World’s highest research lab set up at 17,600 ft in J&K

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Leh, Jammu & Kashmir, October 4, 2015 : The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the premier military R&D organization of the country, on Saturday inaugurated an Extreme Altitude Research Centre at Chang La in Jammu and Kashmir.

The lab is situated at 17,600 ft above mean sea level, and has become the world’s highest terrestrial R&D centre. It has been set up by DRDO’s Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh.

The centre is located in the cold desert of Ladakh, about 75 km from Leh towards Pangong Lake, where temperature goes down to – 40 degrees Celsius.

DRDO chief S Christopher inaugurated the centre which will undertake research and development of food and agriculture and bio-medical sciences for well-being of the soldiers deployed in high-altitude cold desert. The other activities at the centre will include human physiological work, long term conservation of plant genetic resources, designing, testing, validation and demonstration of mobile and portable greenhouses, soil-less micro-farming technologies for fresh food in remote landlocked posts besides conservation and propagation of endangered extreme altitude medicinal plants and others.

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