New Delhi: Seeking to attract best minds in
science for globally competitive research, an ambitious
project by CSIR to woo NRI scientists is all set to take-off.
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved the selection
of 18 scientists for the post of `Outstanding Scientists` as
part of our STIO project," Samir Brahmachari, Director-General
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) told PTI.
However, he refused to divulge the names of the
scientists, who would hold position equivalent to Director of
national laboratories without administrative responsibility,
citing logistical reasons.
Brahmachari said the selected scientists would lead
cutting edge and mission projects by achieving synergy of
resources spread across CSIR`s 37 laboratories nationwide and
also mentor young researchers.
The Scientists and Technologists of Indian Origin (STIO)
scheme of CSIR had misfired badly as a US scientist of Indian
origin had been dismissed within five months of being offered
the position of "outstanding scientist" November last year.
A meeting of all the selected scientists has been
convened here on July two to discuss the projects that could
be undertaken by them.
"We are looking at areas like fuel cell technology,
chemical technology and use of nano-materials for solar
energy," Brahmachari said.
The move comes at a time when the government has approved
a CSIR proposal to start an academy that would allow it to
award post-graduate and doctoral degrees in science and
The CSIR hopes that the `outstanding scientists` would be
young dynamic leaders of science who would lead and build
centres of excellence in national laboratories.
They may spearhead research in their chosen frontier
field in any of the constituent laboratories of CSIR while
continuing to hold their existing positions abroad.
CSIR would provide to the selected scientists appropriate
research grants, laboratory space and opportunity to
participate in its flagship programs.