In four years, CSIR earned ₹1,908 crore

In 2015, CSIR decided tp generate about 50% of its budget via external sources.

In 2015, CSIR decided tp generate about 50% of its budget via external sources.   | Photo Credit: Jasper Juinen

Significant improvement anticipated

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India’s largest chain of laboratories, earned ₹1,908 crore in the past four years, according to the response to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

This roughly works out to about 12% of the 38-lab-strong organisation’s budgetary outlay of about ₹16,000 crore over the same period.

Funds hit a rough patch last year. In a letter to staffers last June, Director-General, Girish Sahni had said that there was only ₹360 crore left for funding new research.

In 2017-18 (updated till February), the CSIR earned ₹746 crore, mostly from licensing its technology and its consultancy services, a little higher than the ₹727 crore of 2016-17.

“There are several other sources of revenue, earnings and deliverables from new licensing schemes and projects implemented over the last two years.

“I believe the number this year will be much higher and will be clearer in 2-3 months,” Dr. Sahni told The Hindu.“ I expect our earnings to be 25-30% of the budget, a significant improvement.”

The year-wise numbers reported by The Hindu are sourced from the CSIR. They are higher than the numbers presented to Parliament because they include interest payments due to various labs.

In 2015, the CSIR had decided to generate about 50% of its budget through external sources.

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