Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology;Dr Jitendra Singh on 19 August 2023 unveiled a new variety of "Lotus" flower named ‘NBRI Namoh 108. The NBRI Namoh 108 lotus developed by Lucknow based CSIR-NBRI (National Botanical Research Institute) has 108 petals.Dr. Jitendra Parsad also launched National Lotus Mission on the occasion,
Lotus is the National Flower of India. The scientific name of Lotus is Nelumbo Nucifera Gaertn.
The Namoh 108 lotus variety flowers from March to December and is rich in nutrients. This is the first lotus variety whose genome is completely sequenced for its characteristics.
Dr Jitendra Singh also released the new variety of Aloe vera named ‘NBRI-Nihar’, a clonal selection having approximately 2.5 times high gel yield in comparison to Aloe vera.
Dr Jitendra Singh also launched a Database of 500 Raw Drug Repositories of the Institute developed as per Indian Pharmacopoeia Standards . He also released a book on roses in CSIR-NBRI Garden, comprising the details of elite varieties conserved at the Botanic Garden.
CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) is a premier plant-based, multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art National Research and Development center based in Lucknow.
CSIR was set up as an autonomous society in 1942 . The President of CSIR is the Prime Minister of India.
It is the premier government funded Scientific and Industrial Research organisation in India .
CSIR has a network of 37 national laboratories, 39 outreach centers, 3 Innovation Complexes, and five units with a pan-India presence.
CSIR is ranked 37th among 1587 government institutions worldwide and is the only Indian organization among the top 100 global government institutions, according to the Scimago Institutions Ranking World Report 2021.
CSIR holds the 7th rank in Asia and leads the country at the first position.
Headquarters: New Delhi
First Director General : S.S.Bhatnagar (1942-54)
Current Director General :Nallathamby Kalaiselvi (First women Director General of CSIR)