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CSIR gets its first woman chief

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    19th Aug, 2022


Dr N Kalaiselvi has become the first woman to be appointed Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).


About N Kalaiselvi:

  • Hailing from a small town in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, Kalaiselvi has risen through the ranks in the CSIR and also became the first woman scientist to head the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI) in 2019.
  • She will also hold charge as Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • Kalaiselvi’s research interests include lithium and beyond lithium batteries, supercapacitors and waste-to-wealth driven electrodes and electrolytes for energy storage and electrocatalytic applications.
  • Kalaiselvi also made key contributions to the National Mission for Electric Mobility.
  • She succeeds Shekhar Mande and has been appointed for two years.

About CSIR:

  • It was set up in 1942as an autonomous body (under the Societies Registration Act, 1860).
  • CSIR is now the largest government funded multi-disciplinary industrial research and development (R&D) organisation in India.
  • It comes under the administrative supervision of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • The R&D activities of CSIR include aerospace engineering, structural engineering, ocean sciences, life sciences, metallurgy, chemicals, mining, food, petroleum, leather and environmental science.
  • CSIR is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • CSIR@80: Vision and Strategy 2022 - New CSIR for New India: Under this, the CSIR’s vision is to pursue -
    • Science which strives for global impact,
    • The technology that enables innovation-driven industry,
    • The technology that fosters multidisciplinary leadership, catalysing inclusive economic development for the people of India.

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