Union Minister to inaugurate ACOSTI

Port Blair
14 Sep 2018

The Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan will dedicate the “Atal Centre for Ocean Science and Technology for Islands” (ACOSTI) to the nation tomorrow during an inaugural ceremony at Dollygunj, Port Blair. ACOSTI is a field centre of the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India. The inauguration programme will be presided over by the Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Admiral D. K. Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.). Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament A&N Islands, Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Mr Chetan B. Sanghi, Chief Secretary A&N Administration, Dr. Vipin Chandra, Joint Secretary (Administration) Ministry of Earth Sciences and Dr. M.A. Atmanand, Director NIOT will also participate in the inauguration ceremony.
The Union Minister of will be arriving here tomorrow (Sept. 15) on a day’s visit to the Islands. Soon after arrival, the Minister will visit National Memorial Cellular Jail and lay a wreath at the Martyr’s Column. Thereafter, the Minister will inaugurate ‘Swachhata hi Sewa’ campaign, organized in the Islands by the Port Blair Municipal Council, at Gandhi Statue premises, Aberdeen Bazaar at 10.45 am. The Minister will administer the ‘Swachhata hi Sewa’ pledge to the gathering and flag off the campaign. He will also participate in the ‘Swachhata Abhiyan’ to be carried out at Rathnam Market. The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) will also be present on this occasion. Later, the Minister will inaugurate the Atal Centre for Ocean Science and Technology for Islands (ACOSTI) at a function to be held at Dollygunj tomorrow at 11.30 am. The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) will preside over the function. The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI, Dr. M. Rajeevan, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr Chetan B. Sanghi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI, Dr. Vipin Chandra and Director, NIOT, Dr. M.A Atmanand will also be present on the (PIB, Port Blair)