Topic: Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
5. Discuss the starring role of Council of Scientific and Industrial research (CSIR) in India’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic. (250 words)
Reference: Hindustan Times
Why the question:
The question is about the key role played by CSIR amidst covid-19 pandemic.
Key Demand of the question:
Discuss the starring role of Council of Scientific and Industrial research (CSIR) in India’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Start with brief introduction of CSIR.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the largest research and development (R&D) organisation in India. CSIR has a pan-India presence and has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units.
Discuss its objectives in detail. From bringing in self-reliance ranging from indelible ink to the fight against Covid-19, CSIR has played a vital role and shall do so in any future pandemic or calamity that India faces.
CSIR identified the unmet needs, assessed its strengths and capabilities for addressing the pandemic and adopted a multi-pronged strategy of working on diagnostics, surveillance, drugs, hospital assistive devices, personal protective equipment and supply chain and logistics.
Conclude with importance.