International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) at INCOIS offering state of the art training in operational oceanography | POGO

International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) at INCOIS offering state of the art training in operational oceanography

International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), was initiated after signing an agreement with UNESCO to build manpower capacity in marine, coastal sustainability and response to marine natural hazards, particularly for the countries in the Indian Ocean rim and islands region as well as Africa.

 

Operational since July, 2013, the centre is currently functional with facilities available at Indian Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad. So far, over 798 scientists including 674 from India and 124 from 36 other countries have been trained at this centre in various aspects of operational oceanography. A wide range of training programs are envisaged by ITCOocean covering different areas of ocean science and services like Remote Sensing and GIS, Data Services, Fisheries, Ocean State Forecasting including natural oceanic disasters such as Tsunami and storm surges. 

 

A state-of-the-art e-class room facility with capacity of 48 participants has been established at INCOIS, Hyderabad.  The e-class room provides high quality Local training, immersive Tele-presence, Distance learning and Distance Teaching experience. Up to 9 similar class rooms can be connected simultaneously in High Definition mode. Up to 50 class room users or Desktop / Smart phones / IPAD users can be joined to the ongoing training sessions of class room through Real Presence Desktop (RPD) software ( available in Windows & Mac) and Real Presence Mobile (RPM) App (available in Android & IOS). At present, dedicated infrastructure facilities like Administrative building, Class rooms and training hostels are being established and would be available by December 2018. ITCOocean centre is upgraded as category-2 centre of UNESCO with a formal approval obtained during the 29th Assembly of IOC, UNESCO, Paris on 27th June 2017. The proposal also was approved by the 39th Session of UNESCO General Conference held on 7th November 2017.  Following this, the Union Cabinet, Government of India approved the establishment of International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography, as a Category-2 Centre (C2C) of UNESCO, in Hyderabad on 15th  December 2017.

 

Various courses and programs conceived under the ITCOocean will target the following category of people across the globe: (i) University students who would like to pursue their career in (operational) oceanography. Priority will be given to students mainly from Indian Ocean rim countries; (ii) Staff of operational oceanographic centers and related facilities; (iii) Staff of government departments involved with oceanographic services and marine activities; (iv) Decision makers who need familiarization with oceanographic data and data services; (v) People involved in ocean state forecasting, hazard related warnings, and coastal planners; (vi) Staff of other operational oceanographic centers; and (vii) Who ever need familiarization with operational oceanographic products. The ITCOocean will initially focus on offering short term courses spanning from 1 to 4 weeks. A “certificate of participation” will be issued jointly by INCOIS and UNESCO/IOC to participants who have completed the course, meant for staff of operational oceanographic centres. In addition to the courses jointly planned and conducted with UNESCO/IOC,  INCOIS shall also conduct short term courses either its own or in collaboration with the relevant organizations that promote capacity building and education in ocean sciences.

 

More information about ITCOocean can be obtained from the link: http://www.incois.gov.in/ITCOocean/index.jsp

 

This article was provided by Dr TVS Udaya Bhaskar and Dr SSC Shenoi, INCOIS, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India.

 

Architect’s Plan of Technical & Hostel Blocks in the ITCOocean campus. Image credit: INCOIS

Architect’s Plan of Technical & Hostel Blocks in the ITCOocean campus. Image credit: INCOIS.

 

 

A View of the e-Class room of ITCOocean. Image credit: INCOIS.

A View of the e-Class room of ITCOocean. Image credit: INCOIS.

 

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