Dehra Dun, India: Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA) recently held the 30th INCA International Congress at Hathibarkala Estate, Survey of India, Dehra Dun, India.
Congress was inaugurated by Padma Shri Dr. T. Ramasami, the eminent scientist and Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. Swarna Subba Rao, Surveyor General of India, Maj Gen Manoj Tayal, Addl. Surveyor General (DST) & President INCA and Prof. William Cartwright from RMIT University, Australia & President, International Cartographic Association were also present at the event.
The event is held every year by the INCA to foster cartographic research in the country; cooperate with organisations and promote academic interaction; improve the teaching of cartography at all levels and to foster cooperation between the government and institutions associated with cartography.
This year, the central theme of the INCA International Congress was “Cartography for Sustainable Environment”.
Around 300 delegates from various organisations participated in the Congress in which about 70 technical papers were presented by scientists representing various organisations.
An exhibition showcasing the technological developments was also held at the event. Prizes were distributed by the Chief guest Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, MoES, Govt of India to the winners of Map Quiz-2010 conducted by the INCA on all India basis. Prizes for the best and second best stall were given to the stalls of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India and M/s Rolta India respectively.
To commemorate Raja Todar Mal’s contribution in the field of cartography during Mughal regime, a special lecture was delivered by Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, MoES, Govt. of India. The lecture enlightened the delegates about Sea surface studies, monsoon and recent developments in Tsunami Warning Systems.
Another special lecture was delivered by Dr. Prithvish Nag, Director, NATMO to commemorate Prof. S.P Chatterjee’s contributions in the field of cartography.
This year the life time achievement award was given to Brigadier (Retd.) Dhal for his valuable contributions in the field of cartography. B. Gopala Krishna, Group Director, SPDCG/SIPA, Space Application Centre (ISRO), Ahmedabad has been given INCA award for the year 2010. Mahesh Pal, Deptt of Civil Engg., NIT, Kurukshetra and Susmita Sen Majumder, Department of Civil Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata have been awarded for the best and second best paper presentation during the congress.