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  Agharkar Research Institute (ARI)                  

Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) is an autonomous, grant-in-aid research institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Goverment of India. It was established in 1946 by the Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science as MACS Research Institute and renamed as ARI in 1992 in honour and memory of its founder Director, late Professor S.P. Agharkar. The Institute is committed to promotion of science and technology with emphasis on high standards of research and development activities for the benefit of mankind and the nation. The current research activities encompass biological sciences and focus on three broad areas :

1.Animal sciences
2.Microbial sciences
3.Plant sciences

The ARI is also a main research centre under three All India Co-ordinated Research Projects of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) : Wheat breeding, Soybean breeding and Grape breeding.

The ARI has an agricultural farm located at Hol, near Baramati, about 80 kms from Pune, for experiments on crop plants and for multiplication of seed of improved varieties. The ARI has a distinguished faculty, modern infra-structural facilities, well equipped laboratories, a guest house and students' hostel. It is affiliated to the University of Pune and to the Mahatma Phule Agricultural University (MPAU), Rahuri, District Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, for postgraduate research (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in biological sciences.

A number of research schemes , funded by DST, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DBT and DNES are being operated.

The ARI accepts consultancy, sponsored research

The Director
Agharkar Research Institute
Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road,
Pune-411 004
Maharastra, India.
Phone: 91-20-25654357, 91-20-25653680
Fax: 91-20-25651542
Telegram: macsciari
Web Site: http://www.aripune.org/

  Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational-Sciences (ARIES)

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational-Sciences (ARIES), Nainital The 50-year old State Observatory at Nainital was reincarnated on 22nd March 2004 as ARIES, an acronym given for Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational-SciencES, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. Historically. The Observatory came into existence at Varanasi on 20th April, 1954. The Observatory was later moved from the dust and haze of the plains to more transparent skies of Nainital in 1955, and to its present location in 1961 at an altitude of 1951m at Manora peak, a few km south of the Nainital town. ARIES is situated at quite and picturesque hills with interesting walks through its forest providing great views of Himalayas. The campus hosts rich variety of the Himalayan flora and fauna and occasional sightings of rare birds and wild life. The primary objective of ARIES is to provide national optical observing facilities to carry out research in the frontline areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Sciences. The main research interests are in solar astronomy, stellar astronomy, star clusters, stellar variability and pulsation, photometric studies of nearby galaxies, Quasars, and transient events like supernovae and highly energetic Gamma Ray Bursts. The optical observations carried out at ARIES are well recognised both nationally and internationally. The longitude of ARIES (79o East) locates it in the middle of about 180-degree wide longitude band having modern astronomical facilities between Canary Islands (20o West) and Eastern Australia (157o East). The observations, which are not possible in Canary Islands or Australia due to daylight, can be obtained by ARIES. Because of its geographical location and existence of good astronomical sites, ARIES has made unique contributions to many areas of astronomical research, particularly those involving time critical phenomena. For example, the first successful attempt in the country to observe optical afterglow of Gamma Ray Bursts was carried out from ARIES. A large number of eclipsing binaries, variable stars, star clusters, nearby galaxies, Gamma Ray Bursts, and supernova have been observed from ARIES. In past, new ring systems around Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune were discovered from the observatory. Recently, for the first time a direct correlation between the intranight optical variability and the degree of polarisation of the radio jets in Quasars was established based on the observations from ARIES. In coming years, the Institute plans to setup new observational facilities in the Himalayan region.

For more information please contact:

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational-Sciences (ARIES)
Manora Peak, Nainital 263129, INDIA
Tel: +91 5942 235136/235583
Fax: +91 5942 235136
Website: http://www.aries.ernet.in/

  The Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP)      

The Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP), Lucknow, an autonomous institution under the Depart­ment of Science and Technology, Govt. India is dedicated to promote research on basic as well as applied aspects of Palaeobotany and allied Earth System sciences. The institute has a commitment to ensure growth in basic and applied aspects of paleophyto-resource studies and their bearing on climate change. Research activities during 2007-2008 were focused under six Thrust Area Programmes:

