Kochi, July 12: Scientists and researchers have to work towards a people-centric science, said Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan emphasised the need for scientific social responsibility on the lines of corporate social responsibility.
Addressing inauguration function of the world’s first and unique 205MHz Stratosphere-Troposphere wind profiler radar, Minister dedicated the Nation with the Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research (ACARR) at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). The Radar is capable of providing wind profiles from 315m-20km.
Dr Harsh Vardhan stated, “This radar has been designed and developed indigenously under ‘Make in India’ initiative ranking our nation at par with other developed countries”.
Minister further informed that the unique location of the radar at Cochin is nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats is best suited for the study of monsoon dynamics, Science and Technology. “With a total cost of around 25 Crores, this is the highest project amount funded by Ministry of Science and Technology to any state-funded University”, he added.
Using this radar a prediction on heavy rainfall events, occurrence and evolution of thunderstorms, turbulence studies can be accurately done. The radar has been designed to operate round the clock for another 20-25 years and shall be contributing towards studies on climate change, noted Dr Harsh Vardhan.