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Dr Jitendra presents coveted Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar National Awards

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NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today presented the coveted Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar National Awards to eminent Scientists below the age of 45, at a a largely attended function at Bharat Mandapam here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, in a written message, extended his heartiest congratulations to all the winners of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award and extended his greetings and best wishes to everyone associated with CSIR for the success of the 82nd CSIR Foundation Day.
Dr Jitendra Singh read out the written message sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who could not be physically present because of preoccupations.
The Prime Minister’s message hailed CSIR for playing a prominent part in serving the society, industry and the nation. The message , in particular, mentioned the aroma mission, strides in floriculture, the Purple Revolution ushered in through Lavender cultivation in Jammu and Kashmir, laying of Steel Slag roads along border areas of the country are just some instances of CSIR’s contribution in meeting national aspirations.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister, the CSIR could become the mainstay of STI journey in Amrit kaal to make India a Global Tech-Hub and the 100th year of CSIR in 2042 could trigger the glory of 100th year of independent India in 2047.
PM, who is also the President of CSIR, in his message said, said that the period till 2047 when we will celebrate the centenary of our independence, is an opportunity to fulfil the vision of building a strong, inclusive and self-reliant India and it is in this context that the role of institutions such as CSIR assumes greater relevance.
Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also Vice-President of CSIR said, India is seeing sea changes in the way S&T is being spearheaded and organized to address not only national aspirations towards socio economic growth but also global positioning. Referring to some of the magnificent achievements and initiatives of CSIR, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) Mission is a pioneering initiative undertaken by the CSIR to address the pressing global challenge of reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change. He said, the Mission focuses on developing innovative technologies and solutions related to CO2 capture, utilisation, and storage. I am given to understand that the key stakeholders with whom CSIR has been discussing this Mission include Adani, Reliance, Tata steel, Ultratech Cement, NTPC, JSW Steel, among others, the Minister added.
In her address, Secretary, DSIR and DG, CSIR, Dr N. Kalaiselvi said, in coming days, CSIR will enlarge its canvas and after the announcement of CSIR Vision-2030, it will also soon launch in a big way CSIR Vision -2042 to celebrate the Centenary Year of CSIR. She said, that both the Visions of CSIR will be in perfect alignment with Prime Minister’s Vision of a Developed India in 2047.
Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Professor Ajay Kumar Sood in his address talked about the rationalisation of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards and other Science Awards. He informed that the Awards will be announced on May, 11, the National Technology Day and the same will be presented on 23rd August, the day Vikram landed on South Pole of the Moon.
The prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards were also presented to the winners by the Union Minister.

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