The Union Cabinet gave its approval for Indian membership of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) consortium. The approval clears the path for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the GFZ – Helmholtz Centre Potsdam (German Research Centre for geosciences). The GFZ is a government-funded, Public Law Foundation of the State of Brandenburg, Germany.
The MoU, which will be in force for 5 years, will enable India in engaging internationally renowned experts with profound expertise in different aspects of scientific drilling. The deep drilling and associated investigations will be conducted in Koyna region in Maharashtra.
As a part of the membership agreement, India will get a seat on two ICDP panels – Executive Committee (EC) and Assembly of Governors (AOG). ICDP will provide technical / operational support, facilitate capacity building in terms of manpower training in key scientific areas, sample and data management.
So let’s do:
1. Expand the term ICDP?
2. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for Indian membership to which Drilling Program?
Source – The Hindu