63rd Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) Meeting Convened In Bhopal

63rd meeting of the Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Shri VL Kantha Rao, Secretary, Ministry of Mines was presiding. Notable participants included Shri Sanjay Lohia, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Shri Janardan Prasad, Director General. Geological Survey of India (GSI).

Discussion on Annual Program 2024-25

The proposed annual program for the upcoming field season year 2024-25 was presented for discussion. Geological Survey of India (GSI) outlines about 1055 scientific programmes, including:

  • 392 Mineral Development Projects
  • 133 projects with mineral bias or mineral exploration projects
  • 188 projects focusing on strategic and critical and fertilizer minerals
  • 111 Projects under Natural Hazard Study/Public Good Geology

Collaborative Efforts and Partnerships

Collaboration with universities, agencies and sponsorship from various authorities IIT, NGRI, DRDO, NRSC-ISRO, And others were emphasized. Exploration projects through NMET funding were solicited for implementation by State Governments.

National Geology Data Repository (NGDR) Portal

The two-hour session was dedicated to informing stakeholders about ngdr portal, Designed to host pre-competitive baseline geological and mineral exploration data. The portal uses cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) For advanced mineral exploration.

Exhibition on “Mining and Beyond”

An exhibition based on a theme “Mining and Beyond” It was inaugurated showcasing the achievements and best practices of entities like GSI, PSUs, major mining companies, private exploration agencies, startups and Government of Madhya Pradesh. Notable participants included PSUs like MOIL, HCL, NALCO, MECL and mining companies like Hindalco, BALCO and Tata Steel.

Reconstitution of CGPB Committee

CGPB committee was Reorganized into 12 theme-based groups, which aims to facilitate broader participation and interaction with GSI. The objective of this restructuring is to enhance coordination between central and state-level stakeholders and to encourage the functioning of the State Geological Programming Board (SGPB).

About Geological Survey of India

Geological Survey of India (GSI)year of establishment 1851, Geoscience has developed into a repository of information and a geoscientific organization of international repute. Its functions include creating and updating national geological information, mineral resource assessment, ground surveys, aerial and marine surveys and multidisciplinary geological studies.

Important questions related to exam

1. Who chaired the 63rd Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) meeting?

2. Which ministry oversees CGPB meetings?

3. Which technology is used for advanced mineral exploration in NGDR portal?

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