Indian Delegation Visits Hawaii

  • Led by Secretary Department of Science and Technology (DST) Professor Abhay Karandikar.
  • Visited Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA.
  • Discussed challenges in the progress of Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project and ways to overcome them.


  • It is a 30-meter diameter primary mirror optical and infrared telescope.
  • Established at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA.
  • India is a Founder-Member Partner in this project.
  • To explore the universe through optical and infrared astronomy.
  • The project was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2014.

Discussion Highlights:

  • Regarding Mauna Kea site.
  • Start of civil construction.
  • Present funding situation.
  • Progress towards in-kind deliverables.
  • Expected timelines in the present scenario.
  • Initiation for inclusion of native Hawaiians in decision-making.
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