Panaji, Dec 5 (UNI) The 27th Indian Scientific expedition to Antarctica was launched today by Dr P S Goel, Secretary Earth Sciences, at NCAOR, Vasco Da Gama in South Goa.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Goel, who was chief guest, thrust upon larger coordination in research activities and long term planning in the icy continent of Antarctica.
''We wish to create a cluster of scientists undertaking research in different spheres of science'', he said.
The work on necessary infrastructural set up at the third Indian station in Larsemen Hills area is likely to be undertaken next year, he added.
The Expedition will be led by Mr Arun Chaturvedi, a senior scientist from Geological Survey of India, who holds an unique record of having been the leader of two earlier expeditions.
Mr Chaturvedi said the contingent of 61 persons will be joining the expedition. 26 of them have already reached the destination for preparation of the logistic tasks. Altogether 22 institutions including three universities are participating this time.
Thirty three scientific programmes will be undertaken in two seperate areas this time. Installation of a Earth Station at Maitri will be the prominent among them. A vast library is also to be set up at the Indian Station this time, Mr Chuturvedi added.