Dateline CSIR


10th Meeting of the CSIR Society was held.  Hon’ble Prime Minister and President, CSIR Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee presided over the meeting.  Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi, Hon’ble Union Minister of HRD, S&T and Ocean Development and Vice President, CSIR and distinguished members of the Society also graced the occasion.

157th meeting of GB was held. It approved the financial support for establishment of a Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies in Biomedical & Social sciences for the study of brain, psychological processes and human behaviour to be set up at SGPGI, Lucknow; CCEA approval for guidelines for NMITLI scheme, TFYP proposals under the ongoing schemes ‘National Laboratories’.
17th Prof. M. K. Chandrashekaran, AstraZeneca Professor & Chairman, Evolutionary & Organization Biology. JCAR, Bangalore delivered  the CSIR Diamond Jubilee Lecture on “Biological Clocks in Bats, Mice and Humans” at CDRI
22nd CFRI celebrated its foundation day. Dr. H.S. Maiti, Director, CGCRI delivered lecture on “Fuel Cell- an ecofriendly power generating device”. Prof. B.B. Bhattacharya, Director, ISM also graced the occasion.
23rd Third CEERI Golden Jubilee lecture was delivered by Prof. Ashok Chandra, Chairman, ECIL on `Technology Imperatives of socio-economic development.’
29th-May 3rd CSIR Diamond Jubilee exhibition was organized at Guwahati by RRL-Jorhat and was inaugurated by Dr. P. C. Choudhury, Member, APSC, Govt of Assam.
May, 2003  
3rd PLHOSTFA , the first bio-informatics software developed by IGIB was launched by DG,CSIR. Three copies of the academic version have been licensed to educational organizations in India. The marketing rights have been assigned to M/S Jalaja Technologies, Hyderabad.
9th CSIO-Industry Get-Together was organized to commemorate the Silver Jubilee Year of the Die & Mould Making Section of Indo-Swiss Training Centre of CSIO.  Prof. D.N. Tiwari, Member, Planning Commission was the chief guest.
9th-13th CSIR Diamond Jubilee exhibition was organized at Shillong by RRL-Jorhat and was inaugurated by Mr Mukul Sangma, Minister of Information Technology, Govt of Meghalaya.
10th CMRI celebrated its 48th foundation day in a befitting manner. The Chief Guest Shri Rabindra Sharma, DG, DGMS, Dhanbad delivered the foundation day lecture entitled `Safety in Beach Placer Mining’.
11th CSIR constituent laboratories celebrated National Technology Day: 

CDRI: Dr. V.P. Kamboj, Ex. Director, CDRI, delivered lecture on “Excitement in Life Sciences”.

CIMAP: Four special awards `Sathi’, Udyami’, `Khoj’ and `Unnati’ were presented to 15 farmers for outstanding contribution in the cultivation and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants. Several school children visited various laboratories.

CSIO: Prof. Roddam Narasimha, FRS, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore delivered a lecture entitled `The Soaring Promise of Indian Aerospace’.

IICB: A seminar on `Industry-Institute Synergy: a requirement for global technology challenge’ was organized. 

IIP: Dr. Debabrata Ray, Executive Director-Head, KDMIPE, ONGC, Dehradun, delivered a Lecture entitled `Oil Exploration by ONGC, Role of Institutes and Technical Advancement’. A Seminar on ‘Increasing Road Accidents: Causes and Remedies’, wasjointlyorganized with Technocrat Welfare Society of India (TWSI). Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Technical Education, Labour & Employment, Planning & Training, Uttaranchal State, Mr. Hira Singh Bisht, was the chief guest.

NAL: HANSA-3 (VT-HNW) aircraft handed over to Trivandrum Flying Club though DGCA.

NCL: Prof. M.S. Swaminathan,FRS,UNESCO Cousteau Chair in Ecotechnology & Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation delivered the Prof. B.D. Tilak memorial lecture entitled `Science and sustained agriculture progress.’

>RRL,Jammu: launched Maa Shakti Project under Ministry of HRD scheme of support to training and employment programme for women in collaboration with J&K Ex-service League.
13th-17th CSIR Diamond Jubilee Exhibition was organized at University of Jammu.  Prof. A.R. Kidwai, Hon’ble MP inaugurated the event. 
20th Fifth CEERI Golden Jubilee Lecture was delivered by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, on `National Energy Security: A Nuclear Perspective and Related Issues’.
21st- 25th CSIR Diamond Jubilee Exhibition was organised at RRL, Branch Laboratory Srinagar. Prof. Anwar Alam, V C, SUKAST inaugurated the event.
22nd-26th CSIR Diamond Jubilee exhibition was organized at Agartala, Tripura by RRL-Jorhat and was inaugurated by Sri Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Tripura.
26th Commonwealth West African Education Delegation consisting of ten delegates from Nigeria and Ghana visited NISCAIR  for the inauguration of the Regional Seminar, and for the invited lecture from Director, NISCAIR on “Innovation scouting and protection mechanisms for traditional knowledge” and for the live demonstration to TKDL. 
28th-29th A two-day Hindi workshop was organized by CFRI. Shri Shrinath Singh, BCCL, Dhanbad, Shailabh and G.K. Prasad delivered the lectures. 
June, 2003  
2nd Prof. P. Ramachandra Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, delivered sixth CEERI Golden Jubilee Lecture on `Bio-mimetics’.
2nd-5th First National Conference of Botanic Gardens of India was held at NBRI.  More than 30 delegates attended the Conference from all over the country.
4th-6th CSIR Diamond Jubilee exhibition was organized at Aizwal, Mizoram by RRL-Jorhat and was inaugurated by Sri Zoramthangsa, Chief Minister of Mizoram.
5th World Environment Day was celebrated at NEERI. Dr. D.N. Tewari, Member, Planning Commission, Govt. of India, delivered a lecture on `Biofuel Mission, Bamboo Mission and Herbal Medicine Mission'.
10th One day NBRI Golden Jubilee conference on `Control and regulation of ground water extraction’ was organized in collaboration with UP Ground Water Officers’ Association to celebrate the Ground Water Day. Notable water activist and Magasaysay award winner Shri Rajendra Singh was the chief guest. Padamshri Dr. S.C. Roy, Mayor of Lucknow chaired the concluding session.
14th The Apex Committee of CSIR on ‘Biomolecules’ met at IHBT to review of the progress of the project.
17th-21st CSIR Diamond Jubilee exhibition was organized at Imphal, Manipur by RRL-Jorhat and was inaugurated by Sri Ibobi Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur.
18th His Excellency Hon’ble Prime Minister of Lao People’s Democratic Republic Sri. Bonnhang Vorachit visited CCMB.
26th His Excellency Hon’ble Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, President of India visited RRL, Jammu. In his honour a drought resistant variety of an aromatic grass developed at the laboratory was named as ‘Kalam’.  Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, DG, CSIR. inaugurated the New Pharmacology Laboratory at RRL, Jammu.
27th Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology and Environment & Forests  visited IIP.

Work Automation Management System ( WAMS) was formally launched in RRL, Jammu by Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, D G, CSIR. He also inaugurated the new building of Quality Control & Assurance Unit at the institute.
July, 2003  
3rd - 4th A two-day International Conference entitled ‘Quantitative Approaches in Mineral Processing’ was organized by RRL, Bhubaneswar.
3rd - 5th First zonal match of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament (Indoor) was organized by IHBT.
3rd-6th CSIR Diamond Jubilee exhibition was organized at Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh by RRL-Jorhat and was inaugurated by Sri Mukut Mithi, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
9th Seventh CEERI Golden Jubilee Lecture was delivered by Prof. MM Sharma, Kothari Research Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research, Bangalore, entitled  `Wonder World of Chemistry'.
10th-14th CSIR Diamond Jubilee exhibition was organized at Kohima, Nagaland by RRL-Jorhat and was inaugurated by His Excellency Sri Shyamal Dutta, Governor of Nagaland.
16th Three-member team of Parliament Second Sub-committee on Official Language visited CFRI.  The team was headed by Hon’ble MP, Shri Bal Kavi Bairagi and other members of the team were Hon’ble MPs, Shri Tilak Dhari Singh and Shri Kuwar Sarbraj Singh reviewed the progress of the Institute with regard to implementation programmes of official languages in day to day official work.

