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Nallathamby Kalaiselvi is the CSIRs first female Chief

August 12, 2022

The "first woman director general of CSIR" is Nallathamby Kalaiselvi (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research). She has been in her position as senior electrochemical scientist for two years.


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Shekhar Mande, who retired in April 2022, will be replaced by Kalaiselvi.

Rajesh Gokhale, secretary to the Department of Biotechnology, was given the additional responsibility of CSIR upon Shekar Mande's retirement.

For her work on lithium-ion batteries, Kalaiselvi is renowned.She presently serves as the director of Tamil Nadu's CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute.

She will serve as the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research's secretary in addition to the director general of CSIR.

She was appointed as the first female scientist to lead the Central Electrochemical Research Institute in February 2019. (CSIR-CECRI).

She is currently working on creating supercapacitors and lithium-ion or sodium-ion batteries that are practically practicable.

She currently possesses 6 patents and has over 125 research articles published.

The CSIR is a council for scientific and industrial research.

In September 1942, the CSIR was established as a separate entity. Since then, it has grown to become the nation's biggest organisation for research and development. The Ministry of Science and Technology provides the funding. According to the Societies Registration Act of 1860, it has been registered. Ocean sciences, aerospace engineering, life sciences, mining, food, petroleum, environmental science, and chemicals are among the fields where the CSIR conducts research and development.