India to Take Leading Role in Climate Studies: Minister of Earth Sciences

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India Meteorological Department

India is set to play a leading role in weather forecasting and climate studies, according to Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Shri Kiren Rijiju.

“The Department of Earth Sciences has already formulated a short-term plan, and is now in the process of developing a plan for the Amritkaal to achieve self-reliance in India by 2047,” he stated.

Shri Rijiju made these remarks while addressing an audience at the unveiling of the logo commemorating the 150 years of service of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to the nation.

He also mentioned that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was recently invited to speak at the World Climate Action Summit, COP28, in Dubai, highlighting India’s leadership role in Climate Change mitigation on the global stage.

“PM Modi has introduced the concept of making ‘Lifestyle for Environment’ (LiFE) a global mission, and has taken bold steps within the global clean energy community,” he added.

Shri Rijiju emphasized that India has already achieved its two targets for 2030 ahead of schedule, as per the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

He called for increased participation from the private sector to address India’s need for more Doppler radars for precise localized weather forecasting, and urged them to contribute to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Shri Rijiju also called for the involvement of school children in raising awareness about Climate Change issues during the year-long celebrations planned by IMD.

Dr. M Ravichandran, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, stressed the need to enhance awareness and outreach programs, as well as the capabilities to communicate weather and climate services to the public and stakeholders.

Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, DG, IMD, discussed the evolution of the IMD logo since its establishment in 1875, and the significance of reaching this milestone in the department’s history.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) was established in 1875 as one of the first scientific departments of the Government of India. As it celebrates 150 years of service to the nation, it is embarking on a new era with year-long celebrations from January 15, 2024, to January 15, 2025.

The IMD logo symbolizes the remarkable journey of the department since 1875:

  • It signifies 150 years of dedicated service to the nation by IMD.
  • It indicates the continuous progress of the department in providing weather and climate support for a weather-ready and climate-smart nation.
  • It highlights the role of IMD in global welfare in the spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”.
  • The logo is a testimony to the transition from a dependent India to a self-reliant India (Atmanirbhar Bharat).
  • It illustrates the continuity of Indian meteorology from the ancient era to the modern era, with “Aadityaat Jaayete Vrishti” embedded in the logo.
  • The logo’s resemblance to the national tricolor theme ensures the alignment of IMD’s services with the national vision and mission.
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