CSIR-National Physical Laboratory | 26 Aug 2019

Recently, the Union Environment Ministry has designated the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) as national verification agency for certifying instruments and equipment for monitoring emissions and ambient air.

  • CSIR-NPL shall develop the necessary infrastructure, management system, testing and certification facilities conforming to international standards.
  • After launching of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), there has been a boom in equipment for real-time monitoring of air quality.
  • NCAP envisages 20-30% reduction in PM 2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) by 2024 and PM 10 (coarse pollution particles) concentration in 102 non-attainment cities over 2017 levels.
  • Currently, New Delhi leads the numbers of cities in air quality sensors, with around 35 of them.

CSIR- National Physical Laboratory of India

  • The CSIR- National Physical Laboratory of India, situated in New Delhi, is the measurement standards laboratory of India.
  • It maintains standards of SI units in India and calibrates the national standards of weights and measures.
  • The National Physical Laboratory was conceptualized in 1943 by the Governing Body of CSIR, with a view to make science and technology as a means for industrial growth and development.
  • Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, laid the foundation stone for the laboratory on January 4, 1947.

Source: TH