• Early life, atmosphere and oceans: Evidences from Indian Craton (Bio-Geosphere interactions in the Precambrian)
• Fossil land plant communities: Morpho-structure, Evolution, Systematics with applications to Biostratigraphy and Palaeoecology (Plant evolution, Anatomy, Taxonomy and Stratigraphy)
• Integrative Micropalaeontology, Biopetrology and Organic facies: Relevance to fossil fuel characterization and exploration (Integrated approach to realizing economic potential in prospective basins)
• Multi-proxy parameters for Quaternary palaeoclimate reconstructions, vegetation dynamics, relative sea level changes and anthropogenic influence (Integrated approach to climate change, modeling and sustainable ecosystems)
• .Polar and Major Planetary Events (Polar research and record of events such as Tsunami, Earthquakes and Volcanism)
• Frontiers in Palaeobotanical Research (Reconnaissance Projects to aid in development of future research direction). Various research groups are motivated to contribute data on identified mandates in the frontier research themes.

The Bose Institute has served the nation for the past 85 years through its pursuit of advancement of knowledge in science and technology and by developing highly competent and able scientific manpower for the country. The institute has its staff highly qualified and experienced scientists devoted to original and path breaking research in the field of Plant Sciences, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology, Biomedical and Biotechnology. Besides, it has contributed vanguard research in Radiophysics, Quantum mechanics, Astrophysics and condense matter physics. In recent years Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics approaches have also been actively pursued. In addition, there are support and service centres like RSIC, DIC, Library, Workshop etc. The wide-ranging and comprehensive base of available scientific infrastructure at Bose Institute also comprises of the Acharya J. C. Bose High Altitude Research Centre at Darjeeling and experimental field stations at Falta and Madhyamgram. The facilities available in the institute for scientific research and its application are also being regularly used by scientists from several universities and research centres in the country.

Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany,
53 University Road,
Lucknow - 226 007, India
Phone: 91-0522-2740008, 2740011, 2740413, 2740399
Telefax: 91-0522-2740485, 2740098
Website: www.bsip.res.in

  Bose Institute (BOSE)              

Bose Institute, now Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose founded a leading organisation of the nation, in 1917 with an intention for the advancement of science and diffusion of knowledge. The Institute is in the service of the nation for the last 75 years through its pursuit of advancement of knowledge in science and technology and by producing efficient and skilled scientific manpower that the country needs for its development. The institute caters to this need through six departments (Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Biophysics ), two sections (Plant Molecular Cellular Genetics and Animal Physiology ), and through other service centers like RSIC, DIC, Library, Workshop etc. There are also experimental field stations at four different locations in West Bengal (Darjeeling, Falta, Madhyamgram and Shyamnagar ) mainly concentrating in applied research. Scientists of many universities and Institutes of the country also use facilities and infrastructure developed in the Institute. Our scientists also serve the nation through their participation in many national and international scientific committees, and as examiners of many university and national tests.

The institute has two campuses, one located at 93/1 Acharya P.C. Road near Raja Bazar where the Bose Institute was originally founded (commonly known as Main Campus) and the other at Bagmari Road near Kankurgachi (commonly referred to as Centenary Campus, as it was built to commemorate the birth centenary of the founder).

Main Campus
93/1, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road
Kolkata - 700 009
West Bengal, India
Phone: 91-33-2350-2402/ 2403/ 6619/ 6702
Fax: 91-33-2350-6790
Website: www.boseinst.ernet.in

  The Centre for Liquid Crystal Research (CLCR)              

Centre for Liquid Crystal Research, Jalahalli, Bangalore

The Centre for Liquid Crystal Research (CLCR) is an autonomous research institute of the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. It was established in 1991 by Prof.S.Chandrasekhar, FRS as a scientific society registered in Karnataka with the following aims and objectives : To build a centre of excellence which will have a focus on basic science, and would also develop a bias towards technology, keeping in line with the international trends on liquid crystals materials and devices. In addition to basic research on the physical properties of the liquid crystals, the Centre will undertake projects on the application of liquid crystals.

To undertake, carry on, develop and/or promote in every possible and conceivable manner advanced research in the field of liquid crystals and to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge in these subjects.

To undertake and develop techniques for inventing or discovering new products, processes in the field of liquid crystals for the benefit of mankind in general and India in particular. The Centre made a humble beginning with ad-hoc grants from the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, in the form of project grants of SERC and a small grant given by the Raman Research Institute Trust. In 1995, the Planning Commission decided to fund the Centre and brought it under the administrative control of the then Department of Electronics (DoE), Govt. of India to act as a Centre of Excellence for research and development in the area of liquid crystal materials. CLCR then moved to its present location with the land and building provided by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore. Today, CLCR is equipped with state-of-the-art equipments and facilities which are on par with the best of such facilities in this area, anywhere in the world and has carried out research on a variety of topics including synthesis and characterization of a host of liquid crystal materials. It has been active in both the basic and applied aspects of research on liquid crystals, a prominent soft condensed matter. The Centre has actively provided R&D support to BEL in its LCD manufacturing activity. BEL has been its industrial partner in a major initiative by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for new and fast LCDs. Recently CLCR has signed an MoU with M/s. Vision Multimedia Technology Ltd. (VMTL), Japan in connection with transfer of technology of a device invented in its laboratory.


The Director
Centre for Liquid Crystal Research
P.B.No.1329, Jalahalli
Bangalore - 560 013
Ph:91-80-28381119, 28381347, 28382337
Fax: 91-80-28382044
Website: http://www.clcr.res.in/

  Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS)              

Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata

The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, established in July 1876 at 210 Bowbazar street, Calcutta, is a national institution for higher learning whose primary purpose is to foster high quality fundamental research in frontier disciplines of the basic sciences. Founded by Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar, a philanthropist, the activities at the Association in the very early years were supported by generous public contributions. It was conceived and planned in the backdrop of the great cultural and intellectual awakening of the nineteenth century Bengal and was desired by its founder to be an institution 'solely native and purely national'. The original objective of the Association, which continues even today, was to cultivate science in all its departments both with a view to its advancement by original research and to its varied applications to the arts and comforts of life. Till the early decades of this century the Association was the only place in India where higher research in Physical Sciences could be carried out. As a result students from all over India began assembling at Calcutta to work in the creative atmosphere of the Association. Many distinguised scientists of modern India had carried out research here. This was the place where Sir C V Raman did his monumental work, on Physical Optics leading to the discovery of the celebrated Effect which bears his name and won for him and India the first Nobel Prize in Science. K S Krishnan, S Bhagavantam, K Banerjee, L Srivastava, N K Sethi, C Prosad and M N Saha are some illustrious names out of scores of other eminent Indian Scientists who also worked here and enriched the research culture of the Association in the early decades. In 1946 the Association embarked upon a new development plan under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Meghnad Saha envisaging the creation of an active research school for investigation on the problems continuing with the fundamental studies in X-rays, Optics, Magnetism, and Raman Effect in which the Association had specialised in early years. A new campus was opened at Jadavpur which became a sprawling complex of educational research and industrial establishments, where the laboratories were shifted from Bowbazar Street. Now it is an autonomous body funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the government of India and by the government of West Bengal. A number of specific projects raised by individual scientists or groups of scientists are being supported by different funding agencies such as CSIR, DAE, DNES, DST, DOS, DSIR, ICMR, INSA, NSF, UGC and UNDP. At present there are about 80 faculty members working in physics, and chemistry. The Institute has dynamic programmes for the pursuit of research leading to the doctoral degree and for post-doctoral work and has Visiting Scientists Scheme. There is an excellent library, good computing facilities and is connected to Internet. Contact

For more information please contact:

The Director
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
2A&B Raja S C Mullick Road, Calcutta 700032
Phone: 91-33-2473 4971/ 5374/3073/3372/ 5904/3542/2883
Fax: 91-33-2473 2805
Telegram: INDASSON
Website: www.iacs.res.in

  Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA)              

Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

The Indian Institute of Astrophysics traces its origin to the Madras Observatory, started in 1786, and moved to Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, in 1899. Later renamed as the Kodaikanal Observatory, it has been functioning as a full-fledged solar and stellar observatory. In its present form, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics was set up in 1971 as an autonomous research institution to conduct research in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and allied areas of Physics. The institute is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The main campus is located in Koramangala, in the south-eastern part of the city of Bangalore and its field stations are at Kodaikanal, Kavalur, Gauribidanur , Hanle and Hosakote.


The Director
Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Phone: 91-80-25530672
Fax: 91-80-25534043
Website: http://www.iiap.res.in/

  Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG)              

Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Mumbai

Rapid changes in instrumentation have led to the monitoring of geomagnetic fields and fluctuations on land, under the oceans and in space.

Adoption of Sophisticated analysis techniques and fast computers over a period of time have opened up new vistas for practical utilization of geomagnetic measurements and which resulted in many milestones for Indian Institute of Geomagnetism.
Recognising the importance of fostering scientific pursuits in geomagnetism, in 1971, the Colaba-Alibag Observatories were converted into an autonomous research organisation called the "Indian Institute of Geomagnetism" by the the Government of India.

Objectives and functions of the Institute are:

• To establish, maintain and manage laboratories, workshops and/or other units to assist scientific research in Geomagnetism.
• To record, collect, scrutinise, process, publish and supply geomagnetic data.
• To undertake the design, development, construction calibration and standardisation of magnetic instruments.
• To organise training facilities and to train the staff of the Institute and other interested organisations in geomagnetic work and arrange lectures, seminars and symposia in pursuance of the academic work of the Institute and for diffusion of scientific knowledge.
• To invite Scientists from India and abroad who are actively engaged in research in geomagnetism, to deliver lectures and participate in the research activities of the Institute.
• To institute and award fellowships, scholarships, prizes and medals.
• To co-operate and collaborate with other National and/or foreign institutions and international organisations in the field of Geomagnetism.
• To publish scientific papers, bulletins and journals.
• To disseminate information on matters concerning geomagnetism


The Director
Indian Institute of Geomagnetism
Kalamboli Highway,New Panvel
Navi Mumbai- 410218. India
Tel: 91 22 27484017, 27484135, 27484000, 27480763
Fax: 91 22 27480762
Website: www.iigm.res.in

  International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy (IARCPM)              

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials, Hyderabad

ARCI is a state-of-the-art facility for research & development in advanced materials and associated processing technologies. Having its origin in the Integrated Long Term Programme on Cooperation in Science & Technology (ILTP) signed by the erstwhile USSR and India in the late 1980s, ARCI became operational in April 1995. Today, ARCI functions as a grants-in-aid institution of the Government of India's Department of Science & Technology.
Translating Research to Technology has been ARCI's motto and the Centre has set for itself the task of striving to bridge the gap between conventional research institutes & laboratories and the high-technology industries. Consistent with this overall goal, ARCI has dedicated its efforts toward achieving the following objectives:
Development of high performance materials and processes for niche market.
Demonstration of technologies at prototype scale.
Transfer of technologies to the Indian industry.

The Director
International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI)
Balapur PO, HYDERABAD 500 005, Andhra Pradesh, India
Phone: 91-40-24441075/76, 24457104/5/6
Fax: 91-40-24442699/24443168

  Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)              

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

The Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research was established in 1989 by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, to commemorate the centenary (1989) of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru with the main objective of promoting scientific research at the highest level in frontier and interdisciplinary areas of science and Engineering.
The Centre is registered as a Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act and is an Autonomous National Institution. As envisaged at the time of its founding, the Centre maintains close links with the Indian Institute of Science (IISC). The Centre has its main campus in Jakkur on the Bangalore - Hyderabad highway, about 11 km from the IISc campus. This is on a 22 acre plot gifted by the Govt. of Karnataka, and has become operational from July1994. The campus was dedicated to the Nation in March 1995 by Shri K. R. Narayanan, Vice-President of India.
Infrastructural facilities available at the IISc and those being developed by the Centre are used by scientists of both IISc and JNCASR. At the IISc Campus, the Centre has a Lecture Hall, Visitors' House (JAWAHAR) and Guest Rooms catering to the academic visitors to the Centre and to the IISc. A small student hostel is also located on this campus, in addition to some staff housing.

