The reported recommendation for appointment of Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow as Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology here has caused resentment among staff and scientists of IICT.

They dashed off representations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Science and Technology Minister S. Jaipal Reddy and Director-General, CSIR, Samir K. Brahmachari.

The Prime Minister is the President of CSIR, while the Union Science and Technology Minister is its vice-president.

CSIR Scientists Service Forum in identical representations sent to Prime Minister and others claimed that all the employees of CSIR-IICT were opposed to such move and demanded that the next director should be from scientists working at IICT. Similar representations were sent separately by SC-ST Employees Welfare Association, IICT, Group-III Staff Service Association, Group-II Employees Service Association, Group-1 Staff Service Association.

It is learnt that some of the IICT employees’ leaders also met Mr. Jaipal Reddy and brought the matter to his notice.

According to sources, following approval by Mr. Jaipal Reddy, the file would be placed before appointments committee and finally sent to the Prime Minister for final clearance.