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CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
It is my great pleasure to welcome the online visitors to the website of CSIR-CGCRI.
The Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) is a premier Institute of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Our mandate is to provide scientific industrial research and development in the area of frontier materials such as glass, multi-functional ceramics and related materials that maximizes the economic, environmental and societal benefit for the people of India.
Public funded R&D institutions necessarily must connect with stakeholders at all levels, not only through the knowledgebase they create and nurture but also through the various specialized services they provide; human resources they enrich; and social challenges they address. In this context we provide consultancy and carry out independent research in the areas of glass, ceramics and related material relevant to the country’s security, economic, industrial and socio-economic needs. We also undertake well-orchestrated initiatives with focussed objectives on advanced R&D projects which are internationally competitive and public-private partnership projects sponsored by private/public sector enterprises. We provide technical advisory and infra-structural services such as project engineering, testing & evaluation. We train human resource at various levels with emphasis on students and grass-roots groups. Additionally, we disseminate scientific information to the public domain.
Since its inception in 1950, CSIR-CGCRI has consistently etched its name in the echelons of science for its innovative, socially-relevant technologies and products that have contributed enormously to the country’s advancement especially in areas of energy, communication, health and water.
Additionally, CSIR-CGCRI also contributes massively to high-end scientific products as Atomic Energy and Defence constitute key stakeholders. CSIR-CGCRI has geared up to meet the increased demand of radiation shielding glasses by the atomic energy establishments. Electromagnetic windows for use in missiles are being perfected; coatings for use in stealth applications are being developed; and special glasses for use in night vision cameras are being fine-tuned. An ambitious project for optical glass development and supply has been finalized with ISRO. In most of the above activities, the focus has shifted from bench-scale R&D to that of production in partnership with industry; an essential prerequisite to hasten technology adoption and absorption. Notable technology transfers to industrial partners for scale-up and commercialization include those for production of packaged fibre laser and production of radiation shielding glass cullets.
In the last year, our scientists have published around 160 papers and produced 15 or so PhDs. Three new patents have been filed and eight of the previously applied patents granted. External cash flow has peaked significantly; catapulting CSIR-CGCRI to the third position among all laboratories of CSIR. Our Glass Frit Technology has been awarded the CSIR Technology Award for Innovation 2018. The institute has also received the ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard certification for R&D, consultancy, testing and analytical services.
We rise to meet new challenges. We forge new partnerships. We welcome new collaborations. We advance in tune with new realities and with an eye on national priorities.
Our pursuit of excellence continues. I invite you to explore the website and to engage with us at the level of your interest.
Short Profile of Director
Dr. Kuttanellore Muraleedharan presently the Director of CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI), Kolkata is an acclaimed scientist in the area of electron microscopy and physical metallurgy.
Dr. Muraleedharan was born on October 15, 1960 in Thrissur, Kerala. Dr. Muraleedharan earned his B. Tech (1983) and Ph. D (1994) from Banaras Hindu University-Institute of Technology (BHU-IT), Varanasi. He started his career journey from Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad as a Scientist in the year 1984 after a short tenure as Graduate Engineer Trainee at the Mishra Dhatu Nigam (MIDHANI), Hyderabad. It was under his able leadership that the electron microscopy facility at DMRL developed to international standards. Dr Muraleedharan has also been a member of DRDO think tank, G-FAST where he made significant contributions in forecasting and creating DRDO road maps in materials related areas like Materials for Armour, Hypersonic Vehicles, Electronic and Functional Applications, Stealth etc. He joined CSIR-CGCRI as Director on August 05, 2015.