CSIR to return to R-Day parade with tableau

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is set to return to the Republic Day parade as the defence ministry has approved a tableau depicting 75 years of the existence of the council.

In the tableau that would parade on the Rajpath on January 26, the CSIR would highlight its major achievements in the last six decades and how its technologies have benefited the common man, sources told DH. Science departments rarely get an opportunity to showcase their achievements in the Republic Day parade. The previous two occasions were in 2011 when the CSIR displayed its drug discovery programme and in 2009 when the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru, presented the high-points of Indian astronomy research.

The CSIR was set up in 1942 to provide technical backbone to large engineering and scientific projects in addition to generating trained manpower. The council now has 37 laboratories and 39 field stations. The council is under pressure from the Centre to generate more revenue from the industry and carry out more socially relevant research.

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