About Us

PSCST, functions under the aegis of Department of Science, Technology and Environment, Punjab. It is a scientific and industrial research organization approved by Department of Scientific Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. it serves as focal point of Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India for planning, guiding, evaluating, monitoring, coordinating and accelerating S&T activities at the State level so as to ensure integration of S&T for overall socio-economic development. The Council has identified Popularization of Science, Biotechnology and Environment including industrial pollution control and energy efficiency as its major thrust areas. it is engaged in location-specific research, technology development, demonstration & transfer as   well as capacity building & outreach activities on S&T issues relevant to the state. It also coordinates policy and infrastructure development as well provides patent search and filing facilities to the innovators, researchers, R&D establishments and industry in the state.

The Chief Minister, Punjab, the Minister-in-Charge  for Science & Technology is chairman of the Council. The General Body of the Council has members representing various departments of the State, Vice-Chancellors of the 4 universities and eminent scientists representing national and state level scientific institutions. Principal Secretary for Science & Technology is the Member Secretary of the Council. He also heads Executive Committee of PSCST. Executive Director is the Chief Executive of the Council.


 Objectives: 

Our objectives are as under:

  • To identify, develop and promote new technologies relevant to socio-economic developmental needs of the State 
  • To popularize  science and  spread  scientific temper among people of the State
  • To set up/promote pilot-plants and demonstration units for priority developmental needs of the State
  • To interact with other State and National S&T bodies having similar or related objectives
  • To establish infrastructure, institutions, organizations etc. necessary to achieve the aforesaid objectives
  • To advise the State govt. an technical matters relating to Science, Technology and Environment

 Specialized Facilities/Services

 Climate Change Knowledge Center 

The Punjab State Climate Change Knowledge Centre (PSCCKC) has been set up at PSCST with support of DST, GOI. Its objective is to identify state specific challenges, vulnerabilities and implications of climate change for adaptation initiates in short and long term scenarios. PSCCKC also caters to the information and knowledge needs of policy makers, scientific community and general public on climate change issues through tailor made outreach programs. The centre has trained more than 1000 officials of stakeholder departments/institutions and sensitized more than 5 lacs schools, colleges and universities on Climate Change issues. The Centre has also coordinated development of several projects for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Punjab and is engaged in mobilizing climate finance for their implementation. It is also taking initiatives for building capacities of various stakeholders. under Climate Change Adaptation- Rural Areas (India) project taken up with support from GIZ.

 Consultancy Cell 

The Consultancy Cell was established in the Council in 1992. It provides technical consultancy for pollution control and energy efficiency to small-scale industry giving them compatible and cost effective solutions with mission ‘Pollution Prevention Pays’. Consultancy Cell is manned by a dedicated team of Engineers and certified Energy Auditors having Mechanical, Chemical & Environmental engineering background and with experience in the field of Energy Efficiency and pollution control in Brick Sector, Steel, Foundry & Rice Mills etc. The Consultancy Cell has long association with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Govt. of India and Central Pollution Control Board & Various State Pollution Control Boards. While developing these technologies, major emphasis is being laid on Process modifications, waste minimization & energy conservation. In order to percolation of the effect of the technologies developed and demonstrated to the grass root level. The Consultancy Cell also conducts on-site and off-site training programs, District, State, National and International level workshops and conferences for the entrepreneurs, shop-floor managers and other workforce of industries. 

 Patent Information Center

Patent Information Centre (PIC) was set up in PSCST as a joint initiative of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Govt. of Punjab. Its major mandate is to take Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues to academia,  industry, grassroot level innovators & entrepreneurs by creating awareness, capacity building & providing international patent search facilities to ascertain novelty of inventions  and facilitating IPR filing  from Punjab and Chandigarh region with the support of Technology  Information Forecasting & Assessment Council(TIFAC), DST-GoI. All the services are being provided free of cost to academic institutions, Govt. departments and R&D centres. PIC has conducted > 500 patent searches, filed 59 patents (22 granted), registered "Phulkari' as 1st Geographical Indicator of Punjab, organized 45 IPRs awareness workshops & more than 80 faculty training camps, established 14 University IPR Cells & 16 student IP clubs in engineering institutions of state, formulated 7 University IPR Policies, trained 14 women scientists under DST-GoI, KIRAN Scheme and prepared several IP Technology scan reports.  The Centre has been instrumental in introducing IPRs as a compulsory subject in the curriculum of vocational training in Punjab and in certain areas of higher education especially engineering, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences through its IPR cells.

Based on its performance for undertaking diverse IP activities in the State of Punjab & Chandigarh, Centre has been consistently rated as Category 1 PIC of the country along with West Bengal, Kerala, Assam & Uttar Pradesh by PFC-TIFAC of DST- GoI, out of the 26 PICs of the country.

 Intellectual Property Facilitation Center for MSME

Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre (IPFC) was set up in PSCST to cater to IPRs needs of MSMEs of Punjab with the support of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Govt. of India under its National Manufacturing Competitiveness Program (NMCP). The major objectives of the centre are to create IPR awareness & training activities in 18 major MSMEs clusters of Punjab, provide advisory services to create intellectual capital for the growth of MSMEs, conduct IP searches & facilitate filing of patents, trademarks, design, copyrights with follow up services, information sharing on latest developments in the field of IPR at national & global level and off patents/designs for technology upgradation and undertake pilot studies for  assessment of IP needs of MSME Clusters. Nominal fee is being charged by the Centre from MSME to ensure its sustainability.  

