Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) - is amongst one of the constituent research
institutes of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New
Delhi. Originally set up as the National Botanic Gardens (NBG) by the State
Government of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.), it was taken over by the CSIR in 1953.
Though, initially engaged in research in the classical botanical
disciplines, the NBG went on laying an increasing emphasis, in keeping with the
national needs and priorities in the field of plant sciences, on its applied and
developmental research activities. A time came when it was felt that the name
NBG no longer projected the correct nature and extent of its aims and
objectives, functions and R & D activities. Consequently, the NBG was renamed as
the NBRI, i.e., The National Botanical Research Institute in 1978. This name has
since correctly reflected the distinctive character and the R & D activities of
this applied botanical institution only of its type in the country.
Areas Of R & D and Infrastructure
aims and objectives of the Institute are pursued through various projects
distributed among the following five broad areas of R & D supported by S&T
support services for their respective activities:
Garden and Distant Research Centers
Diversity, Systematics and Herbarium
& Environmental Science
Interaction & Pharmacognosy
6. S&T Support Services
Distant Research Centres
CSIR-NBRI has three Distant Research Centres
- Banthra Research Centre, Biomass Research Centre and Aurawan Research Centre.
These are situated near the village Banthra, about 22 km away from NBRI, Lucknow, on
Lucknow Kanpur Road. All the three centres mostly serve as extension centres for
the demonstration of agro-technologies developed by the institute, as well as
for raising large-scale, experimental cultivations of different types of
plants of economic importance.