CSIR-NGRI, a premier institute for research in multidisciplinary areas of Earth Sciences, celebrated its 55th birth anniversary by organizing various events. These celebrations were marked by a very vibrant Open Day where the institute researchers demonstrated their research capabilities and achievements through simple exhibits, posters, static and dynamic models, short films and oral presentations in the fields of exploration of water, mineral and energy resources, earthquake/tsunami hazards, interior structure and dynamics of the earth. More than 4000 students belonging to about 120 schools, colleges, universities and other institutions were among the general public members who thronged the scenic green campus of CSIR-NGRI and enjoyed well laid out array of exhibits which elucidated the search for hidden treasures of the Earth and the intricacies of interactive physical and chemical systems, which sustain life.
The day long celebrations were culminated by the CSIR-NGRI Foundation Lecture – 2016 on the very timely topic of “Science and Technology for Transformation of India: Challenges for Earth Science Team” delivered by Padma Bhushan Dr. V. K. Saraswat, member, NITI Aayog, Govt. of India.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. V. M. Tiwari, Director CSIR-NGRI said that now we stand at the dawn of a new age of transformation, a transformation towards inspired basic research, a transformation towards translational research, a transformation from lab towards land, and a transformation for investigators driven science to science for mission. In coming years, CSIR-NGRI will work on scientific problems related to water, energy and geological hazard, which are vital for nation’s development through fundamental and interdisciplinary earth science research.
Dr. Saraswat, Chief Guest of the occasion, commended the work of CSIR-NGRI scientists for their research work on groundwater, energy, minerals and seismic hazards which are of direct societal importance. However, repeatedly stressed upon the new challenges of sustainable development in the new phase of transformative changes in the country where science and technology has to deliver for the common man. He emphasized that end result of science has to deliver predictive models with quantifiable uncertainties, which can be useful for public decision making. The adverse impacts left behind by short sighted use of technology, which at present pervades the society, have to be mitigated by generation and use of new science and technology replacing the old approaches. He highlighted aspects of Gas Hydrates, Shale gas, Carbon Sequestration, Blue Economy of the Oceans, which should be prioritized for earth science research with definitive deliverables to the country’s socio-economic growth.