The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is known for its cutting edge R&D knowledge base in diverse S&T areas. It is a contemporary R&D organisation. Having pan-India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories and 38 outreach Centres. CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.
CSIR has been ranked 9th in the world amongst the 1207 Government institutions according to the SCImago Institutions ranking World Report 2017 (www.scimagoir.com). CSIR is thus in the company of globally renowned organisations namely, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France; Helmholtz Gemeinschaft, Germany; Max Planck Gesellschaft, Germany; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain; Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia; Japan Science & Technology Agency, Japan; Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy; and Leibniz Gemeinschaft, Germany.
In overall global ranking, CSIR stands at 75th position amongst 5250 institutions world-wide. It is the only Indian Organisation which has found place amongst the Top 100 Global Institutions.
Scimago Institutions Ranking (SIR) is a science evaluation resource developed by Scimago Labs based on data from Scopus, to assess Worldwide Institutions. The ranking is based on a composite indicator that combines three different sets of indicators based on research performance, innovation outputs and societal impact measured by their web visibility, so as to reflect scientific, economic and social characteristics of institutions.
CISR provides significant technological intervention in many areas with regard to societal efforts which include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, leather, farm and non-farm sectors.
Further, CSIR’s role in S&T human resource development is noteworthy. CSIR is operating a structured national program on skill development. CSIR has also operationalised desired mechanisms to boost entrepreneurship and startups, which are expected to enhance creation and commercialisation of radical and disruptive innovations, leading to the development of new economic sectors as well as boost employment. CSIR has been systematically creating and nurturing highly qualified S&T manpower in the country.