On January 21, 1950, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the then Deputy Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the NPL building. Over the years, the Laboratory has more than realized its primary mandate as the keeper of Measurement Standards for the nation while also substantially expanding its research activities to emerge as a leading national institution for research in a whole gamut of areas in the Physical Sciences.
Charter of CSIR-NPL
The main aim of the Laboratory is to strengthen and advance physics-based research and development for the overall development of science and technology in the country. In particular, its objectives are:
- To establish, maintain and improve continuously by research, for the benefit of the nation, the National Standards of Measurements and to realize the Units, based on the International System
- To identify and conduct, after due consideration, research in areas of physics which are most appropriate to the needs of the nation and for advancement of the field
- To assist industries, national and other agencies in their development tasks by precision measurements, calibration, development of devices, processes and other allied problems related to physics
Outline of Research Activities at CSIR-NPL
In order to realize these objectives, the Laboratory’s research & development programme is currently divided into three main research centres :
(i) Centre of Materials
(ii) Centre of Radio and Atmospheric Sciences &
(iii) Centre of Metrology
The R & D activities of these research centres are carried out under different research divisions of the Laboratory, namely:
Scientific and Administrative Support Divisions including Sophisticated and Analytical Instruments provide the necessary support to the R & D activities.