaving a remarkable imprint upon its technology partners and technology users.
From healthy goodies —banana toffee, chocolates, plant nutrients-based carbonated fruit juices and Omega 3 enriched ice creams — to low cost housing technologies and 3D printed prototypes used for the design and validation of various aerospace components in the high-tech sector: These and many other technical research and innovation that has made the life of the common man easy are being showcased at the mega expo Technofest 2016 here.
The mega show has been organized by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee this year.
Union Science and Technology Minister Harshvardhan, who inaugurated the Technofest 2016 at Hall No 12 A at Pragati Maidan on Monday, said that it is a golden opportunity for the students, researchers, scientists, business man and a common man to witness science innovation and researches being conducted by the 38 laboratories of the CSIR located across the country under one roof here.
“The entire history and contribution of the scientists from the CSIR since its inception 75 years ago can be seen through this window created in the IITF, 2016,” added CSIR DG Girish Sahini adding that all the labs in one or another way has taken efforts to make the life of the common man easy.
Apart from 14 theme-based information panels highlighting the science and the technology components of major CSIR contributions, informative exhibits including demonstrable models are the highlights at the Technofest 2016.
For science enthusiast kids, their are science quiz and demonstrations, while the pavallion has a lot to offer for the startups as well the industry.
If carbonated beverages based on grape, sugarcane, pomegranate and sweet lime and anti-obesity oils and quinoa based chocolates have been developed by the Mysuru-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), the Lucknow based National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) has exhibited anti-diabetic products and other health related innovations.
A brand of tea, Tea wine, which has a 7-12 per cent alcohol content by volume, which has been exhibited by the Himachal Pradesh-based Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT) has been a center of query among many of its other herbal products catering pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, and plant industries.
CFTRI senior scientist Dr Malathi, who has worked on a project to develop an indigenous variety of two highly nutritious (grain crops Chia( rich in omega-3 fatty acid and alpha linolenic acid) and quinoa (high protein content) said that the seeds can be highly beneficial supplements in a country like India that has a large number of malnutrion kids. “We are looking for more tie-ups,” she added.
Lucknow-based Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIAMP) has showcased herbal formulations such as anti-diabetic products, mosquito repellent creams and tobacco free herbal mixture Herbichew.
Other labs which have showcased their researches include National Aerospace Laboratores, and Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (aerospace & strategic sector), central Leather Research Institute (leather), Central Building Research Institute (engineering & Infrastructure), NML (mining, minerals & materials) National Environmental Engineering Research Institute(environment) and National Chemical Laboratories (chemicals & petrochemicals).
On Thursday, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) dedicated its theme day to its contribution in the field of ‘Food & Nutrition’ at CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), Pragati Maidan. Touching upon important aspects of food and nutrition in the seminar, the scientists and researchers from the CSIR labs expressed concerns over malnutrition, especially in the children and pregnant women. Diabetes is another evil which CSIR is determined to fight as the experts spoke on preventive steps. The industrial partners of CSIR also attended the seminar. Prof. Ram Rajsekharan, Director, CSIR-CFTRI addressed the seminar. “Malnutrition doesn’t only mean the deficit of nutrition level, it also occurs due to over-nutrition. CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has developed micro-supplements for malnourished children that will help a child in the cognitive learning process. Our lab has played pivotal role in wiping out malnourishment from the country. When a pregnant woman is malnourished, the risk of child suffering the same is high.” said Dr. Sridevi. R. Singh, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CFTRI. CSIR-CFTRI has produced carbonated sugarcane nutritious juice rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and other minerals. ‘Neera’ a special unfermented beverage of Coconut Palm Sap has also been developed by CSIR-CFTRI, ready for commercial launch. Apart from the healthy nutritious drinks, CSIR-CFTRI has also produced instant snacks, ‘Chia’, for children and adults, Kokum Jelly Candy and multi-grain Banana Bar. India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables globally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested in September this year that fruit juice be incorporated in small quantities in carbonated beverages in our nation. “Nutriice” the omega-3 fats enriched ice cream, is the another product from the CSIR-CFTRI which has also been a global first. The lab has produced diacylglycerol (DAG) oil, a “Slim Oil”, can be used for normal cooking and frying. Our body uses this oil as energy but the excess energy from the oil does not store as fat in our system. This product is presently undergoing human trials and will be launched thereafter. The panelists in the seminar emphasized on the need to carry out fortification with staple foods to overcome malnutrition, robust agriculture extension, and infrastructure enhancement in the supply chain. The day concluded with signing of 6 MoUs with the industrial partners of CSIR. CSIR-CFTRI and CSIR-IGIB organized science-based activities, science quiz and public science talk on ‘Food for Nature’.
