Amitabha Pande, Joint Secretary, Department of Science and Technology is the person, who created waves in the Indian GIS scenario last year, Amitabha is known for his dynamism, quick-decision making skills and persistence. One of the hard-core NSDI champions, Amitabha is now looking at projecting Indian contributions in the field of surveying and mapping internationally in a big way.
B V R Mohan Reddy is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Infotech Enterprises Ltd. – A GIS / CAD company which is making a mark globally. Infotech has been acquiring major clients in Germany, UK and USA over the last few years. In 2001, Pratt and Whiyney, a division of the US-based major conglomerate United Technologies Corporation acquired significant equity of 18.4 per cent in InfoTech. Reddy was also successful in signing a contract with Triathlon Ltd. of Canada to provide photogrammetry services. Infotech Europe also bought London-based Mapcentric, Europe’s leading independent GIS distributor.
ISRO is leading the ad-hoc Working Group on Education at Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS). India is represented here by Mukund Rao, Dy Director, Earth Observation Systems, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Dr Nitin Kumar Tripathi, ex-faculty of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and now a faculty at AIT Bangkok, became the founder editor-in- chief of the journal Asian Journal of Geoinformtics, brough out by ARSRIN, AARS. Besides this, R K Gupta of National Remote Sensing Agency continued to serve on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Remote Sensing.
Dr Rangnath Navalgund, Director, National Remote Sensing Agency, is chairing ISPRS Technical Commission VII on Resource and Environmental Monitoring. Besides this Dr. P. S. Roy, Dean Indian Institute of Remote Sensing and Sanjay Kumar, Director, Centre for Spatial Database Management and Solutions (CSDMS) are chairing two working groups in ISPRS this term.