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Indian scientist re-elected to UN commission on oceans

June 07, 2012 09:53 IST

Dr S Rajan, India's candidate to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, was re-elected on Wednesday to the Commission for a five-year term from 2012-17 in a meeting of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
In the first round, Rajan obtained 112 of the 161 valid votes cast. The election was keenly contested in the Asia-Pacific group with eight candidates in the fray for five seats.

An eminent scientist, Rajan is presently working with the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, a premier organisation situated at Goa.

He has been a member of the Commission since June 2007. He brings with him extensive expertise in matters related to marine geophysical surveys and related issues and has been deeply involved in the implementation of the programme on Delineation of Outer Limits of Continental Shelf. 

Rajan has also taken keen interest in developing national and international collaborative programmes, including in Polar Sciences and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.

Rajan has to his credit several technical and professional papers, which have been published in various journals relating to Marine Geology, Geophysics, Geo-dynamics, Geo-magnetics, Oceanography, and Hydrography.

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