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India needs more experts to monitor glaciers

                                                                                                  Deccan Herald, New Delhi, 3rd April, 2013

New Delhi There has been scientific studies on the impact of climate change on Himalayan glaciers, but India has very few glaciologists and needs more expertise in the area, experts said on Tuesday.

At the Indo-Swiss capacity building programme on Himalayan Glaciology, T Ramasamy, secretary, department  of science  and technology, emphasized  on the need to build human capacities for monitoring glaciers in the Himalayas.

"We have very few glaciologists and there is need to have more experts to monitor Himalayan glaciers," he said.

 Calling for international collaboration to study impact of climate change on the Himalayas, Ramasamy said, "Climate Change happens some-where, but you can see its impact everywhere and global collaboration is not a virtue but a must." India and Switzerland is conducting a capacity building programme in Himalayan glaciology for 30 PhD students and researchers working in glaciology in the country.

Aiming to provide a comprehensive coverage of basics in the field of glaciology, the training programme is being held at Jawaharlal Nehru University here from April to 26.

Switzerland is the first country with which India has collaborated for institutional and human capacity building programme on glaciology.

"We are pleased  to be the  first country with whom India has jointly developed this collaboration. This programme provides an opportunity for strengthening capacities of Indian researchers and institutions involved  in research of climate change and glaciology,"  said Swiss ambassador to India Linus von Castelmur.