By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 22 Jul: Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar, Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India, received the Alexander Dalrymple Award from the British High Commissioner, Alex Ellis, at a presentation ceremony held at the High Commissioner’s residence on 22 July in New Delhi. The ‘Alexander Dalrymple Award’ has been named after the first Hydrographer of the Admiralty and was instituted in 2006.
The Admiral has been decorated with the award in recognition of his ‘unparalleled dedication, professionalism, leadership in the disciplines of Hydrography and nautical cartography’, not only as the Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India but throughout the Indian Ocean region. The Admiral’s unrelenting enthusiasm in continuing the skills and output across the Indian Ocean has increased safety, security, economic sustainability and development, and environmental protection, in the whole region.
Lt Col BM Thapa (Retd), Senior Vice President, Dehradun Ex-Services League and Sangyukt Nagrik Sangthan Dehradun, has stated that Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar is an alumnus of St Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun, and is the grandson of former Director, Research, Forest Research Institute, the late Ratan Lal Badhwar, and son of the late Brigadier Vijay Badhwar.
On the occasion the Admiral said, “Our Prime Minister’s vision of “Security and Growth for All in the Region” along with the push from United Nations for the sustainability of oceans, has been the driving force of the Hydrographic Department in extending all possible assistance, including capacity building to littoral states in the IOR. I have been fortunate in leading this Department towards these goals.”
He also thanked the UKHO for recognising this effort.’