The Department participated in a 16 day long Science Exhibition
(SOPAN) having the theme 'Science Since Independance'in New Delhi.
The occasion provided the children an opportunity to familiarise
themselves with the science conducted on the icy continent of
Antarctica and the high seas. The exhibition was held to
commemorate the birth annivarsary of Late Prime Minister, Pandit
The Department also displayed ocean-related technology in the
field od Ocean Energy, Deep Sea Mining, etc., by taking part in
the 'Made in India' Exhibition held at Johannesburg,South Africa
from Feb. 11-14,'98. Other important programmes of the Department
like Antarctic Programme and Ocean Observations and Information
Services were also highlighted appropriately during the event
organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
As a part of celebrations for the International Year of the Ocean
, 1998 a four month long Expo'98 is being staged at Lisbon in
Portugal from May 22 to 30 Sept.98 . The main theme of this Expo
is 'The Oceans-Our Heritage for the Future'. About 145 countries
are participating in this event and the Department is putting up
an integrated display over an area of 30 sq.m. covering major
aspects of ocean science and technology development in the
country. During 1997-98, the preparation of exhibits and models
meant for use at Lisbon Expo, 1998, Portugal was undertaken.