New Delhi, September 3 (G’nY News Service): To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of India’s research in the Antarctic, the Center for Ocean and Environmental Studies and the Department of Botany, University of Delhi, jointly organized a National Workshop and Photo exhibition titled Three Decades of Polar Research: India’s Journey to Antarctic on September 3-4, 2015.
Inaugurated by Hon’ble Union Minster for Ministry of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the seminar also featured the notable presence of Presided by Proff. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director, Institute of Bioresources & Sustainable development, Manipur.
Themes of the workshop including Biodiversity and Bioresources of the Himalayas, Water of the Himalayas, Climate Change and Himalays, Role of Community (esp. women) in sustainable management of Himalayan Resources, Threats to Himalayan Ecosystem and Solutions for Conservation and Sustainable Development and Disaster management.
A candid collection of photos depicting life in the Antarctic research region were also on display.
India joined the leading nations of the world engaged in Antarctic exploration in 1981, under the wings of the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India. The programmed gained momentum after India signed the Antarctic Treaty and built its first research base station Dakshin Gangotri.
The Indian Antarctic Research Programme stood the test of time and has today become an exemplary long term research effort.