158th meeting of GB,CSIR was held. It approved the CSIR Technology Awards-2003,institution of CSIR Diamond Jubilee Technology Award, amendment to foreign deputation guidelines, enhancement of SPM fellowship etc.
22-25 Workshop on quality management of ayurvedic drugs.
24th-27th CSIR Diamond Jubilee exhibition was organized at RRL Jorhat and was inaugurated by Sri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam
29th His Excellency Yusuf Bin Alawi Abdullah, Foreign Affairs Minister of Sultanate of Oman and Prof. Waheed visited CCMB.
August, 2003  
4th Dr. John A Haines (Senior Special Fellow) United Nations Institute for Training and Research, MIE, Switzerland visited CCMB.

Dr. Eugene Lottering, Executive Director, Innovation Fund, South Africa, Ms. Bhavini Kalan, Innovation Fund Manager and IP Policy & Strategy Specialist, National Research Foundation, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa, Mr. Reinhardt Deysel, First Secretary, South African High Commission, New Delhi.

5th Curtain raiser for `IICT Diamond Jubilee Celebrations’ was held and released a Diamond Jubilee logo. Dr. Masami Inada, President, M/s Aisin Cosmos, Japan was the chief guest.
7th-8th CSIR Diamond Jubilee Symposium on “Rasanya Drug Therapy” was organized at CDRI. Dr. G.V. Satyawati, Former DG-ICMR was the Keynote speaker and Dr. D.N. Tiwari, Member, Planning Commission has delivered the valedictory address.
11th CIMAP celebrated Silver Jubilee day.  His Excellency Hon’ble Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India graced the function. Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri, the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms Mayawati and Lucknow Mayor Dr. SC Rai also adorned the function. Hon’ble President visited exhibition and interacted with children and research scholars. He lauded the efforts of CIMAP. His message contained a clear advice on shaping into a Centre of Excellence for integrated herbal products. Dr. Kalam released various CIMAP publications and CD on the occasion.

A delegation from Tehran Dr. Nasser Naghdi, MD, Iran Pharmaceutical Development & Investment Co., Shri. Monir Sadar Haerian QC Expert, Min. of Health and Medical Education, Tehran and team visited CCMB.
11th – 13th CFTRI, Mysore and IMTECH, Chandigarh jointly organized a three-day International Workshop on Biosensors, under the auspices of the Indo-Swiss Collaboration Programme on Biotechnology, a synergy programme supported by Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi; and the SDC, Switzerland, and involving the E’Cole Federale de Lousanne, Lousanne, Switzerland.
15th –17th Second zonal match of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament (Indoor) was organized at CSMCRI.
19th Prof. Goverdhan Mehta, Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore delivered the second Prof. K. Venkataraman Memorial Lecture on “Design of new molecular objects: art & logic in organic synthesis”.
28-29 National conference on biological treatment on wastewater and waste air
September, 2003  
12th-14th Third zonal match of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament (Indoor) was organized at RRL, Bhubaneswar.
15th-30th Hindi Pakhwara was celebrated by several laboratories. 

