The government is planning to set up a first of its kind ocean university in India in partnership with other SAARC countries. The idea is to promote academic and research activities in oceanology and to integrate academia with existing government research institutes in the area.
Apart from this, a spatial mapping policy is also on the cards. The spatial mapping will help in digital mapping of country’s geographical spread to be used for various developmental programmes in areas such as watershed management, sewage disposal, mapping of monuments, natural disaster management, etc.
Minister for science and technology and ocean development, Kapil Sibal said the ministry is in the process of preparing a plan for an ocean university as well as a policy to promote spatial mapping. He said, research on ocean is being done by many institutions in the region. However there’s a need to coordinate all that research. The ocean university will achieve that, in addition to making India self-reliant in the area of oceanography. A similar university exists in China and it focuses on marine biology, marine chemistry, oceanography, meteorology.