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Foundation: 1947

Mission: The mission of the CSIR-NPL are: (i) Developing India's measurement standards that are internationally accepted and disseminating the measurement capabilities to industry, government, strategic and academia that underpin the India's prosperity and quality of life; (ii) Conducting multidisciplinary R&D with a mission to establish the futuristic quantum standards and upcoming technologies so that India remains on par with international measurement laboratories (iii) Developing sophisticated analytical equipments (i.e. import substitutes) under "Make in India" programme to cater the ever increasing demands of emerging India; and (iv) Training of young scientists and industry personnel in the areas of measurements under "Skill India" programme.

Vision: The visions of the CSIR-NPL are: (i) To be "Giant in measurements" to support needs of the country by enhancing and expanding the existing apex calibration capabilities to "Solar Cells" and "Biomedical Equipments" that currently do not exist in the country. New calibration capabilities for environmental gases will be set up. Clean environment demands accurate measurements of pollutants (toxic gases and matter particulate), and as of now, country does not have any "Apex calibration lab" for these pollutants. In addition, R&D Centre for Quantum Standards will be set up for game-changing applications ranging from faster communications to navigation, which will be keys to improve lives and creation of new businesses. (ii) CSIR-NPL would be creating a "National hub" for the development of calibrated sophisticated instruments. India imports almost all sophisticated analytical and biomedical equipments to cater its need and this requirement is ever increasing. No country can be self-reliant if these equipments are not made in-house. Therefore, based on the CSIR-NPL's strength on accurate and precise measurements, it is versioned that a program will be initiated to build these equipments under "Make in India", whereby to begin with know-how of some of the equipments will be obtained from the internationally branded companies. (iii) Creation of a "Centre of Excellence" for skill development in the area of measurements. In order to create skilled scientific and industry ready manpower in the country, CSIR-NPL will strengthen its skill development program in the area of measurement and calibration.


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Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Government sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldAsiatic RegionBRIICSIndia
Chemistry 669th407th334th55th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 562nd305th290th54th
Energy 575th367th304th65th
Engineering 616th355th289th66th
Environmental Science 628th401st361st85th
Physics and Astronomy 732nd401st336th78th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatiĆ³n allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

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