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The Madras Chamber has joined hands with Waterfalls Institute of Technology Transfer (WITT) and Anna University to organize  a Seminar on “Ocean Wealth-  Potential and Opportunities for Sustainable Blue Economy” on 10th August 2018 at Delta Auditorium, Anna University between 4.00pm and 8.00 pm followed by dinner.

The oceans have played a key role since time immemorial in enabling trade, travel and conquests across countries and in providing livelihoods to sea-faring communities and people near the shores.  Even during the 20th century, many countries approached the ocean with a view to seek employment and capture a part of the marine living resources.
However, it is only during the last few decades that we have started exploring and exploiting the wide range of wealth provided by the oceans themselves.  Climate change has also driven us to learn more about the oceans and understand & monitor it better, so that we plan better to face natural disasters.  And of course, along with the spiraling exploitation of ocean resources comes the dangers of further damaging delicate environment balances.
This seminar, perhaps the first in Chennai, aims at providing an insight to both industry and academia on the significant economic potential provided by oceans and the technologies available to explore & utilize the same, while keeping an eye on the sustainability aspects, especially in the Indian context and being in Tamil Nadu State, which has the second largest Coastline in the Country.

Eminent speakers from would be addressing the Seminar. Dr.Harsh Gupta, Former Secretary, Dept. of Ocean Development, GoI has kindly consented to give the key note address.

Please find below the tentative schedule for your kind reference. Nominations for participation can be sent to our email id : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participation is against confirmation from Chamber only.




3.30 pm to 4.00 pm

Fellowship with Tea / Coffee


4.00 pm to

4.10 pm

Welcome Address



Inaugural Session


4.10 pm to

4.20 pm

Chief Guest Address


Vice Chairman, Anna University

4.20 pm to

4.45 pm

Keynote Address

Dr.Harsh Gupta

Former Secretary

Dept. of Ocean Development, GoI


Main lectures


4.45 pm to 7.20 pm

Ocean Wealth Potential in India





Technology in Blue Economy :

Status in India



Offshore oil / Exploration : The Major Economic component of Ocean wealth today


Coastal Management : Ensuing Sustainable Blue Economy



Oceans : an Abundant Source of Desalinated Drinking Water



Offshore Energy : Potential Options, Current Developments


Initiatives in Tamil Nadu

Dr KV Swaminathan,

Founder-Chairman, WITT & former

Addl. Secretary, Min. of Science &




Director, National Institute of Ocean Technology


Dr Rajendran Regional Director ONGC Chennai. 




Prof Srinivasulu, Director

Centre for Ocean Management, Anna University


Mr.K.Syed Amir Basha

Chief Technology Officer

Wabag Tech


Prof.C.K.Subramanian, VIIT


Speaker from Tamil Nadu Maritime Board

7.25 pm to

8.10 pm

Panel Discussions


“Towards a Blue Economy – Viability, Directions & Challenges”


Mr N R Krishnan (Former Secretary, Min. of Env. & Forests, GoI)

Panel Members


Dr Harsh Gupta (former Secretary, Dept. of Ocean Development, GoI)


Dr R RameshDirector, National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management


Dr M V Ramana Murthy, Director, National Centre for Coastal Research


Prof. S A Sannasiraj, Head - Dept. Of Ocean Engg., IIT-Madras


Mr. J Krishnan, Partner, S Natesa Iyer & Co, & Member, General Committee, MCCI

8.15 pm onwards

Vote of Thanks & Networking Dinner



Location Delta Auditorium, Anna University, Chennai
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