India: At the 16th Esri India User Conference (UC) in Delhi last week, Esri India announced several new initiatives to step up its commitment to drive GIS growth in the country. The initiatives include setting up of a ‘Centre of Excellence’ to create new GIS applications and launch of ‘Start Up’ program for providing emerging businesses the tools to build mapping and location analytics capabilities into their products.
As GIS will be at the forefront in key government programs (like Digital India, AMRUT, Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat and Clean Ganga), Esri India is looking to not only offer state-of-the-art GIS solutions, the company also wants to supporting capacity building by setting up GIS training facilities across five centers in the country. Attending the UC, Esri founder and President, Jack Dangermond, said, “There is immense potential in GIS and its applications for driving the next phase of growth in India. There are several citizen centric programs running in the country which are using GIS Technology. Esri has worked very closely with many other governments across the globe and is proud to be supporting these initiatives in India as well.”
Agendra Kumar, President, Esri India, added, “It is important to showcase GIS as a technology and enable people to understand our offerings in software, services and skill building. With this year’s UC we aim at taking the use of GIS technology to a much higher level in government programs as well as in enterprises and start-ups to aid India become a digitally enabled and future-ready nation.”
The company also recognized IIT Mumbai as the winner of ‘mApp Your Way’, a GIS app development contest organized by Esri India for university level students. IIT Mumbai had created a crowd sourced route navigation and pothole monitoring application.
The event was attended by more than 1200 delegates and had over 80 sessions featuring 100 speakers including Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Former Secretary of Ministry of Earth Science, Dr. D S Meshram, President, Institute of Town Planners India (ITPI), Dr. Basantha Sreshtha, Director Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD, Dr. Vishnu Chandra, DDG & AFA, NIC, Prof. Vinod Menon, Former Member, NDMA, amongst others.
Source: Our correspondent