Jorhat, Sept. 22: The North East Institute of Science and Technology here is gearing up to celebrate the 70th foundation day of its apex body, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, on September 24.
Professor V. Nagraja, chairman, department of microbiology and cell biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore will be the chief guest and deliver the CSIR Foundation Day lecture at Dr J.N. Baruah auditorium.
Dipanwita Banik, scientist, information and business development division said this year, the foundation day will be also observed in New Delhi on September 26 with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurating the programme.
“As CSIR will complete 70 years, the meet will be held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi with the Prime Minister inaugurating the event. The entire proceedings can be observed online throughout the country in all CSIR labs,” she said. “With a few of our scientists proceeding to Delhi the next day, we are holding our programme two days ahead.”
P.G. Rao, director, CSIR-NEIST, will preside over the function in Jorhat and staff members who retired during 2011-12 will be felicitated. Prizes will be distributed to winners of competitions.
The institute’s laboratory will be open to visitors — students, teachers and others — from 10am till noon that day.
CSIR, a premier research and development organisation, was constituted in 1942 as an autonomous body. It promotes indigenous technology and knowledge with a stress on human resource development of the region, at its 39 research stations in the country.