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India’s first-ever night sky sanctuary will be in Ladakh.

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Within the next three months, Ladakh will become home to India’s first-ever “Night Sky Sanctuary,” according to Union minister Jitendra Singh.

According to Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Earth Sciences, “India’s first-ever “Night Sky Sanctuary” to be established in Ladakh as a part of Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary and the proposed Dark Sky Reserve will be finished at Hanle in Ladakh within three months, which will boost Astrotourism in India and make it one of the world’s highest-located sites for optical, infrared, and gamm

The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), and the UT administration recently signed a tripartite MoU for the establishment of the Dark Space Reserve.

According to Jitendra Singh, all parties involved will work together to protect the night sky from artificial lighting that endangers scientific research and the stability of the sky’s natural circumstances.

The minister continued, “It should be highlighted that Hanle is most suited for the project as it is located in the frigid desert region of Ladakh, distant from any type of human disturbance, and there are year-round clear sky conditions and dry weather conditions.

In order to address projects involving the leather centre, Leh Berry, Education Fair, and CSIR-supported programmes, Singh was visited by R.K. Mathur, the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh.

The Department of Science and Technology will set up a distinctive and sizable pavilion for the Ladakh Education Fair starting in 2019, which Jitendra Singh informed LG, Ladakh will be an annual event as announced by Mathur. The Minister stated that DST will actively take part in the proper subject selection, scholarships, career counselling, skills development, and apprenticeship with the primary focus on the youth’s employability.

The minister added that by the end of the year, a high-level delegation of scientists and administrators from the Central Leather Research Institute in Chennai will travel to Ladakh to investigate the possibility of establishing a regional branch of CLRI given that the UT has a very rich and varied population of animals suitable for leather research and industry, as well as to promote the bio-economy of products made from animal skin.

Jitendra Singh also expressed his gratitude to the Ladakh administration for their decision to launch the commercial plantation of the “Leh Berry,” which is becoming more and more well-known throughout the entire area.

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