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Dr. Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission visits NIO
Dr.Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission visited National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on 28 May 2010. Dr. Satish Shetye, the Director of the institute briefed him on the research activities that are being carried out at NIO and he also visited couple of important laboratories.
In an address to the scientific and technical staff, Dr. Kasturirangan indicated that this is the right time to take the research activities to a new height since the political will is supportive to S&T development and economic conditions of the country are favourable. He encouraged scientists to translate their ideas in to actions, build capabilities to do high end research. He told that
the Planning Commission is ready to fund research that links to the societal needs, interfaces with the industry, have strategic importance and/or developed linkages between various programmes of Governmental departments. He indicated that the pure research that needs small funding should, no doubt, continue but there is a need to evolve large and very large projects that may even need very large funding. Such projects can be evolved either by the laboratories within CSIR or in the form of megaprojects synergizing institutions from other research laboratories and/or universities. He appreciated the work being carried out at NIO, congratulated for the research activities that has placed the institute at high ranking and hoped for broader outlook for the 12th five year plan period with couple of programmes in the form of megaprojects.
During his visit, he also laid a foundation stone of the administrative building whose construction would begin very soon.
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