M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, has said that the Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE) in the city will scale up its activities in the coming months. The new research and office complex of the centre at Puthuvype will become operational next March.
It would be equipped with more lab facilities and employ more researchers, he said.
The centre is currently functioning from the office complex of Central government departments at Kakkanad.
Mr. Rajeevan listed out the expansion plans after inaugurating the curtain raiser seminar at the India International Science Festival here on Wednesday.
The Rs. 126-crore centre will lead the national marine resources programme. The new complex is coming up on a 10-acre holding, said centre director M. Sudhakar.
The curtain raiser event witnessed around 400 students from city colleges and universities participating in the deliberations.
The theme of the Kochi event was climate change and sustainability of ocean resources.
A. Ramachandran, Vice Chancellor of the Kerala University for Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS); Miranda of Vijnana Bharati; S.T. Balasubramaniam, former dean, Centre for Advanced Studies in Marine Biology; Chidambaram, Y. S. Yadava, director, Bay Of Bengal Programme; G.V. M. Gupta, scientist of CMLRE; V. N. Sanjeevan, Professor Chair, Centre of Excellence in for Aquatic Resource Management and Conservation, KUFOS; K. Kathiresan, former director, Centre of Advanced Studies in Marine Biology, Annamalai University; N. Ramiah, former chief scientist, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa; A.C. Anil, chief scientist, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa; and P. V. Joseph, former director, India Meteorological Department, Pune, attended.