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India has plans to set up labs for marine biology in Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshdweep




Taking a cue from developed countries, India too has plans afoot to set up a slew of laboratories for studying marine biology in coastal States and islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshdweep, with a major one in the southern Peninsular region of the country. K. Vijay Raghvan, Secretary of Department of Biotechnology, which is under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Science & Technology, said work of setting up these laboratories will start soon.There will be laboratories studying marine biology in coastal States with a major one in the southern Peninsula, which will be based on a hub-and-spoke model. We will also set up laboratories in Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These laboratories will specifically study the marine biology. We will also coordinate with other laboratories working in this field. The US and Europe has several such research laboratories. Marine biology opens a new gamut of opportunities as it gives access to research in marine biology and its possible usage for betterment of people in the country which is endowed with an over 7,500 km-long coast line.

Incidentally, there are other laboratories under different Departments/ Ministries researching on several aspects of oceanography. For instance the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa and National Institute of Oceanography Technology, Tamil Nadu have been actively involved in several aspects of marine research. What we need to do is scale up our research in marine biology and collaborate more with other laboratories to understand marine biology Marine biology.