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CSIR Signs MoU with Ladakh for Science & Technology Led Development of UT

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CSIR Signed a MoU for S&T Led DevelopmentOn January 29, 2021 Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed MoU with Ladakh Union Territory (UT) to speed up the development of Ladakh using Science & Technology(S&T) interventions

Signing of MoU

The MoU was signed by Dr. D. Srinivas Reddy, Director, CSIR-IIIM on behalf of CSIR and Sh. Rigzin Samplel (IAS) Commissioner Secretary Agriculture and Horticulture from Ladakh UT.

Purpose of MoU

To establish a knowledge partnership between Ladakh UT and CSIR, that aims to make improvement in the following areas:

  • Utilise bioresource endemic to Ladakh
  • Introduce cash crops in the region
  • Explore natural resources

About the MoU

CSIR Institutes will Provide Support

i.On the basis of their core competencies, different CSIR institutes will begin Research & Development(R&D), extension and societal projects

ii.In the 1st phase, 6 institutes will provide extensive knowledge and technological support.

  • 6 Institutes– CSIR-IIIM(Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine), CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology(IHBT), CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute(NBRI), CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute(NGRI), CSIR- Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute(CMERI) and CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute(CLRI)

iii.CSIR-IIIM will act as a nodal institution.

Areas of Focus

The areas of interest include industrial agriculture with a focus on commercialization of endemic & other high value medicinal, aromatic and nutraceutical plants/crops, etc.,

Other CSIR’s Contributions to Ladakh:

i.CSIR has set up CSIR-Centre of Excellence for High Altitude Natural Sciences in the region

ii.It also established experimental and demonstration farms of different medicinal, aromatic and nutraceutical plants/ crops of Ladakh.

Recent Related News:

On September 3, 2020, the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (APIIC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) to set up a Bulk Drug Park (BDP) in the state.

About Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR):
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi
Director General– Dr. Shekhar C. Mande

About Ladakh:

Wildlife Sanctuary – Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanji Wildlife Sanctuary
National Park– Hemis National Park