The oceans cover 72% of the surface of our blue planet. However, only 5% of the ocean is explored till date. India has abundant living and non-living resources in the deep sea, which lie unexplored and un-utilised. As part of Blue economy, it is worthwhile to have an assessment of the total living and non-living resources and identify sustainable means to utilize the same for the benefit of mankind.
A major programme, targeting the exploration of deep sea resources (living and non-living) and the development of allied technologies and better understanding deep ocean science is now proposed as a National Mission. The National Mission on Deep Ocean Research envisages the active involvement and collaboration of all scientific ministries and national and several international institutions/organizations. The Ministry of Earth Sciences will lead the National Mission with partnership with other ministries/departments like DST, DBT, CSIR, ISRO, DAE, DRDO, ICAR, and MNRE. The National Mission shall have two sub-mission mode programmes on (i) Ocean sciences, and (ii) Technologies for harnessing the ocean resources.
The proposed National Mission on Deep Ocean Research will bring in more economic benefits through living and non-living resources, attract young students to challenging and exciting areas of Ocean Science and create many job and business opportunities.
The session on “Deep Ocean Research” will have invited talks from leading experts. The young scientists/engineers attending this session will interact with these experts. An exhibition on Deep Ocean Research will also be organized.