CSIR-CECRI Celebrates its 75th Foundation Day

CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI), Karaikudi, celebrated its 75th Foundation Day (CECRI@75) on 25July 2022. Dr V. Saraswathy, Chief Scientist, CSIR-CECRI,in her welcome address, revived pages from the past on the origin of CSIR-CECRI and narrated its crucial contributions in various sectors, particularly in Industrial R&D.

Dr N. Kalaiselvi, the then Director, CSIR-CECRI,in her presidential address,proudly mentioned the coincidence of this day with the 100th birthday of Prof. John Bannister Goodenough, Nobel Laureate who is known for his development of lithium-ion batteries. She recalled the remarkable contributions to electrochemical science and technology made by allvisionary leaders of CSIR-CECRI starting from Dr A. Jogarao in 1949 and the realistic impacts it created in the industrial and societal sectors. 

She also re-emphasised the significance of CSIR’s commitment to be the Nodal agency and the Model lab towards Global excellence. Our Hon’ble PM’s Mission to achieve ‘Net-Zero’ emission by 2070 is an ample example in this regard and we all should pursue this as our primary goal, she said.Dr Kalaiselvipresented a glimpse of R&D activities being carried out at CSIR-CECRI in all major Themes identified by CSIR, especially on Energy, Chemicals, Strategic and Healthcare & Nutrition.  She was also optimistic about developing and transferring more technologies identified under CECRI@75 banner within a year.

Padma Vibhushan Dr R. Chidambaram, DAE-Homi Bhabha Professor at BARC, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India and Former Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India was the Chief Guest of the event. He virtually inaugurated the CECRI@75 celebrations – a series of activities throughout the year commemorating 75 years of excellence. He highlighted the expertise and skill sets of CSIR-CECRI and some key achievements in critical and strategic areas in all aspects of electrochemical science and technology.

Shri U.K. Bhattacharya, Director (Projects), NTPC, New Delhi, and Prof. K.I. Vasu, Former Director, CSIR-CECRI & Founder President, Vijnana Bharati graced the occasion as the Guests of Honour.  Shri Bhattacharya briefed the audience on the association of CSIR with NTPC in several large-scale projects and the invaluable inputs received by NTPC from CSIR in solving many issues of varying magnitude. He expressed extreme confidence in working together with CSIR-CECRI based on its impressive technology portfolio in many matching fields of interest. 

Prof. Vasu (94 years old) mesmerised the audience by bringing forth many memorable moments from the magnificent past of CSIR-CECRI. He recalled the remarkable contributions of former Directors of CECRI especially Dr Udupa in industrial electrochemistry, Prof. KSG Doss in revolutionising electrochemical education and Dr K.S. Rajagopalan in corrosion science and engineering. He claimed that CSIR-CECRI with all conceivable infrastructures contains a conducive environment for carrying out world-class research. He praised the campus as a beehive of electrochemistry. He wished CSIR-CECRI all success in all its future endeavours and advised all staff members to contribute their might & march with pride towards Centennial Celebrations.

Dr K.J. Sreeram, Director, CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute (CSIR-CLRI), Chennai and Dr N. Anandavalli, Director, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre (CSIR-SERC), Chennai,offered felicitations and called for more combined efforts in common R&D and institutional activities. Shri R.P. Singh, Head, Innovation Management Directorate, CSIR HQ, New Delhi,envisioned the exclusive role to be played by CSIR-CECRI in almost all leads towards ‘Net Zero’ by 2070.

Several industrial partners, especially those who acquired technological processes from CSIR-CECRI recently, offered felicitations and expressed their gratitude for timely scientific interventions. All of them unanimously solicited continued collaboration in the future as well for a mutually rewarding experience.

On this occasion, the winner of the Logo Designing Competition to mark the 75th Foundation Day Celebrations of CSIR-CECRI was announced (Ms K.M. Lakshmi, Research Scholar, CSIR-CECRI) and the selected CECRI@75 Logo was unveiled by Prof. K.I. Vasu.  He also released a book on Electroplatingin Tamil (VaazhvinAatharam Electroplating) authored by Dr P. Veeramani, Former Chief Scientist, CSIR-CECRI.  The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Shri K.M. Sridhar, Controller of Administration, CSIR-CECRI.

Subsequently, a demonstration of a battery-supercapacitor hybrid e-rickshaw was carried out. As part of the event, the carbon capture demo plant was also inaugurated.