Harnessing Science, Technology & Innovation Making India a Global Player

Shekhar C. Mande, Director-General, CSIR Secretary, DSIR


Is it not a curious fact that in a world steeped in irrational hatreds which threaten civilization itself, men and women -- old and young -- detach themselves wholly or partly from the angry current of daily life to devote themselves to the cultivation of beauty, to the extension of knowledge, to the cure of disease, to the amelioration of suffering, just as though fanatics were not simultaneously engaged in spreading pain, ugliness, and suffering?”  — Abraham Flexner in The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

The last two centuries have seen changes, unprecedented in the previous several centuries -- in human life, in our world, our environment, and every aspect related to the biosphere.  Most of these changes have been manmade and largely attributed to the developments of Science and Technology.  Indeed, the technological advances since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century have led to a major impact on human life, the magnitude of which was never seen before.  The recent realization that these changes have also had a major impact on our planet and on the overall ecosystem has led to serious concerns on the sustainability of resources and the future of humanity...Read More