The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), is geared to meet the challenge with focus on its ‘Water’ technological interventions on the ninth day of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2016 at Pragati Maidan in Hall number 12-A. Theme-day seminar highlighted important aspects of water conservation and water management system in India. Scientists and researchers from the concerned laboratories of CSIR unfolded the means to generate pure and treated water for a large chunk of India’s population.
Dr. Amitava Das, Director, CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), said, “CSIR is focused to find out the solutions to minimize the adverse effect of water crisis in India. We are 4% of global water resource. 88% of India’s population has access to different water bodies, out of which only 32% gets treated or pure water. It has become a national challenge to provide access to treated water to a large chunk of India’s population. There is a huge gap that needs to be bridged and CSIR is dedicated in this cause.” Quoting a data he added, “The per capita usable water availability has drastically gone down from 1820 cubic meter in 2001 to 1550 cubic meter in 2011. As expected, till 2025, it will be struggling at 1340 cubic meter.”
The ‘Water’ theme pavilion showcased advancements in water processing technology. ‘Indigenously developed Membranes’ namely Reverse Osmosis Membranes, Ultra Filtration Membrane and Hollow Fiber Membrane, have revolutionized the efforts targets towards water purification. This technology is commercialized now. The lab has provided resins to overcome the lethal effect in the Arsenic and Fluoride prone water states like West Bengal. 65 water sources have been installed in some parts of West Bengal.
Nirmal Kumar Saha, Scientist, CSIR-CSMCRI, marked, “People say water is life, but we say clean water is life. CSIR has been working hard to provide safe, hygienic and affordable water to the masses.”
Dr. Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), said, “We have developed water filters using membrane. ‘O neer’ is a solar-operated purifier eliminating any hassle of changing filters. This is a breakthrough in providing safe and affordable water in the rural areas. CSIR is working on several pilot projects to manage water crisis in the future.”
Dignitaries from other major CSIR labs also attended the seminar and discussed on waste water treatment. Working in the theme area, Mr. Rahul Kesharwani, PMPL (Vadodara) and Mr. Soumendu Porel, MD, Poral Dass Water and Effluent Control Pvt Ltd were amongst the industrial partners of CSIR who attended the seminar.
The event day embraced several scientific activities for school students, science quiz and public science talk by CSIR-Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.
On Friday, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) took ahead
its theme based representation on the fifth day of the ‘CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest’ at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) in hall no. 12 A at Pragati Maidan. The day was dedicated to ‘Chemicals and Petrochemicals’. It unfolded with a seminar attended by the veteran scientists and dignitaries of
CSIR and its industrial partners. The theme pavilion, ‘Chemical & Petrochemicals’ showcased the latest technologies of various labs in the country.
The Chief Guest of the event Prof. Rakesh Khandal, President, R&D, India Glycols’ in his presentation focused on the shape of Research and Development functionaries in India in this important area. Said Mr. Khandal, “Besides R&D, CSIR should take care of the supply chain management, end-to-end perspective strategies and digital transformation.” Citing an important data of the industries’ contribution he said, “This industry shares 2.1% of the Gross Development Product (GDP) India, 3rd largest producer of chemicals in Asia and 6th in the world. The industry shape is likely to grow more in the coming years.”
Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General-CSIR said, “Chemistry is the backbone or rather mother of all lives. CSIR needs to partner with the chemical industries to explore many new areas.” Further he added, “CSIR has very capable manpower and facility to carve a glorious path towards the revolution of the chemical industry.”
Prof. Ashwini Kumar Nangia, Director, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) highlighted the use of chemicals in materials and composites. He added, “Everything that people use in daily life has a touch of chemicals. This industry will be revolutionized.” Several quiz contests for school students were also organized by CSIR-NCL that gave students exposure of the live labs’ reactions. They got an opportunity
to meet the scientist and researchers attending Technofest across the country.
Signing of important MoUs of CSIR with industries and institutes concluded the event. It included MoU with Flexible Electronics Devices and Systems, Research Collaboration in Education and Research (University of Kansas), Embryyo Technologies and Ross Life Sciences.