Dear Scientists Colleagues, Technical & Administrative Staff Members and other Supporting Staffs,

    It is a matter of pride and honour for the whole of the nation that this August Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) has attained its glorious journey of 77 years. As one of the largest research organizations not only in India, but also in the entire globe, CSIR is constantly seeking to redefine its mission and goal. The CSIR is widely accredited for its cutting-edge in multi-dimensional Research & Development Work, Science & Technology to cater the need of the society at large. Being a PAN India, the CSIR is having a dynamic network of 38 Laboratories, 39 Outreach Centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 Units. It’s Research & Development expertise and experience are embodied of about 4600 active Scientists, supported by around 8000 Scientific and Technical Personnel.

    The CSIR covers a wide spectrum of Science and Technology from Radio and Space Physics, Oceanography, Geophysics, Chemical, Drugs, Genomics, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology to Mining, Aeronautics, Instrumentation, Environmental Engineering and Information Technology. It provides significant technological innovations in areas like societal efforts which include, environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors. This apart, the role of CSIR in the sphere of Human Resource Development is noteworthy. As a prime mover, the CSIR promotes scientific and industrial research through its laboratories, provides fellowship in various areas and performs as per its assigned mandate in to deliver high quality innovations to benefit the society.

    It is interesting to note that the staffs of CSIR contribute about three to four percent of India’s Scientific Manpower and contribute, nearly 10 percent of India’s scientific output. This is extremely creditable and this also emphasises how important role the CSIR plays in the Nation building process. When a scientist works hard in the lab, with utmost sincerity and with the larger dream of helping society, he or she is certainly devoted and committed to the country.

    From the pre-Independence era, our country has been conspicuous about the use and deployment of science and technology to achieve the goals of social development. This has meant both exploiting India’s rich wealth of traditional knowledge and intellectual property, of which CSIR is the custodian, as well as being open to the latest in science and technology, not being afraid of cutting-edge research and its discoveries, and where possible using these to help the citizens.

    The need for socially inclusive and yet cost-effective applications and products of science and technology are a national priority. Once these are realised, they can become a model for other developing countries. For us, this has always been and will always be a paramount goal. For India, Science and Technology is a force multiplier in the quest for development.

    The CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT) has been engaged in nation building ever since it’s inception in 1964 with a mission to carry out industrial research, help industry grow in terms of scale and new products, niche basic research, propagate research culture and societal work through science and technology intervention, skill development amongst youth and disseminate knowledge. IMMT is consistently endeavouring with new goals and objectives and milestones, primarily related to sustainable way of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, design and manufacturing of new functional materials and tackle environmental issues and engineering design related to above fields.In 2018-19, the total plan and non-plan budget of IMMT from CSIR was Rs 66.15 crores as against ECF (External Cash Flow) of Rs 44 crores, which is close to 66% of the CSIR contribution. This is the highest ECF so far generated by the Institute.

    Our Institute has been striving in all ways possible for the betterment of our country and countrymen having the best faculties. I, remember, the recent Cyclone “FANI”, which had hit and devastated the CSIR-IMMT Campus at Bhubaneswar on 3rd May, 2019, it was only because of the ceaseless efforts our ESD, Laboratory Technical and Workshop Staff backed by immaculate planning of the Scientists, everything could be brought to order and in this regard, their works and deeds are praiseworthy. As we were recovering, NDRF team started working in our campus to clear out debris and the electricity connection restored, we started working on relief work outside IMMT campus in Konark, Katakpur, Neemapada, Satyabadi, Brahmagiri and Puri, the most affected areas by cyclone Fani. The spirit and broad view which they had displayed in that direction are the illustrations of their sincerity and belongingness to this August Institution and would stand as a hall-mark to inspire others. In approach and attitude, we should be above board and going beyond all narrow parochial approach, one should discharge duties for the grown and reputation and provide value based service to our countrymen.

    Before conclude, I would like to thank all staff members of IMMT for their contribution to development of every sphere of development of the Institute.

    Jai Hind!

Prof. Suddhasatwa Basu
Director, CSIR-Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology
Bhubaneswar