The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the
establishment of International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography, as
a Category-2 Centre of UNESCO, in Hyderabad.
The purpose of this Agreement is to establish a training centre towards
development of capacity for the countries on the Indian Ocean Rim (IOR),
African countries bordering the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, small island
countries under the framework of UNESCO.
The operational oceanography is an activity of conducting systematic
oceanographic studies towards providing information services to various sectors
viz. fisherman, disaster management, shipping, ports, coastal states, navy,
coast guard, environment, offshore industries for conducting their day-to- day
The Centre will provide assistance in areas of capacity building and
training, knowledge sharing and exchange of information, and hence could
represent a valuable resource for UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanography
Commission (IOC) by enhancing the impact and visibility of UNESCO's action.
The establishment of UNESCO Category-2 Centre will provide an opportunity
for India to emerge as a leading country in the Indian Ocean. This will also
help India to forge cooperation and improve engagement among the counties of
the Indian Ocean, including South Asian and African states bordering the Indian
The establishment of the Centre would respond to the worldwide increasing
need to build technical and management capacity to address marine and coastal
sustainability issues and prepare the region for and react efficiently to
marine natural hazards. The Centre could contribute to achieving Sustainable
Development Goal-14 (SDG 14) related to building marine scientific research
capacity in geographical area of the Centre responsibility which will also
fulfill the commitments to support Small Island Developing States, Least
This C2C is intended to improve skill of students and other participants
which will increase the employment opportunities within and outside India. The
establishment of C2C is also expected to increase ancillary development leading
to employment generation in India. The centre is currently operational with the
state-of-the-art facilities available at Indian Centre for Ocean Information
Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad.
So far, over 681 scientists including 576 from India and 105 from 34 other
countries have been trained at this centre in various aspects of operational
oceanography. The other infrastructure facilities like building and training
hostel are being established. It is also envisaged to invite world class (acuities
and trainees from around the world and work out a curriculum for long duration
courses (of 3-9 months).