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Marine Research and Capacity Building

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (External website that opens in a new window) lays special emphasis on encouraging basic and applied research in ocean related subjects with focus on assisting the Universities and building up a skilled human resource base in Marine Sciences. The objective of this programme is to encourage research in newly emerging and front line areas of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Exploration and Exploitation of Marine Resources, Coastal Engineering, etc., with a view to create infrastructure facilities in Universities and to inculcate scientific temper among the people in relation to marine science and technology.

Presently, about 100 research and development projects are being supported in the interdisciplinary field of Marine Science and Technology. This includes projects being supported under the Ocean Science and Technology Cells set up in the chosen priority areas viz., Marine Microbiology at Goa University, Marine Geology and Geophysics at Mangalore University, Beach Placers at Madras University, Coastal Marine Culture Systems at Andhra University, Marine Biology at Annamalai University, Marine Benthos at Cochin University of Science and Technology, Marine Coastal Ecology of West Coast at Bhavnagar University, Marine Coastal Ecology of East Coast at Berhampur University and Ocean Engineering and Underwater Robotics at IIT, Kharagpur. In addition, projects in the field of biodiversity, biostratigraphy, ridge geology, polar sciences, gravimetry and climatology are also being supported outside the OSTC system.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 09-02-2011