NCL released a Hindi  annual bulletin NCL-Aloj.
17th-19th CSIR Diamond Jubilee exhibition was organized at Gangtok, Sikkim by RRL-Jorhat and was inaugurated by Sri D D Bhutia, Minister of Science & Technology, Health, Family Welfare and Cultural Development, Govt of Sikkim.
19th-20th IICT in collaboration with IGNA, Hyderabad organized an inter- national seminar entitled ` Global scenario of Herbal Medicine’.
20th-22nd CEERI celebrated its Golden Jubilee Foundation Day. Prof. N. Balakrishnan, IISc., Bangalore delivered lecture on `Trends in Information and Communication Technology’.
21st Dr. R.A.Mashelkar, DG,CSIR launched the `IICT Diamond Jubilee Initiatives’  Prof. R. Kumar, RC Chairman, IICT presided.
21st-23rd Fourth zonal match of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament (Indoor) was organized at NGRI.
26th CSIR Foundation Day- Diamond Jubilee concluding function. Shri Bachi Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Minister of State for Science & Technology presented the 2003 CSIR Young Scientist Awards, CSIR Technology Awards. Bhatnagar Awards were announced. Shri K.C. Pant, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission was the Chief Guest. The unique feature of the function was the felicitation of former Directors Generals. The day was celebrated with great enthusiasm. Some important events in the laboratories were:

CCMB: Open Day was observed wherein 8247 visitors including students visited.

IHBT: Prof. R. Kumar, Fellow, IISc delivered a lecture entitled `Future Evolution of Ayurvedic Products’.  Shri Rajesh Jain, MD, M/s. Panacea Biotec Ltd., presided over the function.  Prof. R. Kumar also released a CD on the history of IHBT.

RRL,Jammu: Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, VC, University of Jammu delivered a lecture on `Science, Scientists and International relations’. He released Tawi-Rosa- a geraniol rich, drought resistant variety of Cymbopogon commutatus.

CSIO : Dr. B.D. Gupta, Emeritus Professor, PGIMER, Chandigarh delivered a lecture on ‘Technology Development in Health Care and Emergence of Nano Technology in Medical Practice.
27th Prof. S.K. Joshi, former DG,CSIR delivered CSIR foundation day lecture entitled `CSIR: 60 Years Behind and 60 Years Ahead’ at NCL.
October, 2003  
1st The Parliament Standing Committee on S&T, Environment and Forests visited RRL, Bhopal. The hon’ble committee members were apprised of the ongoing activities. The members appreciated RRL’s role in building materials, rural technology outreach & watershed management  etc. Mrs. Margaret Alva, Hon’ble MP was the Chairperson of the Committee. 
7th Third Prof. J.W. McBain memorial lecture on `Carbon nanotubes:paradigm for new science & technology’ was delivered by Prof. Ajay Sood, IISc at NCL.
7th-9th Three days International Seminar on Downsizing Technology for Rural Development (ISDTRD-2003) was held at RRL, Bhubaneswar.
8th-10th CFTRI conducted 1st  Nutraceutical Summit and Expo at Mumbai. Hon’ble. Minister of Health & Family Welfare Smt. Sushma Swaraj gave the inaugural address. The key note address was delivered by Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, DG,CSIR.
17th H. E the President of Republic of South Africa Sri. Thabo Mbeki visited CCMB. He was apprised of the achievements of the laboratory.
21st 159th meeting of GB was held. It approved the revision of annual financial ceiling for reimbursement/ payment of subscription fees for becoming members of professional societies/ bodies; CSIR Diamond Jubilee Prize for in-house excellence in sports etc.
23rd A CD containing a sample of 500 Ayurveda formulations was released by Hon'ble Minister of Science and Technology,Human Resource Development and Ocean Development, Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi in a function held at NISCAIR. Hon'ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj presided over the function. Present on this occasion were Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, D,G CSIR, Mrs. Malti S. Sinha, the then Secretary, Department of AYUSH, Mrs. Shailaja

Chandra, Chief Secretary, Delhi, besides other dignitaries.

29th H.E Shri Kidar Nath Sahani, Governor of Goa, released a book titled" Sagar Bodh" at a function held at NIO. The book, fourth one in Hindi, published contains 25 articles on different aspects of ocean research such as advancements in gene research, bio-invasion, polymetallic nodules, gas hydrates-a new alternative source of hydrocarbon fuel and hydrothermal processes.
30th First Engine run on SARAS aircraft at NAL.

