The Laboratory is part of the public-funded research agency, CSIR, in India and is the premiere agency in Government sector research. The Laboratory has activities in the areas of agroprocessing metals and ceramics, environment and processing engg., and biotechnology and chemical sciences.
The Laboratory has many sponsored and industry-funded projects and consultancies in the above areas operated and coordinated through the planning department, which is also undertaking funded research of its own in the fields of innovated diffusion, S and T studies, process upgradation in industry, and climate change.
S. Suresh Kumar is associated as the coordinator for these activities and has 26 years of service in these areas. In addition, S. Suresh Kumar is also involved in academic training programs in project management and technology transfer and has many publications and conference presentations in the above areas.