National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research

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National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research
Abbreviation NCAOR
Formation 25 May 1998; 18 years ago (1998-05-25)
Headquarters Vasco da Gama, Goa
Region served
Director In-charge
Dr. M. Ravichandran
Main organ
Governing Council
Website Official website

The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) is an Indian research and development institution, situated in Vasco, Goa. It is an autonomous Institution of the Department of Ocean Development (DOD), Government of India which is responsible for administering the Indian Antarctic Program and maintains the Indian government's Antarctic research station, Maitri. NCAOR was established on 25 May 1998, with Dr. P C Pandey[1] as its founding director.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] NCAOR is known for its participation in global experiments, hosting of international conferences and in the leadership of international committees concerned with Antarctic science. At present, NCAOR is an agency working under Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India since 2006, by the notification of the President of India.

NCAOR complex is a home to a special low-temperature laboratory and is setting up a National Antarctic Data Centre and a Polar Museum.

The NCAOR operates in different fields or tasks:

This centre was previously referred to as Antarctic Study Centre. It came in existence with joining of Dr. Prem Chand Pandey as director on 12 May 1997.[11]


  1. ^ "Professor Prem Chand Pandey's profile at NCAOR web page as founding Director/1st former Director". Professor Prem Chand Pandey's profile at NCAOR web page as founding Director/1st former Director
  2. ^ 10th Foundation day of NCAOR Dr. P C Pandey stated as Founder and Former Director
  3. ^ “Dr. Prem Chand Pandey, Emeritus Profesor, Ph.D (Allahabad University), Founder Director NCAOR GOA, INDIA. Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences IIT Kharagpur Faculty Page
  4. ^ Allahabad Registered(1860)Alumni Association-Proud Past Dr. P. C. Pandey, NCAOR Founder Director
  5. ^ Antarctica team to leave on Friday. The Times of India, 12 December 2003, Prem Chand Pandey Director NCAOR at the Time.
  6. ^ Mission Antarctica. Frontline, December 04–17, 2004, Dr. P C Pandey Founder Director NCAOR
  7. ^ Sagar Kanya begins Indian Ocean expedition to study tsunami impact. The Hindu, 7 January 2005, Dr. Prem Chand Pandey Founder Director NCAOR
  8. ^ Reaching the final frontier. Frontline, 25 October–7 November 2003, Dr. Prem Chand Pandey Founding Director National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research(NCAOR)
  9. ^ Shri Kapil Sibal, Honourable Minister of State (Independent Charge), S&T and Ocean Development visited Antarctica from 2nd to 4th of February 2005, the first ever visit by an Indian Minister. Dr. Prem Chand Pandey, the then Director, National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research(NCAOR) was one of the member of the delegation as on DOD Web Page.
  10. ^ NCAOR Arctic Research
  11. ^ "came in existence with joining P C Pandey as Centre Director". (PDF) Antarctic Study Centre came in existence with Dr. Pandey

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