The world’s highest terrestrial centre labelled as “Extreme Altitude Research Centre” has been inaugurated by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief S Christopher at its habitat in Chang La near Pengong Lake in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir.
- It has been established by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) in Leh, which is one the 52 laboratories of DRDO
- It is instituted at 17,600 feet above sea level and is 75 Km away from leh town.
WORKS TO BE UNDERTAKEN
This high altitude terrestrial centre will preserve rare and endangered medical plants for next generations by acting as their natural cold store.
- Research & Development work will be undertaken regarding food, agriculture and bio-medical sciences for the welfare of soldiers positioned in the cold desert.
- Life Sciences activities will be taken forward at this centre which includes long term conservation of plant genetic resources, designing, testing, validation and demonstration of mobile and portable greenhouses, soil-less micro-farming technologies in remote posts entirely surronded by land.
- Provide opportunities for testing and evaluation of batteries, fuel cells, UAV’s micro engines, electronics and communication devices for performing high altitude applications.
- Studies related to shelf life and for minimally processed fresh food.
DRDO works under the control of Department of Defence Research and Development of Ministry of Defence.
It was established in 1958
Headquarters – New Delhi
Defence Minister – Manohar Parrikar