CHAPTER 7

Early Influences on the Origins and Directions of Coal Utilization Research in Colonial India: The Rise of the Central Fuel Research Institute, 1918–47

Dinesh Abrol

The Central Fuel Research Institute (CFRI) was one of the first few specialized industrial research institutions to be planned and created as a part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) by the Government of India (GOI) in pre-independent India. It was planned under the aegis of the Board of Scientific and Industrial Research (BSIR), which the government had set up in the wake of World War II in 1939–40, to undertake war-related researches and plan new research institutions wherever required. The BSIR operated through research committees in which ...

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