80th CSIR Foundation Day Celebration at CSIR-IHBT

CSIR-Himalayan Institute of Bioresource Technology, Palampur, celebrated the 80th Foundation Day of CSIR on 26 September 2021. The chief guest of the function Prof. R.K. Khandal, Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, President R&D and Business Development, India Glycols Limited, Noida, delivered the Foundation Day lecture on "Changing Industrial Trends: Increasing Demand for Renewable Chemicals". In his address, he threw light on clean energy, eco-friendly technology, making new and renewable chemicals using waste materials.

He further said that the sustainability of agriculture is very important for the coming times. He also appreciated the work done by the institute to strengthen the rural economy by developing technologies from Himalayan bio-resources. He emphasised on the need for adopting green and clean technology for biofuel production such as making biofuel from biomass, also known as ‘Purple Ethanol’. He said that CSIR could play an important role in the direction of the production of biofuel.

Earlier, the director of the institute, Dr Sanjay Kumar, welcomed the guests and presented a brief description of the key activities and achievements of the institute. He also congratulated the scientists of the institute who received the CSIR Technology Award for achievements in the field of biology and technology dissemination. He further added that CSIR-IHBT published a total of 145 research papers with an average of 3.43 and the highest impact factor of 11.38. In addition, 27 book chapters were published and a total of 51 patents were filed. At the same time, there was also an innovation of technology at the grassroots level due to which the institute has strengthened the relationship with various stakeholders through entrepreneurship development. 

He informed that the scientists of the institute have taken steps towards self-reliance by developing agricultural techniques of cultivation of asafoetida and saffron. Distillation units were set up in different states for the processing of aromatic crops, especially wild marigolds. He further said that the institute is playing an important role in capacity building among farmers, unemployed youth, and entrepreneurs through different training programmes.

On this occasion, a booklet on plant protection was released and MoUs on biodegradation and floriculture was signed with three different groups of Lahaul. Plantation was also done by the chief guest virtually.

The programme was attended by scientists from other CSIR institutes, former scientists of the institute, dignitaries from the adjoining areas, scientists of CSIR-IHBT, research students, personnel and media representatives through MS-Team.