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Consultancy Development Centre (CDC) to be Merged with CSIR

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

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Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in news

  • Recently, Union Cabinet approved the Amalgamation of Consultancy Development Centre (CDC) along with its manpower, moveable assets and liabilities with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

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Background

  • Based on the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, NITI Aayog conducted a review of autonomous bodies (Abs) under various Government Departments.
  • Recommendations of NITI Aayog Review Committee:
    • The Review Committee recommended that “CDC could merge with CSIR and continue, as it has visible potential.”
    • The Committee in its AB’s report further stated that this would result in DSIR having only one AB under Societies Registration Act 1860 (SRA).
  • Approval of Merger Proposal: Based on the recommendations, Governing Council of CDC and Governing Body of CSIR, both had approved the proposal of amalgamation of CDC with CSIR.

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Key Decisions of Union Cabinet on Merger of CDS with CSIR  

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today has approved the following-

  • The existing 13 employees of CDC shall be accommodated in CSIR by creating thirteen (13) supernumerary posts.
  • The premises occupied by CDC at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi will be surrendered to India Habitat Centre for re-allocation and realized amount from re-allocation will be deposited in the Consolidated Fund of India.
  • After amalgamation, all moveable assets and liabilities of CDC shall stand transferred to CSIR.

 

Major impact of CDS and CSIR Merger

  • Promotion of Governance: The amalgamation of two societies shall not only streamline in departments but also as per the Prime Minister’s Mantra of Minimum Government Maximum Governance.
  • Adding Experience: CSIR will be befitted by the experienced staff of CDC in the field of consultancy in education, export of technologies etc.
  • Value Addition to CSIR: The amalgamation is expected to add value to CSIR needs for-
    • Techno-commercial assessment of projects
    • Socio-economic impact analysis of CSIR technologies deployed in the field
    • Selection of appropriate consultants for carrying out detailed design and engineering for the development of prototypes based on CSIR technologies and translation of CSIR technologies to cater to stakeholder requirements and/or for market readiness.
    • Business development activities.

 

Brief Introduction of CSIR and CDS

  • CSIR: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was set up in 1942 under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 as a National R&D organization for scientific industrial research for India’s economic growth and human welfare.
    • The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) functions as an Autonomous body under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • CDS: CDC was set up in 1986 as a society with the support of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) for developing, strengthening and promoting consultancy skills and capabilities in the country.
    • CDC was approved as an Autonomous Institution of DSIR by Union Cabinet on 13th October 2004.
    • CDC is located in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

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