Knowledge Resources & Information Technology Division

Knowledge Resources & Information Technology Division

Knowledge resource and Information Technology division deals with knowledge resource management and offering IT infrastructural support to CSIR-NML. There are two independent groups, as below, led by group leaders.

  • Knowledge Resource Group (KRG)
  • Information technology Group (ITG)

Knowledge resource and Information Technology division deals with knowledge resource management and offering IT infrastructural support to CSIR-NML. There are two independent groups, as below, led by group leaders.

Aligning with the vision of CSIR knowledge resource centres, KRG strives continuously to adopt the best practices to make CSIR-NML's information system effective and vibrant.

The activities of KRG may be enumerated as below:

  • Library: Collection development, Circulation, Document delivery
  • e-library: Website development and maintenance, Maintenance of Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) and institutional repositories (e-print)
  • In-house Publication: Journal of Metallurgy and Materials Science (JMMS)
  • Knowledge delivery: CSIR Integrated Skill Initiative, Development of contents for CSIR Virtual Laboratory
  • Public information delivery: RTI and PG Portal
  • Outreach programs: Jigyasha, School-NML interaction programmes
  • Publicity & Exhibitions: Press release, advertisement, maintaining archive and museum

Currently the CSIR-NML library managed by the KRG has following collections

Print (up to 31st March 2021)

  • 55,515 documents including text books, reference books, Hindi books, technical reports, manuals, conference proceedings, standards, theses, maps etc.
  • Approximately 21,000 bound volumes of journals collection since 1950
  • Full text reprints of research publications of S&T members of CBRI
  • Collection of Annual Reports of CSIR labs.

Current Print Journals Subscription (2021)

  • Foreign Journals – 24
  • Indian Journals – 05


  • ASTM, BIS (CD), Indian Standards (CD)

E – Collection (online)

  • Above 40, through NKRC/Direct subscription.
  • Journals of all S&T Publishers like: Nature, Emerald, Elsevier, T&F, ACI
  • Science database: Web of Science


  • Commercial:
  • Derwent Innovations Index
  • KCI – Korean Journal Database
  • Russian Science Citation Index
  • SciELO Citation Index
  • Open access:
  • Patent Lens
  • Google Patent Database
  • Intellectual Property Library

Institutional Membership

  • Indian: ISCA, IBC, IGBC, IE(India), IGS, INSDAG
  • International: CIB, FIB, RILEM

Under e-library, KRG developed and maintains following e-resources

Institutional Membership

  • Knowledge resource centre:
  • E-print:
  • Transparency Portal:
  • CSIR-NML website:

Journal of Metallurgy and Materials Science (JMMS) publishes original articles, review reports and short communications in the areas of minerals, metals and materials tracing the overall life cycle of structural as well as functional materials. The journal lays special emphasis on fundamental sciences related to metallic materials and their applications.

The scope of JMMS may be enumerated as - Mineral processing, Extractive metallurgy: ferrous and non ferrous; Processing of metals, Advanced joining of metals, Mechanical behavior of materials, Materials failure mechanisms including Creep, Fatigue, Fracture and Corrosion, Characterization of materials, Non Destructive Techniques, Functional materials, Computational materials engineering, Metallurgical waste recycling and utilization of metallurgical and electronic wastes

The JMMS is a quarterly publication. In the year 20-21, the volume 62 having four issues were published in the following themes:

  • Issue 1&2: Special issue on Specialized and Smart Coatings
  • Issue 3&4: Special issue on Advanced Materials

CSIR Integrated Skill Training Initiative

CSIR-NML is implementing CSIR Integrated Skill Training Initiative since 2017.

The objectives of this program are

  • To utilize CSIR knowledgebase and infrastructure for contributing to national skill mission
  • To implement special up-skilling/training programs for societal benefits
  • To implement identified skill/training programs of national skill mission
  • To promote entrepreneurship/ technopreneurship in CSIR through skilling, Training of Trainers and Incubation facilities.

Training programs category

  • Corporate Training Programme - (CTP)
  • Professional Training Programme - (PTP)
  • Societal Training Programme - (STP)
  • International Training Programme - (ITP)
  • NSDC Training Programme - (NTP)
  • Other Training Programme - (OTP)

Target Groups

  • Professionals for PTP & CTP. These are paid training.
  • Unemployed youths for OTP, STP and NTP. These are Low cost/free training.
  • School dropouts for STP and NTP. These are Low cost/free training.
  • Training programs for women. These are Low cost/free training.

Development of contents for CSIR Virtual Laboratory

The project "CSIR Virtual Laboratory" aims to contribute in developing contents for encouraging students to learn science with fun by creating innovative learning tools through Virtual Laboratory (VL) utilizing advanced digital technology in the areas of minerals, metals, materials and metallurgy. Under this project, CSIR-NML will contribute by developing innovative contents for the VL focusing R&D activities of CSIR-NML. The CSIR-VL will be popularized among the students through various publicity modes (print, digital, social media, road show, etc). For improving the content of the CSIR VL, feedback from students and faculty members will be obtained through focused group discussions and by conducting brain storming sessions. It is planned to organize competition among students for making innovative tools/devices based on scientific concepts. In addition, the CSIR-VL interface will be utilized to upload "2-Minutes-Talk" by women scientists to encourage girl students to taking up science for their future career options.

Information technology Group (ITG):

The Information Technology Group [ITG] caters to and co-ordinates the lab-wide needs for IT resources and management in terms of creation of IT infrastructure, its services & maintenance. The group is mainly looking after the development and services of IT facilities & infrastructure at CSIR-NML from basic to advanced level.

The group is well equipped with computational facilities in terms of hardware and software. The team IT consists of scientists and technologists who are actively involved to support the lab level R&D activities by providing reliable and efficient IT infrastructure with uninterrupted Internet service.

CSIR-NML is making use of the IT infrastructure primarily for data transfer, communication, exchange of manuscripts and data with authors and referees, generation of knowledge base through internet, Email communication, ERP, conducting HR interviews/assessments, important project meetings around the globe through video conferencing/ Skype/ MS Team etc.

Besides day-to-day routine activities, following are some of the major milestones achieved while equipping the three campuses of CSIR-NML and two residential dispensaries with the requisite IT infrastructure during the year 2020-2021:

  • Upgradation of existing server in terms of hardware & Software
  • Planning, estimation & installation for IT facility required by user at various renovated places of CSIR-NML
  • Coordination and management of lab wide maintenance services for IT assets of CSIR-NML.
  • Preventive maintenance of IT infrastructure installed across campuses of CSIR-NML
  • Provisioning of IT facilities in terms of network connections and utility services to new recruits.
  • Development and maintenance of several in-house utility web applications.
  • IT support to Human Resource Group (HRG) for performing various HR activities (interviews/ assessments/DPC).
  • Conduction of Video Conferencing sessions for important meetings and various project review activities.
  • Procurement and installation of Large Format Display (LFD) for various locations of NML.
  • Resolution of various technical issues related to CCTV.
  • Upgradation and hardware maintenance of CCTV
  • IT support for conduction of seminars, workshops & conferences at NML
  • Up keeping of turnstile based attendance system at CSIR-NML for employees and pensioners.
  • Verification of data and printing of employee identity card
  • Technical maintenance and upkeep of Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS)