CSIR Abbreviation

CSIR abbreviation, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, was established by the Government of India as an autonomous body in 1942. It is one of the largest research and development organizations in India. 


As of 2013, CSIR operates 38 laboratories/institutes, three innovation centres, 39 outreach centres, and five units throughout the country, with a collective staff of over 14000, including a total of 4600 scientists and 8000 technical and support employees.  It covers a broad range of spectrum including oceanography, Geophysics, chemical drugs, biotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering, and information technology.


The CSIR research and development activities include structural engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical mining, metallurgy, life science, oceanic science, food, chemicals, mining, leather, petroleum, and environmental science. 


Dr. Shekhar C.Mande is the Director-General of CSIR-cum-secretary DSIR.

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What is CSIR?

CSIR stands for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, was established in 1942  as an autonomous body whose President is the Prime Minister of India. CSIR is now one of the largest publicly funded research and development organizations in the World. CSIR is known for its groundbreaking R&D database in distinct S & T areas. 


The organization plays an important role in supporting public and private sectors through direct research that is associated with the priorities of the county, the organization’s mandates, and its science, engineering, and technology proficiency.


CISR secured 37th rank among 1587 government instruction throughout the world and is the only Indian R&D organization among the top 100 global institutions as per the Scimago Institutions Ranking World Report 2021. CSIR secured 7th rank in Asia and leads the country at the first position. 


What is the Full Form of CSIR?

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is the full form of CSIR.


CSIR Long Form and Mission

The long-form of CSIR is the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Its mission is to simply build a  new CSIR for new India.


CSIR Vision

“Pursue Science which aims for all-around effect, technology that empowers innovations, operate industries and support trans-disciplinary leadership thereby catalyzing in-depth economic development for the people of India”.  


The Changed Scenario has Inspired CSIR Towards:

  • Science and Engineering Leadership

  • Innovative Technology Solutions

  • Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing

  • Promoting talents in transdisciplinary areas

  • Entrepreneurship based on Science; and

  • Socio-economic transformation through S&T intervention. 

Functions of CSIR

  • Suggestion on the management of R & D programs and future prospects of the activities of laboratory keeping in view the five-year plans, national priorities, and opportunity areas.

  • Recommended networking with other CSIR national laboratories on programs of national interest.

  • Reviewing research and development activities and research programs and advice of future directions.

  • Advising on promoting linkage between the laboratory, Industry, and potential clients.

  • Constitute Selection committee and Assessment Committees/ Peer Groups for selection, merit, and assessment promotions of the scientific workforce.

  • Any other functions may be assigned by the Director-General/Governing Body.

CSIR Achievements

  • In 1950, CSIR developed the first synthetic drug named Methaqualone.

  • Developed Optical Glass at CGCR for defence purposes.

  • In 1967, CSIR developed the first Indian tractor Swaraj that is completely based on indigenous know-how.

  • Designed India’s first parallel processing computer, Flosolver.

  • Designed a 14 seater plane known as SARAS.

  • Developed a multifaceted handy PC- based software ‘Bio- Suite For bioinformatic with TCS.

  • CSIR introduced the “ Traditional Knowledge Digital Library”. It is available in 5 different international languages namely English, French, Japanese, German, and Spanish.

  • In 2007, CSIR initiated the study of Sepsivac, a drug for gram-negative sepsis under the NMITLI program.

  • In 2009, CSIR completed the Human Genome Project.

  • In 2011, CSIR successfully tested India’s first indigenous civilian aircraft NAL NM5 in association with national Aeronautic Space and Mahindra Aerospace.

  • In 2020, CSIR initiated a clinical trial to examine Sepsivac's effectiveness to minimize the mortality rate in covid-19 patients. 

CSIR Jigyasa

Jigyasa is the utmost drive carried out by CSIR at the national level during its Platinum Jubilee Celebration Year. CSIR aims to widen its Scientific Social Responsibility through this program. This program explains the culture of curiosity on one hand and scientific nature on the other hand. 


Full form CSIR, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and full form KVS, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has signed Mou on Scientist Students Connect Programme “ Jigyasa” on July 6, 2017. The CSIR Jigyasa Programme is a unique platform for bringing scientists and teachers to foster young talents. This program aims to open up the national scientific facilities to school children, enable CSIR scientific knowledge and facilities to be used by schoolchildren. This model of engaging children has also been extended to other schools along with the KVS. 


The Jigyaasa Model Visualizes Some of the Following Models of Engagement:

  • Laboratory Visit

  • Popular Lecture Series

  • Summer Vacation Programme

  • Teacher’s Workshop

  • Students Residential Programmes

  • Scientist visits to the school

  • Lab specific activities/Onsite experiments and many more

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What does CSIR Stand for?

Ans: CSIR stands for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, is one of the largest  Research and Development organizations in India with over 39 outreach centres, 38 laboratory/institutes, 3 innovation centres, and 5 units throughout the nation. Dr.Shekhar C. Mande is the Director/General of CSIR who took charge in 2018.

2. When was CSIR Established?

Ans: CSIR was established on September 26, 1942.

3. What are the Full Form of CSIR and Its Purpose?

Ans: CSIR's full name, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, is Indian largest and renowned Research and Development organization. It was established by the Government of India as an autonomous body in 1942 to promote scientific knowledge, and enhance industrialization and economic growth and is now one of the largest publicly funded Research and Development organizations in the world.

4. Where is the Headquarter of CSIR Located?

Ans: The headquarters of CSIR is located in New Delhi.

5. What are the Different Technologies or Items Developed by CSIR?

Ans: The CSIR contribution extended to almost all the fields of human activities such as agriculture, health, defence, aerodynamics, genetic engineering, and the development of India’s first supercomputer. Eleven of the 14 new drugs developed in independent India are from CSIR. Amul baby food, Saheli a non-steroidal once-a-week oral contraceptive pill for women, Nutan stove, Aston, a herbal therapeutic for asthma, Email for resistant malaria, SARAS, a multi-role aircraft, India's first parallel computer, Flosolver; Swaraj and Sonalika tractors, and the indelible ink that is the mark of a proud Indian voter are offered by CSIR to the nation.

6. What is the CSIR full form in English?

Ans: The CSIR full form in English is the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.