Rs. 4797 cr PRITHVI to boost atmosphere, polar, and ocean research, says Rijiju

Syllabus: GS- III

Subject: Science & Technology

Topic:  Defence Technologies.

Issue: PRITHVI Initiatives.

Context: The PRITHvi VIgyan (PRITHVI) initiative, by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), aims to boost and maintain research momentum in various fields.


  1. The PRITHVI initiative covers ongoing research in atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and biosphere until 2026.
  2. PRITHVI consolidates research efforts to efficiently allocate funds across different areas.
  3. It promotes international collaboration, allowing Indian scientists to work with global experts.
  4. It addresses the crucial need for understanding climate change impacts on the atmosphere, ocean, and polar regions.
  5. The Ministry of Earth Sciences also launched the Deep Ocean Mission in 2021 with a focus on exploring minerals in the central Indian Ocean basin.
Some of the ongoing research projects that will now fall under PRITHVI include:

1.      Atmosphere and Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems and Services (ACROSS)

2.     Ocean Services, Modelling Application, Resources, and Technology (O-SMART)

3.     Polar Science and Cryosphere Research (PACER)

4.     Seismology and Geosciences (SAGE)

5.     Research, Education, Training, and Outreach (REACHOUT)

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