Governor Presides Over CSIR Foundation Day Celebrations at NIO
CSIR Foundation Day celebrations were held at the National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) on 26 and 29 September 2014 comprising of open day for public and 2 public lectures which concluded with the address by the Honorable Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha. During her address the Governor urged the audience to promote Indian traditions and encourage the use of Hindi as a language of communication. She also applauded the efforts of CSIR-NIO for its contribution in the field of oceanography as well as its efforts in reaching out to common public.
A public lecture by Prof KS Valdiya, Padmashri, Honorary Professor of Geodynamics, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore on ‘Natural calamity and human tragedy in Uttarakhand in the Himalaya’ was organized on 26 September during which he dealt with various phenomenon that influenced the natural tragedy in Uttarakhand.
The closing ceremony was held on 29th September, which was presided over by Smt Mridula Sinha, Honorable Governor, Goa. During the programme, Prof. Valdiya delivered a lecture in Hindi on “Puraankaal mein Bharat ke logon ki ekataa kaa adbhut saphal prayaas”. The celebration culminated with the release of a book ‘Samudra Evam Manav’ authored by Dr.Jiyalal Ram Jaiswar, Retd. Scientist, CSIR-NIO, by Mrs. Sinha, Honorable Governor, Goa. Prof Valdiya released the Sagar Bodh, a collection of scientific papers in Hindi, edited by Dr. Rakesh Sharma.
During the open day, around one thousand five hundred students from schools as well as science and engineering colleges of Goa and other states were shown live exhibits on ocean data observation systems, specimens of marine organisms and minerals from the ocean floor, besides acquainting themselves with findings of ancient civilizations and shipwrecks along the Indian coast. The visitors viewed films on topics such as the chemistry of the ocean, earth beneath the sea, life in the ocean, restless ocean, and oceans and climate, in addition to a talk on ‘careers in oceanography’ describing various challenges and opportunities in the field of ocean sciences.
On this occasion, Dr. SWA Naqvi, Director, CSIR-NIO felicitated staff members who retired during the last year and those who completed 25 years of services. Children of NIO staff members who excelled in education and sports were also felicitated during the function.