The program followed with the speech of Shri Vayalar Ravi, who is the Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and Vice President of CSIR. CSIR is the fountain head of innovation in the Country. In the present economic scenario, its efforts are of immense value.
As the speech started, he said "I congratulate all the awardees and their families. They have made us proud. I am sure the awards they have received, would motivate them further too, in order to enhance their R$D efforts, so as to create newer and newer innovations which would benefit our society.
The distinguished journey of CSIR how its constitute laboratories were established, how CSIR repositioned itself time to time to deliver high quality innovation, benefiting the society, is worth learning. However, SCIR performed as per its assigned mandate, promoted scientific and industrial research through its laboratories, provided fellowships, transferred technologies and disseminated research and industrial information.
To be more proud of, it also began to build trained human resource, which in the final analysis, is the deciding factor transcending every other resource. Today too, the schemes of CSIR cover a wide spectrum, ranging from 15 years to 65 years of age. Perhaps, there is hardly a scientist anywhere in India who has not benefited from at least one of these schemes.
One can speak for hours about CSIR, the outputs and outcomes, it has achieved. I remember, CSIR had brought out the encyclopedia named Wealth of India. Aptly named this publication covers all of India's raw material resources be it plants, animals or minerals.
CSIR has been a partner in the nation's industrial development for indigenous capacity creation after India's independence. With the change in policy regime, CSIR endeavored since 1990's and successfully developed patent protected technologies. Beyond 2005, it focused on the development of niche creating globally competitive technologies.
Major industry houses of India and innumerable MSME's have benefited from CSIR. CSIR's contribution to the development of North-Eastern States is commendable. CSIR is documenting economic impact of many of its technologies through a systematic effort.