Having waited for four years to get a deemed university status for its educational arm from the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has now approached the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to establish its own varsity independent of UGC and the Arjun Singh-led Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry.
CSIR will soon be moving a cabinet note for establishment of a CSIR-AIST university on the lines of the recently approved Maritime University and earlier those established by the Department of Space. CSIR had also made a presentation on the need of a dedicated CSIR university before the PMO. With its headquarters in Noida or Faridabad, the institute is envisaged as a set-up that will network between the 40-odd CSIR laboratories and pool resources and faculty across these to create a national level university with a strong research focus. CSIR has also proposed that besides post-graduate courses, the varsity be allowed to also run undergraduate level courses in both sciences and humanities. The objective is to stem the growing shortage of skilled manpower in the science and technology industry and the dwindling numbers of PhDs per annum.