The Director
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research,
Jakkur, Bangalore-560 064, India
Phone: 91-80-22082750
Fax: 91-80-22082766
Website: www.jncasr.ac.in

  National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABTCL)              

National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories, New Delhi

National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is an autonomous body under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and is registered under the Societies Act. NABL has been established with the objective to provide Government, Industry Associations and Industry in general with a scheme for third-party assessment of the quality and technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Government of India has authorised NABL as the sole accreditation body for Testing and Calibration laboratories.
In order to achieve this objective, NABL provides laboratory accreditation services to laboratories that are performing tests / calibrations in accordance with NABL criteria, which is based on internationally accepted standards and guidelines, such as ISO / IEC Guide 25, ISO / IEC 17025 and EN 45001. These services are offered in a non-discriminatory manner and are accessible to all testing and calibration laboratories in India and abroad, regardless of their ownership, legal status, size and degree of independence.
NABL has established its Accreditation System in accordance with ISO/IEC Guide 58, which is followed internationally.
NABL also satisfies the requirements of APLAC MR001. NABL had undergone a peer evaluation by a 4 member team of APLAC in July 2000, based on which NABL qualified as an APLAC MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) Partner as well as a Signatory to ILAC Arrangements. This distinction has brought additional responsibility on NABL and its accredited laboratories. Annual Surveillance are carried out to ensure that the accredited laboratories are continuing to comply the accreditation criteria. NABL and its accredited laboratories are also required to meet the new challenges arising out of requirements such as satisfactory participation in a recognized Proficiency Testing Programme and the requirement of estimating the Uncertainty in Measurements even by the testing laboratories. NABL has already published the revised guideline on Estimation of Uncertainty in Measurement for Calibration Laboratories. NABL also conducts One-Day Awareness Programmes on key issues such as Uncertainty in Measurement, Proficiency Testing, Validation etc. at different parts of India so that applicant and accredited laboratories can take the appropriate action.

National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories
3rd Floor, NISCAIR Building
14, Satsang Vihar Marg, New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi – 110067 (India)
Tel.: 91–11–26529718 – 20, 26526864
Fax: 91–11–26529716
Website: http://www.nabl-india.org/

  Raman Research Institute (RRI)              

Raman Research Institute, Bangalore

The Raman Research Institute was founded by Nobel laureate Sir C.V.Raman in 1948 with funds from private sources. The main activity of the institute was basic research in selected areas of physics which were of particular interest to Prof. Raman. The institute owes its origin to action of government of Mysore in gifting to the Indian Academy of Sciences a plot of land in Bangalore in December 1934. In the year 1956, Prof. Raman made an irrevocable gift to the Indian Academy of Sciences, of various movable and immovable properties for the use and the benefit of the Raman Research Institute.
After Prof. Raman's death in November, 1970, The Indian Academy of Sciences created in July 1971 a public charitable educational trust by the name Raman Research Institute Trust (RRI Trust). The Academy transferred to the trust the lands, buildings, deposits, securities, bank deposits, moneys, laboratories, instruments and other movable and immovable properties held by it for the purpose of RRI. One of the main objectives of the RRI Trust is principally to maintain, conduct and sustain the Raman Research Institute.
The institute was reorganized in 1972 and started receiving funds from the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. The institute is administered by a Governing Council.
Currently, the main areas of research are Astronomy and Astrophysics, Liquid Crystals, Theoretical Physics and Optics.

The Director
Raman Research Institute
C. V. Raman Avenue, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore - 560 080
Phone: 91-080-2361 0122 to 2361 0129 (8 lines)
Fax: 91-80-2361 0492
Website: www.rri.res.in

  S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SINBOSE)              

S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata

S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences was established in 1986 as an autonomous research institution by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences is unique in exposing scholars to the cutting edge of research in the basic sciences through national and international conferences and an active visitors' programme evolved around an energetic core faculty with multidisciplinary interests.
Major Research Areas:
Electronic Structure and the Physics of Materials
Soft Condensed Matter and Complex Systems
Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
Physics of Mesoscopic and Nanoscopic Systems
Quantum Optics and Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Field Theory and High Energy Physics
Chemical Physics
Integrable systems, Differential Geometry and Probability Theory

S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences,
Sector-III, Block - JD, Salt Lake,
Kolkata - 700 098
Phone: +91 (033) 2335 5706-8
Fax : +91 (033) 2335 3477
Website: http://www.boson.bose.res.in/

  Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (STIMST)              

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST) signifies the convergence of medical science and technology, which makes it a unique institution of it's kind. The main objectives of the institute are promotion of biomedical engineering and technology, demonstration of high standards of patient care and the development of post graduate training programs of the highest quality in advanced medical specialties and in biomedical engineering and technology.The institute has a 233 bedded specialty hospital, which serves as tertiary referral centre for all cardiovascular, thoracic and neurological diseases, a technology wing to conceive and develop new hospital based technologies and a centre of excellence for health science studies. The institute has the status of a University

The Director
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
Thiruvananthapuram, India - 695011
Phone: 91-471-2524600
Fax: 91-471-2446433, 2550728
Website: www.sctimst.ac.in

  Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC)              

Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC), New Delhi

The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) is a registered society under Department of Science & Technology. The main objectives of TIFAC include generation of Technology Forecasting/Technology Assessment/ Techno Market Survey documents, developing on-line nationally accessible information system, promotion of technologies and evolving suitable mechanism for testing of technology and enabling technology transfer as well as commercialisation. TIFAC has so far produced more than 200 reports including the 25 document series on Technology Vision up to 2020 and 16 document series on S&T in different sectors.
Three major Technology Missions are being implemented by TIFAC in addition to promotion of about 50 Home Grown Technologies.
Technology Forecasting (TF), Technology Assessment (TA) and Techno Market Survey (TMS) Studies

Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC)
Department of Science and Technology (DST)
'A' Wing, Vishwakarma Bhavan, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110016, India.
Phone: +91-(0)11-26592600, 26867764
Fax: 26961158, 26528227, 26863866
Website: http://www.tifac.org.in/

  Vigyan Prasar (VIGYANP)              

Vigyan Prasar, New Delhi

Vigyan Prasar (VP), an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science an Technology, Government of India, was set up in 1989 to take on large-scale science and technology popularisation tasks. Vigyan Prasar aims to promote and propagate - as widely as possible - a scientific and rational outlook in the society. Its broad objectives include :
Undertaking, promoting and co-ordinating efforts in science popularization and inculcation of scientific temper among the people.

Development of software for various media - audio, visual, audio-visual & print and different modes of communication to enable the masses to understand, appreciate and comprehend scientific principles and practices.
VP has established a network of more than 7000 science clubs in the country, called the VIPNET science clubs. VP regularly produces radio and television programmes in different languages. "Dream 2047", Vigyan Prasar's monthly newsletter-cum-popular science magazine reaches nearly 50,000 subscribers. Vigyan Prasar's website is a repository of information on science and technology. VP has been utilising latest technologies like WorldSpace Satellite Digital Radio and Edusat. VP has established a network of Edusat interactive terminals for S&T communication throughout the country.

Vigyan Prasar
A-50, Institutional Area, Sector-62,
Noida - 201307, U.P., India.
Tele: 0120-2404430, 31, 35, 36
Fax : 0120-2404437
Website: www.vigyanprasar.gov.in

  Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WADIA)              

Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun

The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology is an autonomous research Institute of the Department of the science & Technology, Govt. of India. Established in June, 1968 as a small nucleus in two rooms of the Botany Department, Delhi University, the Institute was shifted to Dehra Dun during April, 1976. Previously named as the Institute of Himalayan Geology, it was renamed as the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in memory of its founder- the late Prof. D. N. Wadia, (F.R.S. and National Professor), in appreciation to his contributions to geology of the Himalayas. During the last quarter century the Institute has grown into a centre of excellence in Himalayan Geology and is recognised as a National Laboratory of International repute with well equipped laboratories and other infra structural facilities for undertaking advance level of research in the Country. The Institute at present has on its roll 54 scientists, 48 technical and 76 administration and supporting staff. Also there are about 40 research students, research associates and other staff working in sponsored projects.

The Director
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
33, Gen. Mahadeo Singh Road, Dehra Dun - 248001
Phone: 91-135-2627387, 2624806, 2623109
Fax: 91-135-2625212
Website: http://www.himgeology.com/

Department of Science & Industrial Research (DSIR)

  The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)              

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) --the premier industrial R&D organization in India was constituted in 1942 by a resolution of the then Central Legislative Assembly. It is an autonomous body registered under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860.CSIR aims to provide industrial competitiveness, social welfare, strong S&T base for strategic sectors and advancement of fundamental knowledge.

