CSIR Scientists No Tools
Shocking Revelation: Half of the Top Scientists Leading CSIR Labs Lack Key Tools for Research Success!
New Delhi: According to recent RTI responses, over 50% of directors at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) laboratories lack their own dedicated research space and essential external grants. This has raised a debate within the scientific community about whether directors should focus on personal research or prioritize solving national issues.
Exclusive information obtained by DH from 22 out of 37 CSIR labs reveals that many directors are without external grants, and almost half of them do not have dedicated laboratory space. While some argue that directors should lead by example in active research, others believe CSIR labs should concentrate on addressing national challenges.
Critics emphasize that directors play a crucial role in fostering innovation and success within research-focused organizations. They contend that personal research initiatives can contribute to the overall productivity and goals of
the institution. However, former CSIR directors argue that national interests should take precedence over individual research programs.
CSIR Director General N Kalaiselvi suggests that a balance is necessary, acknowledging that a director engaged in laboratory research is beneficial, but not at the expense of the institute’s overall functioning.
Critics also point out that CSIR labs are now part of the AcSIR system, where scientists are committed to full-time research. Questions arise about whether some CSIR directors are effectively serving as mentors within this system.
More than a decade ago, the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) was established to mentor young researchers and produce leaders in science and technology. CSIR officials clarify that some directors may maintain labs in their parent organizations or come from industry backgrounds without individual labs.
In response, Kalaiselvi emphasizes that directors should be seen as coach-cum-managers, organizing, coordinating, and driving team performance to elevate the organization. The debate continues over the role of CSIR directors in balancing personal research pursuits with their leadership responsibilities.