What: Inaugurated world’s highest Research Centre
When: 3 October 2015
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on 3 October 2015 inaugurated an Extreme Altitude Research Centre at Chang La, Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir at 17600 feet above mean sea level. It is the world’s highest terrestrial research and development centre.
It is situated 75 km off Leh town towards Pangong Lake.
The centre has been established by the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh, a constituent establishment of DRDO.
The centre will serve as a natural cold storage for preserving rare and endangered medicinal plants for generations.
The centre will be highly useful for Research & Development work in anterior areas of food and agriculture and bio-medical sciences for safety of the soldiers deployed in high-altitude cold desert.
Besides, many life sciences activities are planned to be undertaken at the centre including human physiological work, long term conservation of plant genetic resources, designing, testing, validation and demonstration of mobile greenhouses, soil-less micro-farming technologies for fresh food in far-flung landlocked posts.
About Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR)
Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), formerly known as Field Research Laboratory, is one of the laboratories of DRDO. It was established in 1962. The lab is the brainchild of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru.
DIHAR is situated in Leh at an altitude of 3500 meter above mean sea level. The lab specialises in cold arid agro-animal technology in the world.