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PM Modi, chairs meeting of the CSIR society in New Delhi
PM given overview of work done by CSIR in addressing national challenges
PM Modi calls for laying down parameters to assess the performance of CSIR labs
Research done by CSIR labs to help in new Start Up ideas
List problems being faced by people, take up the challenge of solving them technologically: PM to CSIR scientists

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, chaired a meeting of the CSIR society in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister was given an overview of the work done by CSIR in addressing national challenges, and its recognition as a major Indian innovator.

Members mentioned the potential that exists for a large number of start-ups to emerge from the research being done by CSIR labs. They stressed the importance of converting lab research to commercial applications. Medical device manufacturing, energy, and waste management were some of the areas mentioned where CSIR could play a key role.

The Prime Minister called for laying down parameters to assess the performance of CSIR labs; and a mechanism whereby there could be internal competition among various labs.

He called upon the scientific community at CSIR to list at least one hundred problems being faced by people in various parts of India, and take up the challenge of solving them technologically within a specified time period.

Mentioning key areas where CSIR could take the lead in providing breakthroughs, the Prime Minister spoke of sickle cell anaemia among the tribal people, defence equipment manufacturing, life-saving equipment for the jawans, innovations related to solar energy, and innovations related to the agriculture sector.

The Prime Minister emphasized that he would like to see CSIR oriented towards making the life of the common man better, and providing technological solutions to the problems of the poor and downtrodden sections of society.

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Mr. Khalid Al-Falih calls on the Prime Minister
February 23, 2018
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His Excellency Mr Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, called on the Prime Minister today.

The Minister conveyed personal greetings of His Majesty the King and His Highness the Crown Prince. The Prime Minister requested the Minister to convey his best wishes to them. The Prime Minister also conveyed his thanks for their guidance to strengthening of bilateral retlations, and for according the status of ‘Guest of Honour’ to India at this year’s Janadriyah festival.

The Prime Minister said that there are immense opportunities for Saudi public and private investors in India. Indian economy is growing at a fast pace and as a result there are profitable prospects in sectors such as energy, agriculture and food processing, pharmaceutical and medical devices, fertilizer, petrochemicals and mining. He noted that synergy exists between the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 and various programmes of the Government for economic development of India.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the two countries should look at ways to enhance and diversify bilateral trade and investment and expand all aspects of economic cooperation in accordance with our strategic partnership.