Technology Transfer Current Affairs

Government sets up mechanism in CSRI for transfer of technology

Ministry of Science & Technology has set up Mechanism in Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to interact with Small-Scale Industry (SSI) for transfer of Technology from CSIR Labs.

Nodal officer in CSIR will coordinate with the SSIs and CSIR labs for appropriate technology required by them. SSI sector is largest employment provider in country, next to agriculture. It contributes almost 40% of gross industrial value added in Indian economy.

Key Facts

CSIR covers wide spectrum of S&T–from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, earth sciences, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, mining, materials, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.

CSIR laboratories have patented over 1,000 technologies and processes, which are available for commercial exploitation. Some of these technologies have been commercialised. They are willing to work with user industries to develop applications and products to meet the needs of the market.


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.


Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Germany

The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Steinbeis GmbH Co. KG, Germany for technology transfer and resourcing in manufacturing, including sub-sectors of Capital Goods.

The MoU between India Steinbeis GmbH was signed in April, 2016 during the Industrial Exhibition Hannover Messe 2016 in Hannover, Germany.

Steinbeis GmbH is leading German organization for applied industrial research in Europe. It will act as a Technology Resource Partner for implementing identified projects in manufacturing.

The MoU envisages following field of cooperation

  • Technology road mapping for specified Capital Goods sub-sectors.
  • Cooperation in events on technology.
  • Profiling of specific technologies.
  • Upgrading existing technology institutes and setting up Greenfield institutes in India.
  • Assessment of technology status of Capital Goods Cluster,
  • Other technology related co-operation and collaboration.


The MoU is a framework instrument that seeks to facilitate industrial technology projects by Indian Capital Goods Sector. It will provide a platform to various public sector undertakings (PSUs) and Capital Goods Sector units to have easy access to expertise and capabilities of Steinbeis GmbH for identifying and plugging technology gaps.