Addressing top CSIR scientists CSIR here, he also asked the premier institution responsible for research and development to take a lead in finding breakthroughs to diseases like sickle cell anaemia, development of defence equipment and life-saving equipment for the jawans and look for innovations related to solar energy and agriculture sector.

Chairing a meeting of the CSIR society yesterday, 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, a PMO statement said here yesterday.

The members mentioned the potential that exists for a large number of start-ups to emerge from the research being done by CSIR labs, it cited.

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 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, it said.

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