CSIR 800 Program

Is a project which aims at providing a better life to 800 million people in the country and hence bringing solutions in the area of health, agriculture, and energy. Scientific and Technological innovations cover a varied range of technologies such as mechanized agriculture, low cost housing, new cultivation techniques, water purification techniques, and traditional ceramic products using local based inputs. In terms of disaster management, CSIR has provided relief in the face of calamities such as cyclones, tsunami, or earthquakes. Be it the Tsunami of 2004 or the floods in Bihar, CSIR undertook the largest production of instant food through its R&D lab and provided 55 tonnes of food and also made available sweet drinking water through reverse osmosis and electrodialysis techniques; and extended support through large scale geo-engineering experiments. CSIR has developed several cost effect drugs for the poor. CSIR has developed eleven of the fourteen drugs which are developed in the India. Some of them are anti malarial drugs –– Elubaquine & Arteether, technology for oral insulin and hepatitis B vaccine, anti-HIV cocktail etc. With its large pool of scientists and technicians, CSIR has been providing knowledge and training nation wide, be it the remote or the industrial areas. It is contributing to national development by providing open access to industry and academia to conduct research in its laboratories. It is also involved in disseminating technologies.
Born out of the recent CSIR vision, appropriately titled, CSIR-800 aimed at empowering 800 million Indians by way of S&T intervention, the Mark I version of Soleckshaw has been designed, developed and prototyped by the CSIR’s national laboratory, the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) at Durgapur, in a record time of eight months.

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