The Department of Official Language, Government of India, Regional Implementation Office (Southwest) having jurisdiction of the states of Kerala, Tamilnadu, and the Union territory of Puthucherry and Lakshadweep has selected CSIR-NIIST for the first prize under the category of offices with more than 50 personnel in implementing the Official Language during the year 2017-18. The Rajbhasha Shield and Commendation Certificate were distributed by His Excellency the Governor of Kerala Sri P. Sathasivam on 14.02.2019 during the Regional Official Language Conference held at Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi.
(1)Smt. Lathi Devi, Hindi Officer receiving the Commendation Certificate, (2)Shri N.S. Raju, Controller of Administration receiving Rajbhasha Shield from His Excellency the Governor of Kerala Sri P. Sathasivam