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PIB Summaries 04 May 2024

  1. CSIR-IIP Celebrates 65th Foundation Day
  2. Recognition for CPGRAMS as Best Practice in Grievance Redressal


On April 14th, 2025, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) commemorated its 65th Foundation Day, marking over six decades of contributions to scientific research and innovation. Established in 1960, CSIR-IIP continues to play a pivotal role in advancing scientific knowledge and industrial development in India.


GS III: Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Event Highlights
  2. About  CSIR

Event Highlights:

  • Scientists urged to pursue challenging research in:
  • e-Methanol and Green Hydrogen
  • Carbon neutrality
CSIR-IIP Roadmap:
  • Director presented institute’s roadmap for 2024-2030
  • Aim: Achieve Vikasit Bharat
  • Highlighted Achievements:
  • Numaligarh Wax Plant
  • Sustainable Aviation Fuel
  • US Grade Gasoline
  • Medical Oxygen Units
  • Sweetening Catalyst
  • PNG Burner
  • Improved Gur Bhatti

About  CSIR

  • The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting edge R&D knowledge base in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization.
  • CSIR has a dynamic network of 37 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes, and five units with a pan-India presence. 
  • CSIR is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology and it operates as an autonomous body through the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology. It provides significant technological intervention in many areas concerning societal efforts, which include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors. Further, CSIR’s role in S&T human resource development is noteworthy.
  • It provides significant technological intervention in many areas with regard to societal efforts which include the environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors.
  • Established: September 1942
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
Structure of the Organisation
  • President: Prime Minister of India (Ex-officio)
  • Vice President: Union Minister of Science and Technology (Ex-officio)
  • Governing Body: The Director-General is the head of the governing body.
  • The other ex-officio member is the finance secretary (expenditures).
  • Other members’ terms are of three years.
  • Promotion, guidance and coordination of scientific and industrial research in India including the institution and the financing of specific researchers.
  • Establishment and assistance to special institutions or departments of existing institutions for the scientific study of problems affecting particular industries and trade.
  • Establishment and award of research studentships and fellowships.
  • Utilization of the results of the research conducted under the auspices of the Council towards the development of industries in the country.
  • Payment of a share of royalties arising out of the development of the results of research to those who are considered as having contributed towards the pursuit of such research.
  • Establishment, maintenance and management of laboratories, workshops, institutes and organisations to further scientific and industrial research.
  • Collection and dissemination of information in regard not only to research but to industrial matters generally.
  • Publication of scientific papers and a journal of industrial research and development.


India’s Centralised Public Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) has earned accolades from the Commonwealth Secretariat as a state-of-the-art grievance redressal system and a prime example of smart government practices. This recognition places CPGRAMS alongside other distinguished systems worldwide, including Namibia’s Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System (CVRS), Kenya’s Human Resource Management and E-Citizen models, and identity management systems.


Facts for Prelims


  • Online Grievance Redressal Platform: CPGRAMS is an online platform that allows citizens to lodge their grievances related to service delivery to public authorities. It is available 24×7 for citizens to access.
  • Connectivity: CPGRAMS serves as a single portal that is connected to all Ministries/Departments of the Government of India as well as the State governments. This enables seamless communication and grievance redressal between citizens and the government.
  • Role-Based Access: Each Ministry and State has role-based access to CPGRAMS, allowing them to effectively address and resolve grievances in their respective areas of responsibility.
  • Mobile Application: CPGRAMS is also accessible to citizens through a standalone mobile application, making it convenient for individuals to submit their grievances and track the progress of their complaints.

May 2024