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Shekhar Mande appointed as Director-General of CSIR

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Dr. Shekhar Mande as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Research (DSIR). He will succeed Girish Sahni who superannuated in August 2018.

Dr. Shekhar Mande

Dr. Mande, a structural biologist is Director of National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune. He has worked at Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad. He is also top functionary of Vijnana Bharati, a swadeshi science movement affiliated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He is fellow of all three major science academies and recipient of coveted SS Bhatnagar Prize (2005), most prestigious science honour in the country.

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

CSIR is an autonomous body and India’s premier research and development (R&D) organisation. It was established in 1942. It operates as an autonomous body registered under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860. It is mainly funded by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology. Prime Minister is the chairman of CSIR. It has been ranked 9th in the world amongst 1207 government institutions, with overall global ranking of 75 in world, covering 5250 institutions. It runs a chain of 38 national research labs. It is headquarter in New Delhi.

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Tushar Mehta appointed as new Solicitor General of India

The Appointments Committee of Union Cabinet has approved appointment Tushar Mehta has been appointed as the new Solicitor General of India. He will replace Ranjit Kumar, who had stepped down sometime back and shall hold office till June 30, 2020. Prior to this appointment he was Additional Solicitor General.

Tushar Mehta

He had started his legal career as advocate in 1987. He was designated as senior advocate by Gujarat High Court in 2007. He was made Gujarat’s Additional Advocate General in 2008 and represented the state government led by the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in many crucial cases. He was appointed as Additional Solicitor General in June 2014.

Solicitor General of India

Solicitor General is the second highest law officer in the country. He is subordinate to the Attorney General of India, the highest law officer and works under him. He also advises the government in legal matters. Solicitor general is appointed for period of three years by Appointment Committee of Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister.

Note:  Office and duties of Attorney General is created by Constitution under Article 76. While, Solicitor General and Additional Solicitor Generals’ office and duties are governed by Law Officers (Conditions of Service) Rules, 1987 and not by Constitution (thus they are statutory  posts and not constitutional). Moreover, attorney generals has  right to participate in the proceedings of Parliament, but cannot vote.  Whereas, Solicitor General and Additional Solicitor Generals’ do not have these rights wrt to participation in parliament.

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