Solan: Himachal Pradesh government is planning to pursue its claim for heritage status for the 105-year-old Central Research Institute (CRI) in Kasuli on the lines of Kalka-Shimla Himalayan heritage railway track.
This was disclosed by Solan deputy commissioner Amar Singh Rathore while presiding over the 105th Foundation Day of CRI at Kasuli here last evening.
Rathore said that CRI has been serving the humanity by rendering its valuable services for last 100 years as it was founded on May 3, 1905, to manufacture life-saving vaccines or drugs in the country. The institute manufactures vaccines and drug which include anti-rabies, anti-venom, diphtheria, pertuses, tetanus (DPT), measles, typhoid, Japanese cephalics, paralytics, arias-serum, therapeutic and others vaccines.
The first drug laboratory was established in the country along with the CRI at Kasuli in 1940 and the institution has contributed a lot by producing a wide spectrum of life-saving vaccines or drugs since then. CRI Kasuli director CR Mani said that in order to equip the instituted with state-of-the art technology, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) lab is being set up within the institute.
Additional director general of health, Inder Prakesh, who was also present on this occasion, pointed out that CRI Kasuli is not only the lone institute in the country producing live-saving drugs and vaccines but it has also earned a reputation among few best known vaccine and drug institute in the world.