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Pradeep Pattanayak

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (CSIR-IMMT), Bhubaneswar, may play a major role in exploring the precious deposits under deep blue sea water. For this, the CSIR-IMMT needs expansion for which a joint task force will soon be formed. 

Union Minister of Science and Technology Jitendra Singh on Saturday informed this after inaugurating the Common Research and Technology Development Hub (CRTDH), High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM), Polymetallic Nodules (PMN) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) facilities in the CSIR-IMMT. 

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently been emphasizing ‘Blue Economy’. The CSIR-IMMT has the potential to explore the underwater treasure trove and find ways how to use them in strengthening the economy,” Singh observed.

Director of CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar, Dr S Basu said, “We opened High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM), Polymetallic Nodules (PMN) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) facilities. More importantly, Common Research and Technology Development Hub (CRTDH) has been opened to help MSMEs.”   

The Common Research and Technology Development Hub (CRTDH), established by the joint effort of CSIR-IMMT and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Central government, will provide technological solutions to mentor entrepreneurs/startups and facilitate incubation of startups. Its main objective is to nurture and promote innovations in MSMEs and provide them knowledge-based support in the area of materials and chemical processes.
 

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