28th November – 1st December 2005, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India
The 25th International Cartographic Congress of Indian National Cartographic Association was organized jointly by the Departments of General & Applied Geography and of Applied Geology, Dr. Hari Singh Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar during Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, 2005 at its new state of art auditorium, which was participated by over 200 delegates and guests from all over India and abroad.
Focused on “Bridging the Digital Divide and Taking Cartography to Grassroots Level”, the Congress discussed themes related to the genesis as well as the future ramifications of the persisting and gnawing hiatus between those organizations who have switched over the computerized, digital ways of Cartographic practice and the great mass of individuals and small-time organizations who are yet to adopt the new methodology operationally.
The Event was inaugurated by Dr. Balram Jakhar, the Governor of M.P. who expressed his hope that the deliberations of the Cartographic Congress will pave way for the fuller utilization of Spatial Information Technology that India has achieved. He also gave away Eicher Trophies to the winners of the National Map Quiz.
While the Presidential Address underscored the need of fuller Cartographic education in academia, keynote address of the INCA CO-President and Surveyor General of India, Maj. Gen. Gopal Rao (read out by Add. Surveyor General, Brig. M V Bhat) presented a succinct survey of the Cartographic scenario in the country in the wake of IT revolution and its concomitants.
The prestigious Raja Todarmal Lecture was delivered by the veteran Prof. Arunachalam, who focused on Indian moorings of new mapping endeavours of the Europeans in India in the 18th Century. Delivering the newly instituted Padma Bhushan, Prof. S P Chatterjee Memorial Lecture, Dr. P. Nag, Director, NATMO comprehensively brought to focus the contribution and personality traits of this doyen of Geography and Thematic Cartography in India.
There was an impressive list of special invited/ guest lectures to go as lead presentations at the technical sessions by eminent scholars /dignitaries in their respective fields.
In all more than hundred papers were presented in a dozen technical sessions, besides several poster presentations. Vendors’ session also featured several impressive presentations. Technical exhibition featured Rolta India, Topcon, AutoDesk, Riding Consultant Engineers, etc. from private Industry, and Survey of India, NATMO, NRSA, MP Council of Science and Technology, etc. among Govt. organizations.
The valedictory session of the Congress had the veteran Geophysist, Dr. J G Negi, Dy. D.G. of MP Council of Science and Technology, Bhopal as the Chief Guest, who underscored the urgent need for and immense scope of starting full-fledged, comprehensive Department of Modern Cartography / Geo-informatics, for which this University can be an ideal institution.
On the third day evening, a number of delegates and guests were taken on technical excursion to Marble Rocks at Behraghat on Narmada River, or to Khajuraho on the fourth day.