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#IP 1186 22 -28 June 2015

Chintan Shivir

After taking over as Minister of Science and Technology in November 2014, I have taken exceptional interest in “Make in India”. In my very first public statement on joining my new charge I expressed a keenness to ensure that Indian scientists and engineers contribute to giving India’s manufacturing sector a backbone of not only self-sufficiency but also competitiveness.

So, I made it a point to visit the laboratories and institutions under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). This is truly a great institution built up over the past 72 years. There are 37 laboratories and 39 field stations under it with more than 17,000 employees. CSIR is involved in aerospace engineering, structural engineering, ocean sciences, life sciences, metallurgy, chemicals, mining, food processing, petroleum refining, leather technology and environment engineering.

Within a short time I observed that there was a crucial need to take stock of CSIR’s new purpose in the new scheme of things. “Whither CSIR?” was a question humming in my mind. So, I decided to call a meeting of heads of its different laboratories for a two-day brainstorming session (“Chintan Shivir”). This evoked great enthusiasm among all the scientists and technologists in the CSIR family. The event was held in Dehradun over June 12 and 13.

This is a crucial stage in our history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has steeled the national resolve to give the Indian economy its original Manufactory basis by correcting the drift towards Services over the first 24 years of the liberalisation era beginning 1991. The collective aspirations of the huge “youth bulge” demands such course correction.

In September 2014, the Prime Minister had announced that through “Make in India” this predominantly youthful country would fulfil its founding visions of self-sufficiency and competitiveness in the science and technology arena. The allegorical shift from “Brand India” to “Make in India” is by no means insignificant. While the former has a whiff of exclusivity, the latter suggests the involvement of synergies of all forms giving certain distinctiveness for an Indian product.

The CSIR family of laboratories and institutions have developed a knowledgebase of more than 1,300 such technologies from diverse fields. To state that CSIR has performed below its potential would be an understatement. It is now time for CSIR to give its ongoing projects acceleration and reorient its systems to make itself more dependable, accountable and, of course, more efficient.

Against the pleasant backdrop of Dehradun, the directors truly enjoyed the intellectually challenging event. In their personal remarks to the media some of them observed that the holding of the “Chintin Shivir” was overdue and that it had generated a lot of positive energy in their organisations. For instance, Dr Madhu Dikshit of the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, told Financial Express newspaper that the event “provided an opportunity to look into the future and make commitments to deliver to the high expectations of the end users.”

I told the distinguished gathering that India has the potential to lead the world in the field of science and technology, adding that 21st century would belong to India at the global stage under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I also urged the scientists to conduct regular brainstorming sessions for identifying projects for the welfare of the poor and be proactive in their approach. They should actively engage their energy for the bright future of India as envisaged by the Prime Minister.

At the end, we adopted the “Dehradun Declaration” and resolved to develop technologies for national missions like Swachh Bharat, Swasthya Bharat, Skill India, Smart Cities, Digital India and Namami Ganga.

There was also the reiteration to turn CSIR into the catalytic agent to evolve India into Samarth Bharat-Sashakt Bharat; achieve global standards; develop at least 12 game-changing technologies every year; cater to the aspirations of the common man and develop technologies beneficial to the poor; focus on developing technologies for improving the quality of life; develop one technology for the strategic sector, and, bring confidence to society about the relevance of CSIR.

The memorable meeting ended on a note of new confidence. We will meet again at the launch of CSIR’s 75th year celebrations next September. By that time, the Dehradun Declaration will be operational. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s famous slogan “Jai Vigyan” will hopefully be on everyone’s lips.

(Source : Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Government of India facebook account)


#IP 1185 15 -21 June 2015

Dr. (Mrs). Poornima Narayana retires

Dr.(Mrs). Poornima Narayana, Head, ICAST  Division of National Aerospace Laboratories, retired on superannuation  on 31 May 2015. Dr.(Mrs). Poornima Narayana obtained her BSc (Biological sciences) Degree from Bangalore University,  MLISc  from Madras University  and PhD in L & IS on topic ‘Problems & Perspectives in Design and Development of Institutional Repositories’ from Kuvempu University, Karnataka.

Dr. Poornima, joined ICAST on 17/02/1978 and had long stint of 37+ years of professional service. She served in various capacities and finally became Head of the Information Center for Aerospace Science & Technology.  Her notable contributions to ICAST are many, she was instrumental in automating NAL Library, which was one of the first libraries to be automated in India, and she took lead in creating database of entire library collection. Her other major contributions were Design and Development of Library Portal, Institutional Repository, AeroInfo Gateway, Union Catalogue, many more with recently launched automated publication archiving system ‘PRAKAS’

Dr. Poornima took up several projects sponsored by DSIR, NISSAT, AR&DB namely DALIC, ODIARE, KnowGate .She has to her credit more than 80 papers national and international which covers Book chapters, Journal Articles, Conference papers. She had delivered number of keynote lectures in various National and International conferences

Dr. Poornima is recipient of Fulbright Award in Information Sc & Tech in 2004, Outstanding Performance Award by CSIR-NAL in 1998-99 for the Creation of ICAST Portal & Database of Books, Reports, Standards and Patents, Awarded with Platinum plaque for contributions made towards CSIR Open Access Movement by CSIR Central in 2011. She has been Member of several committees to name a few Permanent member of assessment/recruitment committees of DRDO labs, CFTRI, VITM, IAP and IISc, Nodal/Task Force Officer for NKRC (CSIR and DST Consortium), Member of Aerospace resource Panel (ARP) of AR&DB,  Member of the CSIR-Open Access Mandate and many more. She has been also contributed in various NAL activities, to name few,  Member of Hindi Technical Advisory Committee, President of Kannada Samskritika Sangha, Chairman of Women’s Day Celebration Committee, Chairperson of ANSH 2015 seminar, Member of the ‘Management Council of NAL’ for the period 2012-13

In addition to all the above she has been active participant in all extracurricular activities like, sports and cultural programs and has own several trophies

Director and we, her colleagues at both ICAST and NAL wish her a happy, healthy and peaceful retired life


#IP 1184 8 - 14 June 2015

World environment day 2015

On the eve of world environment day (05-06-2015), tree planting was arranged at NWTC, Belur campus (Temple premises and back side of high speed laboratory).  The programme started at 10.45 a.m.  Sri Shyam Chetty, Director, Dr Satish Chandra, Adivsor (M & A), Sri Vidyanathan  Sr. COA,  Administrative staff,  Scientific staff and  Technical Staff  from both Kodihalli and NWTC, Belur campus participated in the programme.    Sri Shyam Chetty advised the employees to  take good care of the plants and  plant more tree species plants where ever suitable place is available inside the campus. 

Different varieties of tree species plants viz. neem, Jamoon, Amla, Teak, Sampigae, Cherry, Pongemia etc were collected from forest nursery and taken up for planting. In total 125 plants were planted.

Photo collage by A B S Vijai, KTMD, NAL

#IP 1183 1 - 7 June 2015


TEAM NAL wishes our colleagues a very happy, healthy and productive life after superannuation on 31 May 2015.

Dr Rajendran R, PR
Dr Poornima Narayan, ICAST
Ms Nirmala Sreedharamurthy, FAB
Mr Prakash A, EBB
Mr Natarajan K, CSM
Mr Range Gowda, EBK
Mr Mumtaz Ahmed Khan, KTMD

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