New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR) has been ranked world's 12th best government institution, according to a report. Out of 746 institutions, France's National Centre for Scientific Research was ranked first followed by Chinese Academy of Science, China. The institutes were ranked by a prestigious Scimago Institutions Rankings that ranks institutes based on the research performance, innovation and social impact. "CSIR had improved its position among government institutes after being at 14th spot for three consecutive years," CSIR officials said. The overall global ranking of CSIR also improved from 110 to 99th position.