CSIO celebrated its Foundation Day. Prof. R.S. Sirohi, Director, IIT-Delhi delivered a lecture on ‘Technology and Nature’.
November, 2003  
3rd NCL organised a one day international symposium on `Recent Developments in Organic Chemistry’. 
6th –7th CSIR Programme on Youth for Leadership in Science (CPYLS) was organised by CSMCRI. Dr. Arun Dave, VC, Gujarat Vidyapeeth was the chief guest. Around 72 students participated.
11th –13th Three days National Seminar on `New Millennium Strategies for Quality, Safety and GMP’s of Herbal Drugs Products’ was organised by NBRI. Hon’ble Minister of State for Science and Technology Shri Bachi Singh Rawat, inaugurated the seminar H.E Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri was the Chief Guest.  More than 250 delegates from allover the country attended the seminar.

CPYLS: NCL being a coordinating laboratory to implement CSIR Programme on CPYLS in Maharashtra organised a two-day a counseling session and lectures.  About 100 meritorious students accompanied with their teachers and parents participated in the programme.
11th-14 th Four days Thacker Memorial Lawn Tennis Tournament was organized at CFTRI.
12th –14th CGCRI organized three days Atma Ram Memorial Volleyball Tournament.
19th-20th CSIR Programme on Youth for Leadership in Science (CPYLS) was organized at RRL Jorhat. Dr K V Raghavan, Former Director, IICT-Hyderabad was the Chief Guest. Around 51 students participated.
20th A Mauritius delegation led by H.E. Prime Minister Shri Raymond Berenger visited NIO. He was apprised of NIO’s programmes carried out in various areas of ocean research.

'The Cardium' theplush new auditorium of NIO inaugurated by H.E Shri Kidar Nath Sahani, Governor of Goa.  Dr. RA Mashelkar, DG, CSIR delivered the inaugural lecture entitled "India on the March".
26th CCMB celebrated its foundation day. Prof. William J Rutter – President, Synergenics, LLC, USA delivered the foundation day lecture.
27th–29th A three-day National Conference on Radio Science in India (INCURSI – 2003) was held at NPL. 
28th-30th Final of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament (Indoor) was organized at RRL, Trivandrum. DG,CSIR distributed the prizes to the winners.
December, 2003
1st RRL, Jammu celebrated its foundation day. Padma Vibhushan Prof. M. M. Sharma, FRS, Ex- Director,  UICT, Mumbai delivered lecture entitled `Symphony of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering for Pharmaceuticals’.
3rd NAL successfully underwent ISO-9001-2000 quality systems Audit by Lyold’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) and received certification. 
5th-6th IGIB organized a two day International Symposium on Genomics Analysis.
5th-8th The fifth International Food Convention Meet-IFCON-2003 was organized by CFTRI in association with the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) and Defence Food Research Laboratory. The meet was inaugurated by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. A Food exhibition was inaugurated by Shri H. Vishwanath, Hon’ble Minister for Co-operation, Govt. of Karnataka. About 2000 delegates took part in the deliberations of the convention. Shri N.T. Shanmugam, Hon’ble  Minister of  State for Food Processing Industries delivered the valedictory address. 

Four days Anusandhan Basket Ball Tournament was organized at NAL.
6th-7th Chrysanthemum and Coleus show was organized by NBRI. 103 exhibitors participated in the show by sending 804 entries. In all 359 prizes besides 23 running challenge cups, shields and trophies were awarded. Prof. R.K. Pathak, Director, Central Institute for Sub Tropical Horticultural, Lucknow was the chief guest.
12th-14th Nayudamma Memorial Cricket Tournament was held at IICT. Shri C.V. Anand,IPS, President HCA was the chief guest.
15th-18th RRL, Bhopal organized an International Conference on Water and Environment   in collaboration with US Army Standardization Group, London; ACC Limited, India; University of Western Sydney, Australia and Louisiana State University, USA.
18th The 1st Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence held at IICT.
19th-22nd Four days Indian Chemical Engineering Congress-2003 (CHEMCON-2003) was organized at RRL, Bhubaneswar.
22nd-23rd Conference-cum-Exposition on “Leadership in Pharma R&D: Co-operation, collaboration and capitalization of synergy” was organized at CDRI.
27th-28th NCL organized 69th Anniversary of Indian National Science Academy (INSA). Dr R.A. Mashelkar, DG, CSIR launched e-Journal portal of the INSA.
January, 2004  
3rd Hon’ble Prime Minister and President, CSIR Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee lauds CSIR by securing, under Patents Co-operation Treaty, No. 1 position as highest filer of patents from all developing countries on the occasion of 91st session of Indian Science Congress.

