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Outstanding Scientist (Director Grade)
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CSIR NETWORK PROGRAM 12 TH FIVE YEAR PLAN
Inputs provided by: Prof. Asit Baran Mandal, Outstanding Scientist (Director Grade), CLRI

Title and significance of the project

During the XII Plan period (2012-17), CSIR-CLRI would be taking part as a laboratory under the CSIR-Chemical Cluster. The institute would carry out high end research is several programs, of which it will be directly adminstrating four programs, two under suprainstitutional category, one under the network mode and one as a facility creation project.
The three suprainstitutional projects, viz., S&T Revolution in Leather with a Green Touch (STRAIT), Research Initiative in Waterless Tanning (RIWT) and Design Innovation for Smart Material Transformation Yeaning Leather Life Style Products (D'STYL) would address short term and long term needs of the leather industry. STRAIT proposes to provide technological support to the industrial plans of achieving USD 14 billion exports by 2017. For this, the institute through research programs planned under 6 work packages aimed at value engineering for leather, chemical for and from leather, colloid and surface science research, smart products and composites, environmental research for zero greenhouse gas emissions and management support systems for leather will put together 115 scientists and over 2500 man months. The RIWT program is a far-fetched innovative idea emanating for the first time in the world from the institute. It aims at finding alternative benign solvents for leather processing, so as to replace water,

DSTYL addresses to the needs of leather product sector in India to be self-sustained in design innovations. The project would bring in best of global expertise to India.

The needs of the leather industry to bring down the current levels of solid waste release from 600 plus kilogram/ton to near zero is being addressed on a network mode through a project title Zero Emission Research Initiative for Solid Wastes (ZERIS). For this, the institute has formed a formidable network of CSIR laboratories with expertise from various industries, so as to fine tune the best technologies for use in leather industry.

In addition to these projects, Scientists of CSIR-CLRI would contribute to various network programs initiated by sister laboratories, both within and outside the chemical cluster.

The overall financial outlay for the projects handled by CLRI would be around Rs. 100 crores.
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