“I reiterate that science and technology will continue to play a pivotal role in our national development” said the Honorable Governor of Goa Shri Bharat Vir Wanchoo, chief guest of the inaugural function of the Reunion of Members of the 3rd Indian Expedition to Antarctica, organized by CSIR--National Institute of Oceanography, and ESSO- National Centre for Antarctica and Ocean Research, on 3rd December 2013 at the NIO Auditorium.
In his address he pointed out that the Third Expedition was charged with the critical task of building a permanent station in Antarctica and leaving a team until the following summer. He also added that during the last 60 years of our independence, our country has achieved commendable progress in diverse fields, including oceanography, meteorology, geology, etc. He concluded by saying that the members of the 3rd Indian Expedition to Antarctica are brave, courageous and great sons of India and all of us and the nation is proud of them.
The programme was inaugurated by lighting of the lamp at the hands of Honorable Governor of Goa Shri Bharat Vir Wanchoo, in the presence of Dr. Harsh Gupta, Member of National Disaster Management Authority and Leader of the 3rd Indian Expedition, Dr. S Rajan, Director ESSO- National Centre for Antarctica and Ocean Research and Dr. SWA Naqvi, Director CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography.
During the programme Dr. Harsh Gupta briefed the gathering on the expedition. He mentioned that the expedition with 81 participants comprising of 16 scientist, I camera man and 64 officers and men from the Armed Forces on board M.V. Finn Polaris had huge quantities of equipment and supplies including helicopters, containers, snow vehicles, scooters, generators, boilers, 200 tonnes of building material along with fuel and communication and scientific equipments, for the completion of Dakshin Gangotri, the 1st Indian Station in Antarctica. They began their voyage on 3rd December 1983 and reached Antarctica on 27th December 1983 after a turbulent voyage through extremely rough seas.
Earlier Dr. SWA Naqvi, welcomed the gathering and Dr. S Rajan, proposed the vote of thanks.