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  • Press Reports from the recent Minister's visit to US

    Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
  • India expressed readiness to enhance cooperation on Arctic science and research during the visit of Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan, to USA

    Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    India expressed readiness to enhance cooperation on Arctic science and research. This was conveyed to the first ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial meeting in Washington DC where the Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan signed a statement for the purpose.  The minister emphasized the significance of environment and climate change in the Arctic region and its impact on Indian Monsoon.



    During his visit from last Wednesday to Sunday, Dr. Harsh Vardhan co-chaired bilateral India-US S&T Joint Commission Meeting along with Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science & Technology and reviewed the progress under five Joint Working Groups for S&T cooperation between two...

  • Prime Minister told scientists to- “Link Technology with Common Man’s Life”- while inaugurating the CSIR Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

    Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    “CSIR is a reflection of India in its diversity and heterogeneity and has left its indelible mark in every sphere of activities of the nation while playing a pivotal role in the development of Modern India by its all-round approach to Research & Development”, said the Prime Minister of India and the President of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Shri Narendra Modi was addressing a distinguished gathering on the occasion of Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of CSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology here today.

    The Prime Minister said that he looks forward to CSIR making an important contribution to the current Government’s mandate of doubling the income of the farmers’ income by 2022, the year the country celebrates 75 years of its Independence. In his message to the science fraternity across the country, Shri Modi stressed upon the urgent need to find technological solutions to address major problems being faced by the farmers, not only in terms...

  • India signs Contract for Exploration of Polymetallic Sulphides with International Seabed Authority

    Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA), for exploration of Poly-Metallic Sulphides (PMS) in Indian Ocean, here today. The contract was signed by Dr. M Rajeevan, Secretary, MoES and Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary General, ISA. The ISA is an institution set up under the Convention on Law of the Sea to which India is a Party.

    The ISA earlier approved an application submitted by the Ministry of Earth Sciences for allotment of 10,000 sq. km. area along with 15-year plan of work for exploration of PMS along Central Indian Ridge (CIR) and Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) region of the Indian Ocean. The Union Cabinet approved signing of this 15-year contract by the Ministry with the ISA in its meeting held on June 15, 2016.

    PMS, containing iron, copper, zinc, silver, gold, platinum in variable constitutions, are precipitates of hot fluids from upwelling hot magma from deep interior of...

  • India to host 1st BRICS Young Scientists Conclave

    Date: Monday, September 26, 2016

    The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, under the BRICS framework, is hosting a five day event where a group of about 50 young scientists/ researchers from BRICS countries are meeting in Bengaluru from 26-30th September, 2016. It would be organized and coordinated by the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru.  

    The meet would provide a platform for engaging, connecting and networking among young scientists to hold discussions and find solutions to some of the common challenges and problems being faced in BRICS countries. The participants are drawn from science, engineering and allied disciplines. The focus of the Conclave would be on three thematic topics – Computational Intelligence, Energy Solutions and Affordable Healthcare.

    This BRICS Young Scientists Conclave assumes importance as it is taking place during India’s chairmanship of BRICS in 2016 under a focal theme of ‘Building, Responsive, Inclusive and...

  • Prime Minister to Inaugurate CSIR Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. Dr. Harsh vardhan launches CSIR’S Integrated skill initiative program

    Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016

    Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Vice President, CSIR, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, at a press conference organized here today, made an announcement that the CSIR Platinum Jubilee Celebrations would be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India and President CSIR, Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 26th September, 2016. The Minister also launched CSIR’s Integrated Skill Initiative Program during the press conference.


    Further, Dr. Harsh Vardhan informed that on this occasion, the Prime Minister would release seven new plant varieties developed at CSIR laboratories to the farmers located at five different locations from across the Nation, in an interactive mode through video conferencing. The Prime Minister would also witness an exclusive CSIR Showcase on major technological contributions of CSIR, organized on the sidelines of the event, he added.


    On this occasion, the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes would...

  • 5th BIRAC Innovator’s Meet kick starts with the theme – ‘Biotech Innovation Ecosystem - Strategizing the Next Leap’

    Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

    Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Undertaking under the aegis of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), is organizing its 5th Innovator’s Meet here on 22nd -23rd September, 2016. Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, presided over the inaugural ceremony as the Chief Guest and Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary was the Guest of Honour.

    BIRAC Innovator’s Meet is an industry-academia interface facilitating national and global partners, providing innovators access to risk capital through targeted funding, technology transfer, IP management and handholding schemes. This would help in bringing innovation excellence to Indian biotech firms, make them globally competitive and facilitate novel, high quality and cost-effective affordable technologies.

    In the National Biotechnology Development Strategy, 2015-2020, Bio-incubators would be...

  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan Congratulates CSIR-CEERI on the Development Handheld GPS-Enabled ‘Ksheer Tester’

    Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

    “The Ksheer Tester will empower the common man with a technology to tackle a national level health hazard due to adulteration in milk”, said Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences. The Minister was addressing the media on the occasion of the 64th Foundation Day Celebrations of Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CEERI) in Pilani today, where he presided over the event as the Chief Guest. Padmashri Prof. Sankar K. Pal, Former Director, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata was the Guest of Honour for the function.



    Dr. Harsh Vardhan,...

  • 5th BIRAC Innovators Meet

    Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council), a non-profit Public Sector Enterprise under the aegis of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, is organizing the 5th Innovators Meet on 22-23 September 2016 in New Delhi. The theme of the meet would be ‘Biotech Innovation Ecosystem - Strategizing the Next Leap’.

    The Innovators Meet is being organized for marking BIRAC’s continuous efforts to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in all places of research. BIRAC’s mandate is to serve as a single window interface to promote affordable innovation in key social sectors with higher focus on start-ups & small and medium enterprises. It is a confluence of around 300 Scientists, Entrepreneurs & Industry Experts, and Policy Makers, who come together to discuss the contemporary issues in the biotech innovation ecosystem and to leverage the networking opportunities offered by the platform.

    In the past 5 years, BIRAC has forged partnerships...

  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan chairs Brainstorming session for Ministry of Earth Sciences to chart Strategies and Action Plans for the future

    Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    "Think with open minds, strategize and work in a coordinated manner for the betterment of every citizen's life", said Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, while presiding over a day-long brainstorming session for the Ministry of Earth Sciences held here today. The Minister expressed the need to revisit all the action plans focussing on the needs of the common man and reorient the Ministry’s programmes in tune with the National mission.

    "Pursue vigorously relevant plans for society's welfare and strengthen mechanisms to monitor and review their success", said Dr. Harsh Vardhan while addressing Senior Officers, Directors and Scientists from Institutes/Laboratories under the Ministry from all over the country. The Minister called upon various units of the Ministry to work proactively with renewed vigour and enthusiasm.