Socio-economic Study of the Coastal People

Socio-economic Study of the Coastal People of West Bengal (1990-1991)

It is common knowledge that people living in the coastal areas of Bengal have been largely sidelined from the high road of development. What was lacking, however, was a scientific study based on primary data that could substantiate this belief and provide an index for the rectification of the existing situation.

Sea Explorers’ Institute initiated such a study to explore this field. The Socio-economic Study of the Coastal People of West Bengal, a project awarded by the Department of Ocean Development, Government of India, covered four villages. It revealed that not only did a yawning gap exist between coastal and upland regions, but also that a micro-level planning at the village level was needed for forging any consequential change in the economic condition of the region.

Geochemical Studies of the Hooghly Estuary

Geochemical Studies of the Hooghly Estuary up to Lower Long Stand (1988-91)

Like many of the largest metros of the world – London, New York, Shanghai and Tokyo – Calcutta too has developed on the peripheries of estuarine environment.

The City of Joy supports a wide spectrum of industries along with a teeming human population, the entire range of which largely uses the Hooghly estuary as a waste disposal ‘sink’.

Hence, this study of the geochemical characteristics of the Hooghly estuary was a valuable contribution to the existing volume of ecological research and environmental analysis. The project was sanctioned by the Department of Ocean Development, Government of India, and undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Department of Geology, Calcutta University, Port Trust Authority, Calcutta and the Indian Navy.

National Demand of Marine Instrumentation and Possible Scope of Indianisation

Survey of Present State of Art and Projection of National Demand of Marine Instrumentation and Possible Scope of Indianisation (1988-1989)

This project was awarded by the Department of Ocean Development, Government of India.

Its main objectives were to:

  • Identify indigenous and imported marine instruments in use;
  • Identify marine instruments that could be manufactured indigenously;
  • Study the market of products and project the needs of the country for the next 20 years;
  • Compile a data bank of the existing state, potential and national demand for marine instrumentation;
  • Organize awareness programmes through short-term courses, seminars and workshops and
  • Identify academic institutions, research laboratories and industries having the expertise or infrastructure to take up developmental and research work in this area.