India inaugurated Arctic Research Station ‘Himadri’ on July 01. India is already having a Research Station in Antarctica since 1982.
Some of the interesting features of Himadri are:
- Indian Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Kapil Sibal inaugurated the Indian research station
- equipped with state of the art facilities for round the year scientific research with special emphasis on climate change
- India joins as the 11th country to have established a full-fledged research station in Arctic in addition to Britain, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, South Korea, The Netherlands, Sweden and Norway
- located at Ny-Alesund, Svalbard archipelago and is 1200 kms from the North Pole
- to be managed by the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences
- the inaugural function at Ny-Alesund was attended by eminent polar scientists, diplomats and policy makers of various countries
- on this occasion a Memorandum of Understanding on Polar research was also signed between the NCAOR and Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI)
Update: July 04
View inauguration photographs from National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa.
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