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Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology visits CSIR-NIO
The Ocean holds the potential of being the source of limitless, sustainable resources, were the words of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon. Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, as he was addressing the public on the inaugural programme of the Golden Jubilee year celebration of CSIR-NIO on 1st January 2015. “Science has taught us that all things began in the Ocean, and so it is to the ocean that we must turn for the future”, he added.
The importance of ocean science was underlined during his address. “The nation must strive for big time commercialization of bioactive substances that lie in the ocean because these have great potential of discovering new drugs and pharmaceuticals”. Our future lies in collaboration with integrated marine ecology and fisheries research, he added.
Dr. Vardhan, also spoke on the importance of keeping our ocean and seas safe and clean.
Earlier during the day Dr. Harsh Vardhan, laid the Foundation stone of rain water harvesting tank at the institute. He later interacted with the scientist of the institute and was briefed on the onging research.
Dr. Naqvi, Director NIO welcomed the gathering and stated his happiness that the institute has entered into the 50th year of its existence. NIO establishment 49 years ago was credited to the major expedition, International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE). He stated that NIO proposes to have IIOE-2 this year with participation of research ship from various countries. In future, NIO also would network with other Indian Ocean countries to understand the processes leading to climate change and other oceanographic processes, he added.
Dr. Rahul Sharma, Chief Scientist of the institute proposed the vote of thanks.
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