CSIR – CIMAP Honour April 18, 2017

CSIR – CIMAP felicitates Guest of Honour to Sant Sanganeria.

It’s a great honour to be sharing with you another proud recognition of the contributions to the F&F Industry of our Chairman, Mr Sant Sanganeria, this time from CSIR-CIMAP as their Guest of Honour at their Annual Day event.

Several hundred professionals from a scientific and technical background along with 200 students attended the event held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India on 27th of March, 2017.

Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, popularly known as CIMAP, is a frontier plant research laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Established in 1959, CIMAP is steering multidisciplinary high quality research in biological and chemical sciences and extending technologies and services to the farmers and entrepreneurs of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) both home and abroad.
CIMAP has been recognised as Focal Point for South East Asia by International Centre for Science and High Technology- United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (ICS-UNIDO). CIMAP has scientific collaboration with Bulgarian Academy of Science for Rose oil technology.
Read more about CIMAP & CSIR

Read the full article published in April’s ‘Continental Cosmetics and Herbal’ journal here.

Mr Sant Sanganeria’s speech included acknowledgments to particular new projects as well as continued support of the objectives of CSIR-CIMAP, encouraging the institute to keep pushing the commercial grounds to deliver these projects in the real-world and protect the efforts made by the scientists.  Here’s what he had to say:

It’s an honour and privilege to be a part of your annual function. Thank you Professor Tripati for inviting me. I am deeply moved by your gesture and it is my privilege to share the dais with Professor Padmanabhan.

Namaste and a very good morning!

I greatly admire the rich history of this institution. Your institution has been enriched with pioneers in Indian science such as :Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, Shri P.M. Nabar, Prof. K.N. Kaul, Dr. B.N. Mitra, Dr. K. Ganapathi, Dr. S.C. Dutta, Dr. Akhtar Hussein, Dr. R.S.Thakur, Dr. Sushil Kumar, Dr. S.P.S. Kannuja, Prof. R. Rajasekharan and many more from past and present.

I am in a place where the past meets the present and creates the future. I feel humbled by the work of these scientists.

Our ability to sustain the spirit of enquiry in each and everyone can enable this country to make greater contributions to scientific research. I dedicate this famous quote of Louis Pasteur to the audience of this institute.

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.”

In today’s global world, generating new knowledge and turning it into new products is crucial to maintain and enhance the competitiveness. Even more so, it is a pre-condition for sustaining the “ New Way of Life”. Transforming the results of scientific research into new commercial products is, however, a complex process involving a broad range of stakeholders. We need to ensure that scientists and the industry work closely together and maximise the social and economic benefits of a new idea.
Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji in his number of speeches has stressed upon mitigating the gaps between science and research to the industry and common use. The inventions of the scientist should reach the common man.

I am happy and proud to learn about many initiatives made by your institute under the able guidance of Professor Anil Tripati. I was in particular very pleased with one of your new projects-the development of a low-cost, fully biodegradable sanitary pad using plant extracts.
The institute should approach some industry leaders to bring this product to the market, which has both commercial viability and the capability to have far-reaching social consequences. Research needs to be advertised extensively – so as to reach the industry, start-up companies and the common man. It will be a pity, if this opportunity of research gets wasted.

I also appreciate your initiative in Amritapuri – to educate farmers in planting medicinal and aromatic plants in their villages.
I am sure there are many more inventions and initiatives made by the scientists of your Institute. The challenge is to safeguard that none of that research work is wasted. Must ensure a process to identify and encourage particular scientists for his contribution through recognition. Finding partners for each research and initiative should become our single-minded priority. The hard work of our scientists should be maximised to meet the dramatically changing environment, in order to challenge economic and social climates. Science stands as a ready tool to help combat modern difficulties. With all these changes, the need for inter- sectoral dialogue is more important than ever.

I am sure we have smart and intelligent scientists, visionaries among us – who will guide through this process and make India, the greatest country on Earth – an ISRO of Medicinal and Agricultural Plants, where technology can be exchanged or brought in to bring more laurels to the country.

My greetings to all members of the CSIR /CIMAP and my best wishes for success in their mission of path breaking, world-class research relevant to national development.

Before I conclude, I would like to institute an Annual Award of Rupees Five lakhs per annum for Five Years to be given to Five Brilliant Scientists involved in the novel development in Science & Technology. Awardees will be selected by a High Powered Committee of CSIR-CIMAP & two nominees of ULTRA INTERNATIONAL / SANGANERIA FOUNDATION (SFHE).
I hope this will allow other Corporates to follow.

Dhanyavad, Thank you and Jai Hind.