Pune: The Indian Ocean is critical to the world’s future. Around 40 per cent of the population resides at the littoral states. Two-thirds of the world’s oil shipments and one-third of the bulk cargo cross the Indian ocean, said Subhash Bhamre, Union Minister of State (Defence Production) during the one-day seminar on underwater domain awareness (UDA) framework for effective security and growth for all the region (SAGAR) at Environment Department of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on Saturday.
The seminar was organised in association with Maritime Research Centre, Pune and Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). The event was attended by Nitin Karmalkar, Vice Chancellor of SPPU, Arnab Das, Director of Maritime Research Centre, Praful Talera, MRC Advisor, Rajan Vir, President of Indian Maritime Foundation Cmde (Rtd), Director of Inter-University Centre of Astrophysics and Astronomy (IUCAA) Samak Raychaudhary, Head of Environment Department, Suresh Gosavi and others.
Bhamare said while considering the country’s coastal area, different sectors related have to be considered. For this all stake holders in maritime sector have to come together to optimise their efforts.
He said, “SAGAR vision i.e Security and growth for all in the region and Maritime capability is certainly the priority of the government. It acknowledges the security concerns that we face in the region, recognises the tremendous economic potential and attempts to revive the rich maritime heritage we shared and rekindle the sense of pride in our rich culture and traditions. The government has initiated multiple projects to build maritime infrastructure. UDA is aligned with the concept of SAGAR. The participation of all stake holders in such a seminar will help take it to the next level.”
Das said UDA is a framework that addresses aspects of Safe, Secure and Sustainable Growth in the maritime region particularly for the Indian Ocean Region.
Karmalkar said the university desires to establish an UDA centre on campus. He stated that a consortium of three universities namely SPPU, Mumbai University and Goa University have been proposed which is likely to be established at Goa.