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Inauguration of CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Regional Centre, Mumbai Complex
The Mumbai Complex of CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) was inaugurated by Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis at the Regional Centre on Lokhandvala Road, on 26 March 2015. Speaking at the function, the Chief Minister pointed out the need to bridge the gap between research and application, and also change the focus from exploitation to exploration of marine resources. Shri Fadnavis underlined the link between ecology and economy and for preservation of the environment. He also assured to provide the necessary support from his government for development of the Centre.
Initiating the function, Director of CSIR-NIO Dr. SWA Naqvi mentioned that the Regional Centre of CSIR-NIO was mainly catering to the understanding of biodiversity as well as monitoring of marine environment along the states of Mahashtra and Gujarat , which is also highly industrialized. In order to extend research to other sectors particularly biotechnology, he requested the government of Maharashtra to help in resolving issues for developing infrastructure to encourage young researchers to join the Mumbai Centre.
Speaking at the function, Dr. Bharati Lavekar, MLA of Versova, highlighted the achievements of CSIR-NIO in conservation of coastal ecosystems and requested the Chief Minister to provide required support for development of the Centre. The function also attended by Mr. Amit Satam, MLA Andheri West.
Addressing a press conference after the function, Dr. Wate, Director, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, highlighted the overloading of marine environment with pollutants that need to be monitored; Prof. Lakda, Director, Centre for Fisheries Education urged for developing an integrated plan for Maharashtra coast as well as training of fishermen with new techniques; Dr. Pushpito Ghosh, ex-Director, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute suggested to identify tangible output of research related to marine research such as improving the capability in desalination for potable water; Dr. Jayant Sahasrabudhe, Secretary, Vigyan Bharati emphasized on the need to connect research with society and Dr. Rajiv Nigam, Deputy Director, CSIR-NIO highlighted the achievements of CSIR-NIO towards exploration of marine resources as well as in unearthing heritage sites in marine environment.
In his vote of thanks, the Scientist-in-Charge of Mumbai Centre, Dr. SN Gajbhiye mentioned that CSIR-NIO has been providing support to industry along the coast since 1975 and would like to extend it by improving these facilities in future for mitigation of pollution on the coast .
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