Open Rock Museum: Union Minister of Science & Technology Jitendra Singh inaugurated India’s first unique “Rock” Museum in Hyderabad.
The Museum was inaugurated at the CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI).
About Open Rock Museum:
There are 35 different varieties of rocks from different parts of India like Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, etc. displayed in the museum.
The age of these rocks ranges from 3.3 billion years to around 55 million years.
These rocks also represent the deepest part of the earth up to 175 km of distance from the surface of the earth.
“Big Earth Data” occupies the strategic high ground in the era of knowledge economies and India has been fully exploiting this new frontier contributing to the advancement of Earth science.
About Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR):
- CSIR was established on 26 September 1942.
- Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar was the Founder Director (and later first Director-General) of CSIR.
- It is the largest research and development (R&D) organisation in India.
- It is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology and it operates as an autonomous body through the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
- The main objective of CSIR was to bring science and technology to the country and develop research capabilities which would support industry.
About National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI):
- NGRI is a constituent research laboratory of CSIR.
- It was established in 1961.
- The main objective of NGRI is carrying research in multidisciplinary areas of highly complex structure and processes of Earth system.
- It has the mandate to conduct research for public-good science in a bid to enable government agencies, public & private sector stakeholders for making informed decisions on use of geo-resources sustainably.