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National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR)

National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research
  1. The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) was set up as an autonomous Research and Development Institution of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (formerly Department of Ocean Development), Government of India on the 25th May 1998.
  2. With a mission mandate that is quite problematic, the Centre is designated as the apex organization for the coordination and implementation of the Indian Antarctic Programme, covering the maintenance of India’s permanent station in Antarctica.
  3. Distributed across 147,660 sq. mts sprawling area, set atop a picturesque plateau, NCPOR is situated in India’s most seafaring state of Goa.
  4. At NCPOR the scientific mandate is multidisciplinary. Working in a complex matrix, which has as its focal theme, research in those areas of the polar science presently not being undertaken by any other institution in India.
  5. In a sudden stride, not only have the basic infrastructure and computing facilities been established, but also true scientific recognition earned. The Universities of Goa and Mangalore have recognized NCPOR as a research center for the reason of doctoral research.
  6. Year-round maintenance of the two Indian stations (Maitri & Bharati) in Antarctica is the primary undertaking of the Centre. Maitri (1989) and Bharati (2011) were set up, for carrying out research by the Indian scientists in all disciplines of polar research. These stations have been given with comfortable living accommodations, state of the art laboratories and well-equipped library and communication systems.
  7. Dr. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences is the Chairman, Governing Council of NCPOR and Dr. M. Ravichandran is the Director.

Studentship and Research

NCAOR gives training/dissertation opportunity to graduate and postgraduate students for the period of three to six months (summer and winter session) in the field of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.

Students may deposit online application form for Internship at NCAOR. Please click here for online form submission.

Guidelines for Students

  • The online application form is required to submit along with their CV and recommendation letter from Head of Department of the University / College / Institution.
  • Student may indicate, in the form, if he/she wishes to work on a particular topic or with Scientist at NCAOR.
  • The shortlisted student’s name along with the guide will be uploaded on the NCAOR portal within a month of from the closing date.
  • Shortlisted student(s) should give their willingness to join NCAOR via e-mail within 15 days from the date of declaration of results to / Failing to give the confirmation, the application will be canceled and the students in the waitlist will be given the opportunity to join.
  • While joining for the internship at NCAOR, it is important to bring all original documents supporting the claims made in the application form and a copy of the supporting documents to be submitted at the Administrative Section.
  • It is necessary for each student, to submit a copy of his / her project work carried out at NCAOR in the form of project report.
  • Internship students (summer/winter session) shall not be entitled to scholarship, medical help, and accommodation facility at NCAOR.


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