New DG CSIR calls on Dr Jitendra, discusses ongoing projects

NEW DELHI, August 8 : Newly appointed Director General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr N. Kalaiselvi today called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh after taking over the charge of office.
For her appointment as India’s first ever woman DG of CSIR, Dr Kalaselvi profusely thanked Dr Jitendra Singh who is also the Vice President of CSIR.
The new DG discussed with the Minister the status of CSIR’s ongoing research projects in cutting edge and futuristic technologies. Earlier, N. Kalaiselvi worked as Director of the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu.
Kalaiselvi apprised Dr Jitendra Singh about her research experience spanning over two decades in areas like electrochemical power systems, energy storage devices, lithium technologies and electric mobility.
Dr Jitendra Singh congratulated Kalaiselvi for being the first woman DG of CSIR in its rich history and legacy of over 80 years. He also underlined that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a penchant for taking decisions having a positive bearing with sound scientific basis on overall growth and development of the country.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that CSIR having a network of 38 laboratories and over 4,500 scientists must focus on emerging innovations in areas like Hydrogen in the energy transition, Carbon capture and storage, Accessible solar power, Plastic recycling and Cheap energy storage. He lauded National Aerospace Laboratories, a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-NAL) for recently showcasing the solar powered high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, also known as the ‘High Altitude Performance (HAP) Vehicle. The HAP is designed to fly at an altitude of 22 km and for a span of up to 90 days and could work as a pseudo satellite, with a higher performance, lower launch cost. Similarly, the Minister also underlined the pioneering work being done in Drone technology.
Dwelling on the Aroma Mission of CSIR, Dr Jitendra Singh said, “Purple Revolution” in Jammu and Kashmir has changed the face of farming in UT. He said, due to high monetary returns, in a brief span of time, aroma/lavender cultivation has become a popular option in farming for agricultural Start-ups in J&K.
Dr Jitendra Singh also discussed to take the state-of-the-art Heli-borne survey technology of CSIR for groundwater management on a wider scale with cooperation and coordination from Jal Shakti Ministry. He said, the technology developed by CSIR-NGRI Hyderabad was applied last year in States of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana and this could play an important role in positively contributing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Vision and Mission of “Har GharNal Se Jal”. Similarly, the mechanized sewage cleaning system developed by CSIR for wider dissemination will help in achieving the target of Swachh Bharat Mission, he added.