The Strategic Road Map designed for CSIR as it stepped into the new Millennium envisaged:

Re-engineering the organisational structure;
Linking research to marketspace;
Mobilising and Optimising the resource base;
Creating an enabling infrastructure; and
Investing in high quality science that will be the harbinger of future technologies.

Interestingly , the Government of India has also announced a new Science and Technology Policy 2003 in the early years of the new century. It presents Science and Technology with a human face and emphasizes realities such as facing open, global competition; need for examining social, economic and environmental consequences of S&T; and, aggressive international benchmarking and innovation. It advocates strong support for basic research. It emphasizes manpower build-up and retention as important challenges. It advocates dynamism in S&T governance, through the participation of scientists and technologies.

Today CSIR is recognised as one of the world’s largest publicly funded R&D organisations having linkages to academia, R&D organisations and industry. CSIR’s 38 laboratories not only knit India into a giant network that impacts and add quality to the life of each and every Indian but CSIR is also party to the prestigious Global Research Alliance with the objective of applying global knowledge pool for global good through global funding. CSIR’s R&D portfolio embraces areas as diverse as Aerospace, Biotechnology, Chemicals…indeed, almost the ABC-Z of Indian Science!

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Anusandhan Bhawan,
2 Rafi Marg,
New Delhi-110001,



  Consultancy Development Centre (CDC)              

Consultancy Development Centre (CDC) is an Autonomous organisation of Department of Scientific & Industrial research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India set up for promotion, development and strengthening of consultancy skills and capabilities in the country including enhancement of export of consultancy and professional services.


Consultancy Development Centre
Core 4B 2nd Floor,
India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
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  Indian Vaccines Corporation Limited (IVCOL)              

Indian Vaccines Corporation Limited, Gurgaon

The Indian Vaccines Corporation Limited (IVCOL) was incorporated as a joint venture company in March 1989 to undertake research and development and manufacture of viral vaccines. Due to problems arising out of change in product mix and technology transfer the company is on hold since February, 1992.

The decision of the Cabinet to restructure IVCOL and to utilize the assets created has been substantially implemented. The National Brain Research Centre has been established on the premises. The pattern of shareholding in the Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (IPCL), one of the promoters of IVCOL, has changed with the acquisition of controlling shares of IPCL by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). The new management of IPCL has submitted a proposal for acquisition of controlling shares of IVCOL and revival of the company. The proposal has been considered and is being submitted to the competent authority for its decision shortly. It is expected that within the next few months IVCOL will be restructured and revived.

  Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporation Limited (BIBCOL)              

Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporation Limited Bulandshahar

Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporation Limited (BIBCOL) was incorporated in March 1989 as a Public Sector company at Village Chola, Distt. Bulandshahar, U.P., to manufacture Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and other immunobiologicals. It is a highly modern manufacturing facility which follows Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) as specified by WHO and US Federal Standards.

The company has been formulating Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) from imported bulk since January 1996 and about 700 million doses have been supplied to the National Immunization Programme. This includes OPV supplied through UNICEF. The company is making profit in its current operations for last few years. As a result of this it has been possible to achieve a one-time settlement with the financial institutions and banks. It has paid Rs.28.54 crores to financial institutions and banks under the said settlement. The company’s net worth has become positive and, therefore, it has been discharged from the purview of the Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provision) Act, 1985 in August 2002. Process of obtaining cabinet approval for financial restructuring of the company to give effect to one time settlement with Banks and Financial Institutions is at advanced stage.

During the year 2002-03 the company is expected to formulate 125 million doses of OPV from imported bulk and supply the same to the National Immunization Programme.


Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporation Limited (BIBCOL),
(A Government of India Undertaking)
OPV Plant, Village Chola, Bulandshahr 203203
Uttar Pradesh, India
Tel: +91-5732-238758 – 763 ( 6 lines)
Fax: +91-5732-238757

e-mail: bibcolindia@gmail.com
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