CSIR turns 65, Sibal for focus on biotech, nanotechnology

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New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal today called upon Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to build up technology options in biotechnology and nanotechnology, and partner in greater measure with Indian industry to enable it to compete globally.

''In this era of global competitiveness, CSIR has to be sensitive and alert to the changing needs of the industry and continuously reposition its programmes to be cost-effective and responsive to the market,'' Mr Sibal said on the 65th Foundation Day of CSIR.

On the occasion, the Minister gave away the CSIR Young Scientist Awards-2007 and the CSIR Technology Awards- 2007.

Emphasising that the future lay in innovation not only in manufacturing but also in agriculture, services and governance as well, he said the focus should be to ''leverage our strengths and opportunities to unleash India's innovation potential''.

Agriculture Scientist M S Swaminathan, who was the guest of honour, urged the Council to consider initiating a PAN-CSIR Project relating to the generation of opportunities for skilled, non-farm employment in rural India.

''There is a vast array of technologies in CSIR laboratories in relation to post-harvest processing and value addition, biomass utilisation and efficient natural resources management which if transferred to the field will bring immense joy and benefit to rural families,'' he said.

UNI

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