The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for fully tapping the enormous potential of the Blue Economy .
Shri Naidu interacted with the Scientists of National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), in Dona Paula, Goa today. He pointed out that India was meeting most of its oil and gas requirements through imports. The Vice President urged the scientists to step up their research in areas such as ocean energy and marine energy. “Scientists should study the potential of renewable energy derived from the ocean– from wind, wave and tidal sources”, he added.
Shri Naidu said there was a need to focus on ocean centric technology. This will be instrumental in harnessing the marine resources for sustained growth of India. Development of technologies for deep sea mining, underwater vehicles and underwater robotics for extraction of minerals should be initiated. “NIO should also undertake research on development of drugs from the sea”, he added.
The Vice President said that a focused approach in areas such as minerals from the ocean, energy from ocean. This can make India a global leader and serve our national goals.
In view of global warming, resource degradation and marine pollution, we have to conserve and sustain our oceans. He advised CSIR-NIO to play a major role through its ocean observation studies. This will help in understanding different ocean processes due to climate change.
Shri Naidu lauded NIO for providing specialized services to society in addressing ocean-related problems. He also expressed happiness that the institute helped in preparing India’s claim for an extended continental shelf.
The Vice President also attended a presentation on various aspects and applications of Oceanography. He visited laboratories and exhibition galleries at NIO. He applauded the good work being done by the Scientists and Scholars of NIO.