Dr Girish Sahni, Director of Chandigarh based Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) was appointed as new Director General of India’s premier research and development organization, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It should be noted that CSIR has 37 well equipped laboratories under it. Vacancy to the post of director general was created after Prof Samir Brahmachari retired in December last year.
As suitable candidates for this prestigious could not be found, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ordered for re-advertisement of open nominations. After reshuffling the selection committee thrice, Prime Minister office announced the name of Mr Girish Sahni as new DG of CSIR.
It should be noted that Mr Girish Sahni joined the Institute of Microbial Technology in the year 1991 and rose to the post of director in 2005. Dr Sahni achieved great popularity because of his work that involved the development of indigenous streptokinase, a clot buster. This drug when given to the patients dissolved the clots or blockages that were present in the blood vessels. Fourth generation of this clot specific variant of streptokinase was developed by Dr Girish. Dr Girish was also of the opinion that this new drug that costs Rs 2000 per dose when compared to the high cost tissue plasminogen activator would be a boon for the people. It must be noted that the cost of tissue plasminogen activator, that was used all over the world was Rs 50,000 per dose.
IMTECH was established in the year 1984 and it is located in Chandigarh. It is one of constituent establishments of CSIR. IMTECH is home for many research activities in biological sciences and microbial based biotechnology fields. CSIR-IMTECH boasts of library having around 64000 reference books. Biosafety level 3 lab facility present in IMTECH is ideal for conducting researches based pathogenic micro-organsims. PhD offered by IMTECH in association with prestigious JNU has been recognized widely.
CSIR established in the year 1942, is the biggest R&D organization with 37 laboratories and 39 field stations. CSIR also has around 17000 staffs all over who are involved in many projects. There are many fields such as aerospace engineering, life sciences, chemicals, metallurgy, mining, petroleum etc where CSIR is actively involved in the research and development process.