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.