Since its inception, centre has conducted 78 trademark, 24 design & 14 patent searches; filed 9 patents, 20 trademarks, 17 designs,  8 copyrights applications; conducted several cluster level awareness programs & trainings for District Industry Centers & Cluster Development  Executives (CDEs), prepared IP scan reports with focus on off-patents for technology upgradation and provided advisory services to >400 MSMEs of Punjab. The centre is focusing on clusters having high IP potential such as  Bathroom fittings, Mohali; Bicycles, Ludhiana; Agriculture implements manufacturing, Moga & Barnala and Sports Goods, Jalandhar.

 Bio-resource Processing Facility

PSCST has set up a Bioresource Processing Facility at Talwara. This initiative was taken with support of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. The facility has been made self sustainable through involvement of a local cooperative M/S Unati Cooperative Marketing-cum-Processing Society Ltd. The innovative approach involved in setting up of the facility has resulted in generation of sustainable livelihood for rural women through value addition of locally available bioresources which were otherwise yielding negligible economic benefits to the local population. The facility is ISO 22000:2008 certified and has export license. Presently, the facility is processing more than 2000 MT local bioresources annually like amla, karela, jamun, giloye, guava, bottle gourd, neem, turmeric, litchi, pear, ginger etc. Further, the Facility is also producing about 1,00,000 Litre Natural Vinegar from amla, sugarcane, apple, jamun. Besides, it also facilitates extraction of essential oil from aromatic crops specially lemon grass. The facility is providing direct employment to about 100 women & 25 men and successfully generating about 1 lac man days work/ annum for harvesting, sorting, grading and processing of natural bio resources for local community. The value added products being produced at the facility are available in both domestic & international markets.  Various reputed industrial houses like Markfed, Apollo, Godrej Nature Basket, Dillsbury Ltd., Arogya Herbal, Relligare, Wellness Pharmacy, Trent Hyper Market and Nature’s Hut are marketing the products being manufactured at the facility.


 Organizations serviced by PSCST

Punjab Biodiversity Board

The Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India has enacted the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 to promote conservation & sustainable utilization of biological resources and to ensure fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of commercial use of biological resources & associated traditional knowledge. The Act envisages a three tier system, with the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) at the apex, State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) and Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) at local level. The Punjab Biodiversity Board was notified in December, 2004 as a statutory body u/s 22 of Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and re-notified from time to time. Presently, Hon’ble Chief Minister is the Chairman of the Board in his capacity as Minister Environment. The major mandates of the Board are to:

  • Advise the State Govt. and provide technical assistance on matters related to conservation of biodiversity 
  • Facilitate setting up of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) and preparation of People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) at district/town/village level
  • Undertake capacity building programs, studies and R&D 
  • Identify and take steps to conserve ‘Biodiversity Heritage Sites’ and threatened flora and fauna of the State 
  • Regulate access of biological resources for commercial utilization 

The Board is presently functioning from the O/o Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST) and is being serviced by it for financial and administrative matters. Executive Director, PSCST is Member Secretary of the Board.  

The Board has constituted 73 Biodiversity Management Committees at District (22), Block (17) & Village Level (34) and prepared 9 District Level & 1 Village Level People’s Biodiversity Registers to document local flora & fauna.  The Board has also identified and notified threatened flora & fauna of the state, which is near to extinction and notified Punjab State Biodiversity Rules, 2016.   Further, the 1st scientific census of State Animal of Punjab i.e Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) at Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary has been conducted by the Board in collaboration with Department of Forest & Wildlife Preservation, Punjab.  Board has also identified potential Biodiversity Heritage Sites having rich diversity, beside taking up comprehensive capacity building development of bilingual resource material for all the stakeholders on various biodiversity issues.

 Mohali Biotechnology Park

PSCST is facilitating setting up of Mohali Biotechnology Park for promotion of Bio Science Industry in the State. The Park has been strategically co-located in Knowledge City so as to enable the industry to derive synergies from other components of Agri-food Biotechnology Cluster as well as the institutions and industry in & around Knowledge City. DBT-GOI and Department of Science Technology & Environment, Punjab have jointly incorporated a Section 8 Company to oversee development of the Park. The Company is being serviced by the Council. The Park users would have distinct advantage of deriving strengths from institutions and biotech industry in Knowledge City in terms of technology sourcing, testing, optimization, skilled human resource, business plan development, IPR support etc. to achieve better economies of scale.  The Park to be set up on 80 acre land in Knowledge City is envisaged to have plotted land for built to sites, extensive R&D focus, multitenant facility for providing plug & play laboratories for industry and start ups, common instrumentation facility etc. PSIEC is to develop the Park, however mode of collaboration of PSIEC/PSCST/Mohali Biotechnology Park is to be decided at Govt level.

 Punjab State Innovation Council

Punjab State Innovation Council (PSInC) has been constituted by Department of Science, Technology & Environment, GOP under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Punjab. It strives to drive innovation agenda in the state.

 

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