CSIR-NPL celebrates its 75th Foundation Day
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address at the National Metrology Conclave 2021 organized by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) -National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) , New Delhi on its 75th year of inception. CSIR-NPL, New Delhi, is one of the few premier laboratories established under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) before independence on January 04, 1947. As a beginning of the Platinum Jubilee year and to commemorate this special day as its NPL Foundation Day Celebrations, CSIR-NPL organized a National Metrology Conclave under the theme ‘Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation’. The theme of the conclave was ‘Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation’. Vice-President, CSIR and Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, and Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Principal Scientific Advisor Dr. Vijay Raghvan were present at the function.
Narendra Modi also dedicated National Atomic Timescale and Bhartiya NirdeshakDravyaPranali to the Nation and laid the Foundation Stone of National Environmental Standards Laboratory through a video conference on the occasion.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan released a Book titled “Metrology for Inclusive Growth of India”, edited by Dr. D.K. Aswaland contributed by CSIR-NPL’s Scientists. This book signifies the role of metrology for inclusive growth in India and describes various metrological applications. He also releases a “Thesaurus of NPL” on the occasion.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, first inaugurated the “Poster Gallery” depicting the mandate of CSIR-NPL and its achievements at CSIR-NPL. Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director General, CSIR & Secretary, DSIR; Dr. D.K. Aswal, Director, CSIR-NPL were present at the function. Thereafter, a short animated film on CSIR-NPL’s activities was showcased.
CSIR-NPL which is the National Metrology Institute (NMI) of India; Member of the General Conference of Weight and Measures (CGPM), BIPM an International Intergovernmental organisation constituted by diplomatic treaty i.e. ‘The Metre Convention’; and Founder Member of the Global Regional Metrology Organisation i.e., Asia Pacific Metrology Program (APMP), has the mandate to realize, establish, upgrade, maintain and disseminate the measurement standards by Act of Parliament.
On the occasion of CSIR-NPL entering its platinum jubilee celebrations, a series of events have been organised with world science leaders. More than 50 thousand participants joined through online which includes several Metrologists, Industrialists, Regulators, Policy Makers, academicians and students. Several other dignitaries from all over the world are also participating in the event to commemorate the 75th Foundation day of this premier laboratory. A technical session on the theme ‘Metrology for Inclusive Growth of the Country’, was chaired by Prof A. K. Grover, Chairman, Research Council, CSIR-NPL. Talks and technical deliberations by Directors of BIPM and Directors / Science Leaders of various other NMIs (Germany, UK, Japan, South Africa, Australia and India) are some of the other highlights of the Conclave.