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AcSIR - School of Oceanography Students at Mayem
The National Institute of Oceanography has commenced Ph.D. Program in Oceanography under the CSIR’s Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) in 2011. As a part of this program every doctoral student has to undertake a societal project and need to camp over a month at any rural area to collect the data for the project after first year of course work. The first batch of ten students from NIO is currently camping at Mayem Village for over three weeks to study the health of famous Mayem Lake. They camping ends by this week end. Their aim is to collect scientific data on lake water quality, pathogens, sediment characters, ground water levels around the region etc., to compile a comprehensive technical report. The study is expected to provide not only useful information on the present condition of this lake, but also the students will have an experience of living in the rural area and interacting with local community that could help them to focus their
future research for the benefit of rural India. This program is a part of much wider societal program of CSIR popularly known as CSIR-800, that is, to direct the scientific research and innovations of CSIR towards the requirements of eight hundred million rural population of India. This program has missions to improve the quality of life and economy of rural India through innovative S&T routes. The students have been getting excellent support from locals and local administration to conduct this novel study.
As a part of this program, one student is camping at Sundarbans to study the effect of saltwater inundation on the quality of agricultural soil in association with Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Kalyani, WB, and the other in a village on the Ganga river bank to study the effect of Ganga pollution on rural community in association with Rural India Development Foundation, Ram Nagar, Varanasi.
These projects are being supervised by Drs. V.K. Banakar and K. Sreekrishna, senior scientists of NIO.
(Photos in sequence from top: (1) Bathymetric survey in Mayem Lake using shallow water multibeam sonar and GPS on a peddle boat, (2) Well water sampling in the region of Mayem Lake, (3) Selective media plates for identification and culturing pathogenic bacteria in Mayem Lake water, (4) Fixing the locations for sampling in Mayem Lake)
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