In a historic ceremony held at the Marmugao Harbour of Goa on Sunday, Dr Jitendra Singh, minister of state science and technology (independent charge), dedicated to the nation the first ever indigenously built Research Vessel (Ship) ‘Sindhu Sadhana’ acquired recently by the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography.
Sindhu Sadhana is a multi-disciplinary research vessel equipped with a number of laboratories for data collection, echo sounders, acoustic doppler, profiler, autonomous weather station, air quality monitors and a host of other world-class latest equipments in the field of ocean technology and ocean research.
Singh said that after the successful launch of PSLV-23 satellite in space from Sriharikota on June 30, the launch of Sindhu Sadhana into the ocean is the second major initiative in the field of science and technology within seven weeks of taking over of the Modi government.
“Just as PSLV-23 enabled India to become part a of world’s exclusive space satellite club, Sindhu Sadhana has brought India to the world map of ocean technology,” he said
The new research ship will greatly enhance Indian oceanographers’ capabilities to predict future changes in oceanographic processes.