Dr. Jitendra Singh chairs the Joint Society Meeting of Autonomous Institutes of the Ministry of Earth Sciences

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Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh chairs the first-ever Joint Society Meeting of Autonomous Institutes (IITM, INCOIS, NCESS, NCPOR, and NIOT) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) in New Delhi
Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh chairs the first-ever Joint Society Meeting of Autonomous Institutes (IITM, INCOIS, NCESS, NCPOR, and NIOT) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) in New Delhi
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Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh chairs the first-ever Joint Society Meeting of Autonomous Institutes (IITM, INCOIS, NCESS, NCPOR, and NIOT) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) in New Delhi

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  • “Marine Surveillance” to get a facelift with support from space applications for sharing valuable inputs with the Security Agencies
  • Completion of all testing to proceed for shallow water testing of manned submersible MATSYA 6000 during the first quarter of 2024
  • Oceansat will be launched on the 26th of November, 2022

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences, Dr. Jitendra Singh today convened the first-ever Joint Society Meeting of Autonomous Institutes (IITM, INCOIS, NCESS, NCPOR, NIOT) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and called for breaking the “silos” to work with integration and “whole of government” approach.

All the five autonomous bodies Societies, that is, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) have been merged into a single Society of MoES.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the move is in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive to avoid duplication and working in silos and to aim for greater integration to achieve the maximum output. He said, PM Modi not only has a natural predilection for science but is also forthcoming in supporting and promoting science and technology-based initiatives and projects in the last 7-8 years.

Apart from Dr. Jitendra Singh, who is the President of the Society, Members, Dr.M. Ravichandran, Secretary of, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Shri S. Somanath, Secretary, of the Department of Space, Dr. N Kalaiselvi, DG, CSIR, and Secretary DSIR, Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman, ISRO, Bengaluru, Dr. P.S. Goel, Former Secretary, MoES, Dr. Harsh K Gupta, Former Secretary, DOD/MoES, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Former Secretary, MoES & Director, NIAS, Bengaluru, Dr. GA Ramadass, Director, NIOT, Dr. T Srinivasa Kumar, Director, INCOIS, Dr. R. Krishnan, Director, IITM, Prof. Jyotiranjan S Ray, Director, NCESS, Dr. Thamban Meloth, Director, NCPOR took part in today’s deliberations.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Ministry of Earth Sciences has taken the notion of “Marine Surveillance” to a new level, where space applications are also being deployed to share valuable inputs with Security Agencies. The Minister informed that Oceansat will be launched on the 26th of November, 2022, and the installation of a NASA-ISRO Radar System is at an advanced stage. He also informed greater use of the Global Navigation Satellite System, GNSS, as one of the key sources of position information, alongside radio navigation systems, which exchange information with nearby ships and land-based vessel traffic services (VTS) on a vessel’s position, course, and speed.

Taking a review of the Design and Development of the Manned Submersible – MATSYA 6000, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, completion of all testing to proceed for shallow water testing of manned submersible during the first quarter of 2024 using the NIOT-MoES research vessel ORV Sagar Nidhi. He informed me that based on the ongoing progress; it is expected that all the long lead components shall get realised by the third quarter of 2023 to proceed with the subcomponent integration and testing by following due DNV-approved interface procedures.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, for the benefit of the ocean scientific community, under the Deep Ocean Mission’s SAMUDRAYAAN program of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), the deep-water, human submersible MATSYA6000 is designed and developed indigenously by the National Institute of Ocean Technology, an autonomous institute under MoES. The battery-powered submersible MATSYA 6000 shall have the capability to carry three persons up to 6000 m of water depth and perform scientific exploration with a normal endurance period of 12h and emergency support for 96 hours. Manned submersibles have the advantage of carrying scientists to deep-sea areas for research on life in extreme environments by biological sampling, habitat analysis, and in situ experiments for ocean mineral exploration.

Secretary MoES, Dr. M Ravichandra said that considering the complexity of the depth-rated component, custom design, realisation, and testing of other subsystems; contracts were signed for the long lead items with national and international agencies for the subcomponent’s realization. Titanium Alloy personnel sphere for 6000 m operation capability is under progress with VSSC-ISRO. A design document is submitted to DNV for approval and ingot material processing is being carried out at MIDHANI and forging is planned at L&T. Electron Beam Welding facility augmentation is being completed at LPSC-ISRO.

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