2. Particulars Of Organisation, Functions and Duties

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2.1 Aims / Objectives of the National Chemical Laboratory.

The goals set by this laboratory is to advance knowledge and to apply chemical sciences for the good of the people.

2.2 Vision Statement of the National Chemical Laboratory.

Please see for the Vision & Mission Statement at link Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles & Values (chapter 18).

2.3 Brief history of the National Chemical Laboratory in context to its formation:-

The National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune was established in 1950 as a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). NCL is a science and knowledge based research, development and consulting organization. It is internationally known for its excellence in scientific research in Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences and Engineering. NCL has an outstanding track record of industrial research involving partnership with industry from concept to commercialization. The history of National Chemical Laboratory dates back to 6th April 1947. On this day, the foundation stone for NCL was laid. On 3rd January 1950, this laboratory was declared open by the then first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The first 10 years upto 1960 were the formative years for the laboratory wherein the emphasis was on creation of discipline oriented research divisions. During the years 1960 to 1980, this laboratory established its credentials as a world class research laboratory in the area of organic chemistry and chemistry of natural products. Further, NCL forays into the area of applied industrial chemistry and the processes for fine chemicals and agrochemicals developed for Indian industry. During the decade of 1980 to 1990, NCL has established advanced facilities for research in catalysis and polymer science and processes based on heterogeneous catalysts transferred to Indian industry. Subsequent to 1990 NCL's products, processes and intellectual property found global markets and established global research partnership. Thus, NCL has a rich tradition and history of excellence in both basic and applied research. At the dawn of a new century, NCL looks to the future with renewed optimism. Our vision is to ensure the supremacy of the laboratory in emerging areas of chemical and related sciences and to perform research, which is intellectually challenging and globally competitive. Our mission is to use chemical and related sciences to produce useful materials and substances efficiently, thereby creating value to our customers in particular and society in general. To fulfill this mission, we believe that our research must be related to the real world and go beyond mere intellectual stimulation.

2.4 NCL's Mission:-

Please see link Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles & Values for NCL's Mission (chapter 18).

2.5 Main activities / functions of the National Chemical Laboratory ·

NCL's R&D functions span diverse areas of scientific and industrial research covering Organic Chemistry, Polymer Science and Engineering, Organic Chemical Technology (Pharmaceuticals, Drug intermediates and Natural products chemistry), Catalysis, Physical and Materials Chemistry, Biochemical Sciences, Plant Tissue Culture, Chemical Engineering and Process Development. The laboratory interacts with its external clients through Business Development Division which takes care of business development, marketing, technology management, public relations and intellectual property management. Information Division organizes the vital management information system (MIS) and networking of information and communication across NCL and also acts as major digital information resource centre. NCL has well equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities for synthesis, analysis, computation and scale-up.
Apart from well-equipped research laboratories that cater to the disciplines of interest, NCL has several special R&D support facilities. These include Catalyst Pilot Plant, Center for Material Characterization, Central NMR facility, Combi Chem Bio Resource Center, Digital Information Resources center, Multipurpose Pilot Plants, National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms, Tissue Culture Pilot Plant, etc.
The present position of the laboratory is that it has a total staff strength of NCL in position is about 890 out of which 265 are scientific staff with Ph.D.s with post doctoral and industrial R&D experience. In addition, the manpower of NCL is supplemented by 425 research students and 300 project assistants (with post-graduate degrees) working on contract R&D projects. NCL publishes the second largest number of research papers in chemical sciences (~430) and produces the largest number of Ph.D.s (~50 every year) in chemical sciences in India.

2.6 List of services being provided by the National Chemical Laboratory with a brief write-up on them.

Contract R&D comprising of (a) Sponsored R&D projects wholly funded by the client having specified R&D objectives and well defined expected project output/results, generally culminating in generation of intellectual property/knowledgebase. (b) Collaborative /Cooperative R&D projects partially funded by the client, and/or supplemented by provision of inputs such as expert manpower, engineering, production/fabrication of product in bulk for testing/trials, creation of infrastructural facilities or other inputs etc. (c) Grant-in-aid R&D projects involving a grant by way of financial inputs, either in full or in part, assistance in kind e.g. equipment, training etc. to supplement laboratory efforts in ongoing or new R&D projects or for creating new capabilities/facilities.
Consultancy projects comprising of scientific, technical, engineering or other professional advice / assistance based on the available knowledgebase / expertise of the laboratory.
Technical Services meant to render to the clients / customers, assistance based on available knowledge, expertise, skills, infrastructure and facilities of the laboratory.

2.7 Organizational Structure Diagram at various levels namely, State, Directorate, region, district, block etc. (whichever is applicable).

Please see link at structurediagram

2.8 Expectation of the National Chemical Laboratory from the public for enhancing its effectiveness and efficiency.

Please see 2.1- Aims / Objectives and 2.2 - NCL's Vision Statement given in (chapter 18).

2.9 Arrangements and methods made for seeking public participation/ contribution :

Please see 2.1- Aims / Objectives and 2.2 & 2.4 – NCL's Mission given in (chapter 18).

2.10 Mechanism available for monitoring the service delivery and public grievance resolution.

Please see 2.1- Aims / Objectives and 2.2 & 2.4 – NCL's Mission given in (chapter 18).

2.11 Address:

PUNE 411 008

2.12 Working Days :

Monday through Friday Working hours : 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM