CSIR-CECRI Celebrates 73rd Foundation Day

CSIR-CECRI (Central Electrochemical Research Institute), Karaikudi, celebrated its 73rd Foundation Day on 25 July 2020 on a virtual platform. 

Dr N. Kalaiselvi, Director, CSIR-CECRI welcomed the participants and delineated the genesis of the Institute. On behalf of the entire CSIR-CECRI family, she expressed her sincere gratitude and paid tributes to the visionary philanthropist Padma Bhushan Dr Alagappa Chettiar, without whose vision this Institute would not have been a reality. CSIR-CECRI is working on the sole mantra of providing electrochemical solutions to the entire humanity and striving sincerely to be an Institute of all-time relevance, she said.

Dr Shekhar C. Mande, Director-General, CSIR and Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt of India, New Delhi, in his Presidential Address, recalled the remarkable journey and glory of CSIR-CECRI, especially its contributions to strategic sectors, including many critical missions of ISRO, and being the driving force behind India’s explorations in space. He highlighted the significance and momentum of energy security in the near future and the major role to be played by CSIR-CECRI.

Dr Ajit V. Sapre, Group President-R&T, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Navi Mumbai, was the Chief Guest who also delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on “Role of Education, Science & Engineering for Aatma Nirbhar Bharat: One Perspective”. In his illuminating and informative lecture, he focused on his group’s innovative ideas that have entirely transformed their future approach leading to independence from imports and sufficient self-reliant. He cited many examples of seeking scientific interventions from CSIR Labs especially CECRI, Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun, and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, in areas like CO2 capture and conversion, Batteries & Fuel Cells, Benzene recovery and Biofuels.

He indicated that catalytic cracking and gasification have emerged as game changers and instrumental in decarbonization for the sustained economic growth of the Nation. The future belongs to Biology he opined while quoting an interesting illustration of Reliance’s Waste to Wealth Technology to convert Algae as a profitable platform for renewable materials, functional food, etc. He also quoted RIL’s involvement in the fight against COVID-19 through the production of Astaxanthin from Algae and fast & affordable detection kits in collaboration with CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Jammu. RIL with its integrated science and technology platform is ready to drive the fourth industrial revolution in India which will be an amalgamation of physical, digital and biological worlds driven majorly by Artificial Intelligence (AI), he said.

Dr M. Arumugam, Director, Broadline Technologies Limited, Chennai and Prof. Nishant Dongari, IIT Hyderabad, participated as Guests of Honour and recalled the dedicated and energetic work of CSIR-CECRI in the collaborative R&D activities.

On this occasion, Skill Development Training Centre, renovated Community Centre and CFE Girls Hostel Annex at CSIR-CECRI, Karaikudi were inaugurated. The event ended with vote of thanks by Dr D. Velayutham, senior-most Chief Scientist, CSIR-CECRI, Karaikudi.