New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved the continuation of the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ umbrella program ‘Ocean Services, Modelling, Applications, Resources and Technology (O-SMART)’ for implementation from 2021 to 2026. Gave it 2,177 crore costing Rs.
Ocean Technology, Ocean Modeling and Advisory Services (OMAS), Ocean Observation Network (OON), Ocean Non-living Resources, Marine Living Resources and Ecology (MLRE), Coastal Research, and Operation and Maintenance of Research Vessels are the seven sub-schemes. who make plans.
National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai, Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, National Center for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa, Center for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), Kochi , and the National Center for Coastal Research (NCCR), Chennai, as well as other national institutions are implementing these sub-schemes.
OSMART is a multidisciplinary ongoing project, and the ongoing extensive research and technology development activities will contribute to the nation’s capacity building in the oceanographic sector on a global scale. As per the cabinet announcement, the ministry’s fleet of oceanographic and coastal research ships provides necessary scientific support for the scheme.