A mega-event 'Science for School Children' was organized by IMTECH concurrent with the 91st Session of the Indian Science Congress.
3rd –7th IMTECH in association with Punjab University, Chandigarh hosted the 91st session of the Indian Science Congress. Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, inaugurated the Congress.
5th Hon’ble President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam addressed the scientists attending the Congress and called upon them to work towards realising his dream of making India a developed nation by 2020.
5th –7th Third international symposium on recent trends in photochemical sciences
8th –10th Workshop on “Flow cytometry: Applications in drug development” was organized at CDRI.

NCL hosted the XXXIII National Seminar on Crystallography. Professor Hartmut Michel, Nobel Laureate, Max-Planck Institute for Biophysik, Germany delivered the keynote address entitled "Crystallization and Structure Determination of Membrane Proteins: Routes and Achievements".
9th Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Science & Technology and Ocean Development Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi visited CFTRI to dedicate the National Codex Food Laboratory  to the Nation.
10th CFTRI signed an MoU on Traditional foods with Academy of Sanskrit Research (Melkote) in the presence of Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi, Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Science & Technology and Ocean Development and Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka.
15th-16th NML organized a two day programme on CPYLS. Around 50 students and their teachers from Bihar and Jharkhand participated. 
16th Visit to CRRI of Parliamentary Rajbhasha Committee - second sub-meeting held at Sanchar Sadan, CGO Complex, New Delhi. 
16th-18th IICB participated in the International Seminar `Life, mind and consciousness’ in the Ramakrishan Mission Institute of Culture. Prof. M.M. Joshi, Hon’ble Union Minister of HRD, S&T and Ocean Development was the chief guest. 
17th-18th NBRI organized annual rose and gladiolus show. 56 exhibitors participated by sending 593 entries. In all 294 prizes beside 25 running challenge cups, shields and trophies were awarded.
20th Prof. Vingron, from Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany visited IGIB. He was apprised of the achievements of the laboratory.
27th Prof. Philip Cohen, FRS, FRSE, Director of Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust Biocentre and School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland (UK) delivered a talk on `Kinase inhibitors: Drugs for 21st Century’ at NCL.
29th CIMAP organised `Harit-CIM-Utsav’ with Kisan Mela.  More than 1200 farmers and entrepreneurs from different parts of UP, Uttaranchal and other states participated in the Mela. The participants were apprised of the latest varieties, technologies of MAPs besides quality control measures and marketing.  Hon’ble Governor of UP Acharya Vishnu Kant Shastri inaugurated `Manav Upvan' based on the concept of `green intellectual wealth’  Mayor Shri S.C. Rai delivered a lecture on `Harit Utsav’.
February, 2004  
4th 160th meeting of GB was held. It took up the issues of extension of benefit of assessment promotion to S&T staff who left CSIR service to join new organization, financial assistance from CSIR welfare fund for meeting medical expenses for treatment of major diseases in private recognized hospitals etc.
11th Hon’ble State Minister for Science & Technology, Shri Bachi Singh Rawat visited SERC. The Hon’ble Minister appreciated the contributions of SERC to the national economy and development through its high quality R&D and industry interaction projects.
12th National Seminar on Membrane Science & Technology :Challenges and Opportunities was organized by RRL, Jorhat. 
13th President of India, His Excellency, Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam visited NML. 
14th Meeting of Himalayan Phytochemical and Grower Association (HIMPA) was held at IHBT. The meet was inaugurated by Shri B.B.L Butail, Hon’ble Minister for Revenue,H.P. About 30 participants attended the programme.
17th CDRI celebrated its foundation day. The 29th  Mellanby Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr.G. Mehta, Director, I.I.Sc., Bangalore.

Professor Frederick J. Krambeck, Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, USA delivered Prof. L.K. Doraiswamy (former Director of NCL) Lecture in Chemical Engineering on “Glycosylation Reaction Kinetics” at NCL.
19th-21st A three days International seminar on `Mineral Processing Technology was organized at RRL, Bhubaneswar.
25th–26th NIO in collaboration with International Water Association, UK, organised a two day International Workshop on "Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology".  Over 80 researchers from India and abroad participated.  Dr. Robin Sen Gupta, former Dy. Director, NIO inaugurated the workshop.  Dr. Lee R. Shugart, Editor-in-chief, Ecotoxicology, USA, was the Guest of Honour.
27th CRRI in association with Institute for Road Traffic Education (IRTE) and World Road Safety Network (WRSN) organized a workshop on “Accident Investigation and Analysis for Road Safety Engineering Solutions”  - Peter ter Meulen and Shri Erik Donkers from WRSN made the presentations.
28th CSIR laboratories observed the National Science Day in commemoration of the outstanding discovery of Raman Effect by Nobel Laureate Sir (Prof) C.V. Raman.

CFRI: A lecture was delivered by Dr. Ashish Sarkar, ISM on `FLYASH:Waste of Wealth’.

CIMAP: Opened to all sections of the society. Dr. P.K. Seth, CEO, Biotech Park, Lucknow delivered a lecture on `Biotech Park Lucknow-the Science Hub of the Region.’

CSIO: Prof. Y.S. Rajan, VC, Punjab Technical University and Scientific Adviser to Govt. of Punjab delivered a lecture entitled `Science, Economics and Value Systems.'

NCL: A lecture was delivered by Prof. Ashoke Sen, FRS, Harish Chandra Institute, Allahabad  on `Search for a Unified Theory’. About 150 posters were displayed by the research students.
March, 2004  
4th A delegation comprising Prof. Peter I Folb and Dr Niresh Bhagwandin from the Technology and Business Development Directorate of the Medical Research Council (MRC), South Africa, visited NISCAIR, to explore the possibility of a collaborative initiative in the areas of mutual interest of the two organizations.
5th Ms.Elizabeth V Cardoza, Assistant Director General, Legal Policy and International Affairs Group, IPOS visited the TKDL Project to discuss the potential   for collaboration in the areas of (i) patent examination and searches (ii) use of TKDL database by IPO, Singapore under the usual non-disclosure agreement clauses and (iii) training of persons from Singapore in the IPR-related activities.
8th –10th International conference on `Woman in science: is the glass ceiling disappearing’ was organised by NISTADS. 
10th NCL observed National Safety Day. A special talk by Dr. T. Rajagopal, Corporate Medical Adviser, Hindustan Lever Ltd on `Occupational health, safety & environment management in a chemical laboratory was organized. 
11th Prof Wolfgang F. Holderich, Director, Chemical Technology and Heterogeneous Catalysis, University of Technology, RWTH Aachen, Germany delivered the first Dow Endowment lecture in honour of Dr Paul Ratnasamy, former Director of NCL. Prof. Holderich spoke on “New Heterogeneously Catalyzed Processes for Environmentally Benign and Sustainable Chemical Production".
15th 161st meeting of GB was held. The GB in its meeting deliberated on several crucial subjects and gave directions on merger of New Research Initiatives in Energy with NMITLI scheme; modification in terms and conditions of Bhatnagar Fellowship Award Scheme and continuation of the scheme for engagement of consultants for Business Development.
30th A Colloquium on Plant proteins and National Nutrition Security was organized by CFTRI in association with Solae Company, India. Prof. MS Swaminathan, Chairman, MSSRF, Chennai delivered the keynote address.