Special Correspondent

CSIR Foundation Day celebrated in Karaikudi

KARAIKUDI: The need for collaboration and innovation in scientific research to succeed and dominate was highlighted by H. Sivaramakrishnan, President (Research), Piramal Life Sciences, on Thursday.

Delivering the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Foundation Day lecture at the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) here, Dr. Sivaramakrishnan pointed out that the pharma industry had contributed to a phenomenal increase in life expectancy, from 38 years in 1953 to 62 in 2009, in a big way.

Highlighting the arduous process of commercialising a drug molecule, he felt that more and more industry-academic-government collaborations would increase the success rate of drug molecule discovery. The government should also increase the fund allocation for research and development.

V. Yegnaraman, Acting Director, CECRI, in his presidential address, said that the CSIR was one of the largest public funding agencies for research and development in the world.

Those who had retired from CECRI between September 2008 and August 2009 and employees who had completed 25 years of service were honoured on the occasion. Cash awards were presented to wards of CECRI staff for proficiency in science subjects in higher secondary public examinations of April 2009. Prizes were also distributed to winners of essay and drawing competitions organised as part of CSIR Foundation Day celebrations. N. Palaniswamy welcomed the gathering and A. Muthukrishnan proposed a vote of thanks.

CECRI will observe an ‘open day’ on September 26, Saturday, from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enable the public and students visit the facility and interact with scientists as part of CSIR Foundation Day, according to a CECRI press release.