India: Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) has recently agreed to collaborate with the Gujarat-based Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT) University to outsource the upgrade of its self-licencing software Xtended Licensing and Laboratory Note (XLN) with added feature of GIS mapping.
The latest initiative will allow Gujarat FDCA to boost incremental advancement in the e-governance system by embedding advanced geographical features into it.
Dr H G Koshia, commissioner Gujarat FDCA said, “From a regulators point of view it will be a huge advantage for us to have GIS mapping as it will give us better perspective of all the places within our spectrum. It will not only enable us to visually view and check the number of chemist and druggist shops or manufacturing units within a particular area but will also help the consumers in getting better idea about the chemist or druggist shops within their area.
This is the first time, added Koshia, that Gujarat FDCA is experimenting and collaborating with an educational institute for such an initiative, which usually is done through National Information Centre (NIC). Such collaboration is bound to unlock tremendous untapped potential within the nation’s academia.