With a rich history of over six decades, CSIR-NISCAIR has today come to occupy a leadership position in the area of scholarly and public communication of science and technology. It has assumed the status of the largest institute engaged in science communication in the country and perhaps the only institution of its kind in Asia.
Uniquely placed, CSIR-NISCAIR has carved out a niche for itself over the period by bringing out 18 peer-reviewed research journals covering major disciplines of science and technology ranging from physics to radio-physics, chemistry to chemical technology, experimental biology to biotechnology, and intellectual property rights to traditional knowledge and so on.
Realizing that for knowledge to be really useful it needs to be communicated and disseminated to the masses in a language they can understand, CSIR-NISCAIR has also tremendously contributed towards it by publishing popular science magazines and books as well. It publishes three highly valuable and largely circulated popular science magazines – Science Reporter (English monthly), Vigyan Pragati (Hindi monthly) and Science Ki Duniya (Urdu quarterly) for over half a century.
CSIR-NISCAIR’s monumental encyclopaedic series, The Wealth of India, covers India's all raw material resources, be it plant, animal or mineral. It is a ready reckoner for researchers, entrepreneurs, plant-based industrialists, policymakers, and science enthusiasts.
CSIR-NISCAIR moves forward with these and has also undertaken a variety of innovative activities in science communication including research, academics, and societal programmes, etc.
A crusader for science communication in the country, CSIR-NISCAIR embraces a wide spectrum of stakeholders ranging from students and teachers to scientists and professionals, from civic and statutory bodies to decision-makers and policymakers, from industries and research institutions to even farmers and layman.