28-31 January, 2003, New Delhi
This year’s Map India has proved beyond doubts that people from India and abroad have come to realize the need of GIS technologies in their day-to-day life. The four-day event of Map India 2003, the 6th Annual International Conference and Exhibition in the field of Geographic Information Technologies like GIS, GPS, Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing was held at Hotel Grand Intercontinental, New Delhi during January 28 – 31, 2003. Active participation of more than 1200 delegates from India and overseas in the conference and presentation of around 100 technical papers were the height points of the event. There were four seminars devoted to Water Resources, Municipal GIS, Transportation Planning and Management and NSDI. Apart from these 17 technical sessions, 1 poster session and 4 technology shows were the other highlights of the event.
Map India 2003 was jointly organized by GIS Development, CSDMS, Survey of India and the National Consortium on Remote Sensing in Transportation (NCRST) of USA. The event received a big support from government institutions and industry. Bentley, Hewlett Packard, Leica and Rolta were the gold sponsors. GITA; Indian Space Research Organization; Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; ITC, Netherlands; Department of Land Resources, Government of India; DVP Technologies, India; Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok and National Highway Authority of India were the co-sponsors.
Map India 2003 began on January 28 with an inaugural speech by Dr M L Sanjeeva Reddy, Director, IIPA. He highlighted the role of GIS in Disaster Management and e-governance. Ravi Gupta, Director CSDMS, traced the background of the conference, the relevance and evolution of Map India over the last few years.
He recalled the phenomenal growth recorded by it in such a short time. He termed this event as a platform for networking and knowledge sharing. Dr M P Narayanan, President of CSDMS, highlighted the role of the conference and its impact on the spatial community. He also discussed ways and means of taking GIS to common man. The speeches were followed by a small but impressive citation ceremony for the presentation of four awards.