CSIR is establishing a new institution to further improve scientific communication
The Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan laid the founding foundation for CSIR, formed following the merger of CSIR-NISCAIR and CSIR NISTADS, on Thursday.
Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan laid the foundation stone for Thursday
A new move to further improve science communication is the CSIR-National Institute of Science Communications and Politics Studies, created after the merger of the CSIR-NISCAIR and CSIR-NISTADS.
The goal of the merger is to synergistically combine the power of these two organizations with a vision to become a world-renowned think tank and resource center for science, technology, and innovation research and communication.
Vardhan stressed the importance of evidence-based policy in making “Aatma-nirbhar Bharat” a science, technology, and innovation reality.
He also said the merger is a turning point in its history, as the knowledge repository of the 2 institutions combines to transform the merged body into an even larger and more prestigious research institution in the global scientific arena.
The Minister has emphasized that the CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR), which has proven so significant during the COVID-19 pandemic, would serve the society in its core areas of SC&P.
The CSIR-National Science Resources Communications and Information Institute (CSIR-NISCAIR) operates the largest and oldest National Science Library (ISSN). The National Information Resource Consortium (NKRC) was responsible for providing access to more than 5000 e-journals of all major publishers, patents, standards, citations, and bibliographic databases.
It was also a border institute for science communication, publishing popular science magazines and scientific journals (Vigyan Pragati and Science Reporter).
CSIR-NISTADS has gained a reputation in its long journey in policy analysis and has a rich research background in the fields of science, science and technology history, and society.
The UNESCO and the Science Council of the Commonwealth, the S&T Councils of the state, and international organizations have carried out initiatives to study their respective S&T promotional schemes. It has also developed a techno-socio-economic forum for socially appropriate, applicable, scalable, and cost-efficient products to develop and implement.
Shekhar Mande, CSIR Director General, expressed his trust in scientists that they would ever achieve new standards in the new institute.
CSIR-NISCAIR and CSIR-NISTADS Director Ranjana Aggarwal stressed the important roles both institutes have played in the last several decades.