Welcome Speech, Director, NCL

Dr. S. Sivaram
National Chemical laboratory
Pune, 411008 India
April 1, 2014 Pune
Dr Manmohan Singh, Honourable Prime Minister of India, His Excellency the Governor
of Maharashtra, Shri Sankaranarayanan, Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Union Minister of State
(Independent Charge), Ministry of Science and Technology, Smt Purandeswari, Union
Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Professor S.K.Brahmachari,
Secretary to the Government of India and Director General CSIR, Professor Ganesh,
Director, IISER, honoured invitees, staff and students of NCL and IISER, Ladies and
It is my unique honour and privilege to welcome our Prime Minister and the dignitaries
on the dais to NCL at this historic auditorium. Sir , you are the fourth Prime Minister of
India to step into the hallowed portals of this institution and the third Prime Minister to
address the staff and students of NCL from this very auditorium. Every major
anniversary of NCL has been marked by the visit of the Prime Minister. Our Silver
Jubilee was graced by Mrs Indira Gandhi and the Golden Jubilee by Shri Atal Bihari
Vajpayee. By your presence here, we have continued this great tradition. We are
immensely grateful to you beyond words!
CSIR- NCL was born out of the enduring vision of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the
architect of modern India and was an expression to his extraordinary foresight. This
magnificent building dedicated to the nation by Pandit Nehru on January 3, 1950 is the
earliest edifice of science and technology in independent India that our Founding
Fathers felt necessary to take our country into the league of advanced nations.
As our Republic celebrates its sixtieth anniversary, so are we. The history and growth of
NCL has been inextricably linked to the growth and progress of our nation. We are
proud of our legacy, the culture of scientific excellence that pervades every corner of
this Laboratory through successive generations of many men and women who have
toiled here for the good of the people.
As we rejoice in our past, we are conscious of the great expectations that this country
has from us. On this solemn occasion we rededicate ourselves to the task of building
India of the future. We once again redeem the pledge that was taken in this very
building sixty years ago; which is aptly captured in the words of the founder of our
Republic at the midnight hour on August 15, 1947 and I quote, “the future is not one of
ease or resting, but of incessant striving, so that we might fulfill the pledges that we
have so often taken and the one we shall take today. The service of India means the
service to the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and
disease and inequality of opportunity”
Thank you, Jai Hind and Jai Maharashtra