CSIR Technofest bags Gold Medal Award at Trade Fair

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New Delhi : The pavilion of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s adjudged First (Gold Medal) for excellence in display in the category, ‘Ministries & Departments’at the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) which concluded here on Sunday. The Gold medal was presented by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) Chairman, Mr. L.C. Mittal.

Dr.Girish Sahni, Director General, CSIR said: “Getting recognized for what CSIR is doing is indeed exciting. Everything happened because of the hard work put in by the entire CSIR family. The outcome of the last 75 year journeyof the organization was on display and people liked it. We tried to portray our technologies in an aesthetically appealing way and we succeeded, as we stood first. This will boost us to continue the good work in the future.”

Talking about the mission and vision of CSIR,he added: ``A number of projects are in the pipeline to take our mission projects further. More than 10 projects are being undertaken, including menthol mint production, enabling leather industry and new improved high-yield crop varieties for farmers which will increase their incomes. ”

After receiving the award,  Dr. Daljit Singh Bedi, Head USD and Coordinator of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest expressed  satisfaction, saying it was the most appropriate recognition of the teamwork of CSIR, depicting its contribution to the nation in its journey of more than seven decades in the most effective manner.”

The Technofestkicked-off on November 14 and each day was dedicated to different themes on various technologies, innovation and products developed by the CSIR laboratories. A total of 14 theme-based pavilionswere set up in the Technofest. Beginning with the theme of ‘Aerospace & Strategic sector’, the event witnessed other theme-based activities focusing on ‘Generics & Healthcare’, ‘Engineering & Infrastructure’, ‘Energy’ and ‘Leather’, Mining, Minerals & Materials, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, ‘Ecology & Environment’, ‘Water’, ‘Agriculture & Floriculture’, ‘Food & Nutrition’, ‘CSIR for Societal Interventions’, CSIR 800 and IP and Entrepreneurship.

The Technofest received a widespread applause and appreciation as it warmly got maximum footfall on Sunday, the last day of the 36th Trade Fair.

“This is an extraordinary effort by such a premier institution. This is a golden opportunity to experience the inventions by the pioneer scientists of our nation and CSIR. We hope to see such initiatives every year,’’ a visitor said. 

For the commercial launch of the latest technologies by CSIR, 45MoUswere signed with the industrial partners. More than 150 S&T presentations were made by CSIR professionals and its industrial partners. Several panel discussions session were held during the course of the event. The mission mode technologies and innovations are ready to being transferred in the future.

CSIR, with its motto of ‘Touching Lives’, is leaving a remarkable imprint upon its technology partners and technology users.