India: Geological Survey of India (GSI) will soon have a new state-of-the-art research vessel to carry out coastal survey.
GSI deputy director general and head, natural energy resources, NR Ramesh said that the new vessel worth INR 500 crore will have all modern gadgets to carry out research. “The vessel will have all facilities to go deep waters and conduct survey. It will find out polymetallic nodules and many other things. The work of vessel is progressing in Korea and it will arrive within six months,” Ramesh.
He said that GSI needs more geologists and it has plans to recruit 900 people in the next four years. “We will recruit 200 geologists in 2013 and additional 700 people will be absorbed in the next three years. There are more potential for geologists as many programmes are being taken up under the 12th Five Year Plan. We have 27 programmes at present and we want to double the number,” he added.
Ramesh said that in addition to National Geochemical Mapping programme of finding new mineral deposits, the GSI also focus on health carcinogenic and other health hazard elements in food and water.
He said that India will host International Geological Congress after long 56 years in 2020. “About 10,000 foreign delegates are expected to arrive from various countries across the world. Preparations have been started for the successful conduct of the convention in New Delhi,” he added.