Director's Message


Welcome to the website of CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR), New Delhi!

CSIR-NIScPR came into existence on 14th January 2021 with Dr Harsh Vardhan, then the Hon'ble Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, announcing the merger of two internationally acclaimed CSIR Institutions namely CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (CSIR-NISCAIR) and National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (CSIR-NISTADS). Since then CSIR-NIScPR has been able to direct its activities towards becoming a globally respected institution in the domain of science policy research and science communication, using the rich legacy spanning several decades and robust inherent capabilities of erstwhile institutions. Through its efforts the new institution has taken big strides to promote Science, Technology & Innovation (ST&I) policy studies and science communication among diverse stakeholders and act as a bridge at the interface of science, technology, industry and society.

CSIR-NIScPR for its science communication part carved out a niche for itself, perhaps the only institution of its kind in Asia, to bring out 18 peer-reviewed research journals covering major disciplines of science and technology ranging from physics to radio-physics, chemistry to chemical technology, experimental biology to biotechnology, and intellectual property rights to traditional knowledge, popular science books and popular science magazines namely Science Reporter, VigyanPragati and Science Ki Duniya. Realizing that for knowledge to be really useful it needs to be communicated and disseminated to the masses in a language they could understand, CSIR-NIScPR engages society through print, electronic and digital media. The monumental encyclopaedic series, The Wealth of India, covers India's all raw material resources, be it plant, animal or mineral. The institute hosts National Science Library, the Indian ISSN Centre and has been facilitating comprehensive access to world class e-journals and databases to CSIR and DST laboratories through National Knowledge Resource Consortium (NKRC).

For its Policy research part, the institute hasestablished itself as a think tank of CSIR, dedicated to Policy Advocacy on Techno-Socio-economic issues identified by CSIR/Government of India and provides decision support in S&T design, development, and application in the context of National as well as Global scenario. Most recent and relevant initiatives of national interest taken by NIScPR include: SVASTIK aimed at communicating scientifically validated societal traditional knowledge and inculcating R&D temper of verifying traditional knowledge and practices in a scientific manner; Compendium of CSIR technologies based on their assessment on Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale; Livelihood creation for rural India through deployment of CSIR technologies by collaborating with UNNAT Bharat Abhiyan and Vijanana Bharti (VIBHA); KISAN SABHA-App for supply chain and freight transportation management systems for Indian farmers; Collective Policy Session Series for policy advocacy through evidence-based research in the areas aligned to sustainable development goals.

I am sure the new entity CSIR-NIScPR would carry forward the rich legacy of erstwhile institutions and achieve new heights in the domain of science policy research and science communication at National and as well as international level fulfilling the emerging National aspirations and needs.