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Indian scientist elected to UN entity on ocean affairs

PTI 13 Jun 2014, 11:00:47 IST
United Nations: Indian scientist Rasik Ravindra has been unanimously elected as member of the UN's body focused on oceans and law of the sea.

Ravindra, India's candidate for member of the Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS), was elected during the 24th Meeting of States Parties of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea here yesterday.

He secured support of all the 111 members present and voting. His term in the CLCS will be till June 15, 2017.

The election, in which there were seven contenders, was to fill the vacancy in the CLCS following the resignation of Indian scientist Rajan Sivaramakrishnan in February this year.

Ravindra is one of India's highly qualified scientists and has extensive experience in different spheres of geoscience. He has served as Director of National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) from 2006-2012 and has been a professional geologist with the Geological Survey of India from 1971 to 2005.

He has extensive experience spanning over four decades in different spheres of geoscience including geological investigations in the terrains of Antarctica, Bhutan and India.

As NCAOR's director, he had been responsible for conducting the marine geophysical surveys and analyzing the results for establishing the outer limits of the continental shelf of India.

He also spearheaded the climate change research in the polar regions of Arctic and Antarctic.