The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. Consequently, in 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, as from 2009, 8th June every year would be designated as “World Oceans Day”. The official designation of World Oceans Day created an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.
As a premier oceanographic research institute in this part of the world, CSIR-NIO celebrated "World Ocean Day" in the campus. Human Resource Management Group took initiative in celebrating the day and organized a Photography contest for the staff and students based on themes related to Oceans. An overwhelming response saw entry of more than 100 photographs giving hard time to the Jury comprising of celebrated professional photographers. The photographers were exhibited in the foyer of the institute from 10 AM to 5 PM, which attracted a large number of spectators. The top three honors of best photographs were take away by Mr S Narendra Tari, DR M.R Ramesh Kumar and Ms. Nibedita Sahoo.
During the concluding session at 4 PM, the “World Ocean Day Special Lecture” was delivered by Dr. Rahul Sharma, Chief Scientist on the topic "First nodule to first mine site: an overview of India's deep-sea mining campaign". Lecture was very informative as Dr Sharma sketched an overview of deep-sea mining campaign of the country, how it started, mining sites in the ocean selected by various countries, and status of India in deep-sea mining. During the program, the Director addressed the gathering and emphasized on the role of ocean in human's life, and awareness to the society about the ocean. Prizes to the photography contest winners were also given away by the Director. Mr. Thavapandian, Technical Assistant (HRM) proposed the vote of thanks.