The Department of Ocean Development was created in July,1981 as a
part of the Cabinet Secretariat directly under the charge of the
Prime Minister. From March, 1982 it became a separate Department.
Department of Ocean Development has been functioning as a nodal
Department for organising, coordinating and promoting ocean
development activities in the country, in line with the Ocean
Policy Statement of 1982.The programmes pursued by the Department
over the years have also kept pace with developments world over
and addressed national needs and issues.
The thrust areas are:
Development of technology relating to (a) Seabed mining
(b) Extractive metallurgy specific to polymetallic nodules
(c) Ocean Energy:Wave and thermal (d)coastal and environmental
engineering and (e) Marine Instrumentation.
Front ranking research in polar sciences.
Exploration of marine resources and their correlation with
oceanographic parameters leading to exploitation parameters
Integrated coastal and marine area management and coastal
Human Resource Development, Creation of Centres of
Excellance to facilitate optimum utilisation of ocean and its resources.
Observing, understanding and modelling Ocean processes
The programme contents are designed in a manner,as will lead to a
sustainable and environment friendly exploitation of marine
resources for the socio-economic benefit of the community.
Programme oriented approach is taken with the organisation of
activities as Scientific Research & Technology, Development &
Management and Coordination.
Following describe the Departmental activities and projects
implemented during 1997-98: