CSIR committed to make India ‘Atmanirbhar’ by developing indigenous technologies: Dr. N. Kalaiselvi
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CSIR committed to make India ‘Atmanirbhar’ by developing indigenous technologies: Dr. N. Kalaiselvi

The country has to prepare itself for its current and future scientific requirements as the world today is moving ahead in an unpredictable manner

  • By ICN Bureau | January 31, 2024

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is committed to make India ‘Atmanirbhar’ by developing indigenous technologies, said Dr. N. Kalaiselvi, Director General, CSIR.

“CSIR, through its 37 laboratories across the country, are involved in all aspects of their research and development to what extent they can bring in ‘Atmanirbharta’ for indigenization of technologies, through which we can ensure that the country will become self-sustainable in the coming years. Thanks to Mother Nature, India has all the raw material sources to achieve that mission,” said Dr. N. Kalaiselvi.  

Kalaiselvi, who is also the Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research said, "The country has to prepare itself for its current and future scientific requirements as the world today is moving ahead in an unpredictable manner therefore CSIR has already prioritized that any research happening under its aegis should have a component called indigenization.”

Talking about the success stories of Atmanirbhar’ initiatives of the CSIR, Dr. Kalaiselvi said that the CSIR’s this year’s Republic Day Tableau had highlighted the unleashing of a Purple Revolution ushered through Lavender cultivation in Jammu & Kashmir.

CSIR’s scientific interventions have led to the phenomenal growth of lavender cultivation and development of lavender products taking lavender from lab-to-market and creating several agri-start-ups in J&K. CSIR developed an elite variety of lavender suitable for cultivation in temperate regions of J&K and provided free saplings and end-to-end agro-technologies to farmers and also installed distillation units for essential oil extraction in several regions of J&K. The success of Lavender cultivation in J&K earned it the sobriquet, ‘Purple Revolution’.

“We are from the scientific fraternity. We can just hand over technology to a startup. Once the technology is transferred, it becomes the responsibility of the startup to take it to greater heights. But we are not doing that. CSIR handholds the startups and walks along with them throughout their journey. More than 300 agri-startups in Jammu and Kashmir are being supported by CSIR as a remote mission,” the DG said, adding that a minor contribution of the CSIR is now giving greater confidence to the Jammu and Kashmir people.

She further explained how India, which had been importing lemongrass oil for years, became an exporting country by 2023, all thanks to CSIR’s Aroma Mission. In the year 2023, the country has exported 600 million tons of lemongrass oil, she said.

Dr Kalaiselvi also mentioned about the hydrogen hydrate producing manufacturing facility under the CSIR that was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2022.

“While launching the facility, the Prime Minister had promised that commercial production of the hydrogen hydrate will start within one year. In the year 2023, the first batch of commercial production of hydrogen hydrate started. Today, it is a 10,000 tonnes per annum-manufacturing plant.”

The hydrogen hydrate is now finding its application in chemical industries, processing industries, and several other chemistry-related and pharmacy-related industries.

Talking about the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technology, Dr. Kalaiselvi said that two aircrafts that took part in the Republic Day flypast were SAF, an indigenously developed technology in the field of aviation. “We have now signed an agreement with Airbus. The Airbus will be making use of our SAF technology. A few more private players are also in talks with us,” she said.


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