India sets up taskforce for geospatial tech courses

India sets up taskforce for geospatial tech courses

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New Delhi, India: Recognising the growing utility of geospatial technology in everyday life, Indian government has decided to constitute a task force under chairmanship of K Kasturirangan, PTI reports. The taskforce aims to evolve a strategy for introducing related education programmes at various levels in the country.

The 15-member team will go into various aspects of framing the programme as the expanding scope of the technology has resulted in creating demand for a large number of professionals with different skill sets, said an official in the HRD Ministry. The technology, he said, is finding increased relevance in almost every walk of life in domains like infrastructure, utilities and banking.

The task force headed by Kasturirangan, Member-Planning Commission, shall submit its report and recommendations by March 31, 2011.

The committee would prepare a national strategy for geospatial education in the country and suggest recommendations for implementation of education programmes at desired levels. It would seek to identify and assess the overall requirements of human resources in growing geospatial industry and develop and design geospatial oriented educational programmes for technical and non-technical institutions.

Besides, it would provide overall guiding framework for development and implementation of National Geospatial education strategy and advice on matters that may be relevant for the implementation of national geospatial education strategy, the official said.

UGC Chairman Sukhdeo Thorat, acting chairman of AICTE S.S. Mantha, director of IIT Kanpur Sanjay Govind Dhande, director of IIIT Bangalore S.Sadagopan, Director of Indian Institute of Survey and Mapping Mah. Gen.B.Nagrajan are among the members of the committee. Joint Secretary in the Department of Higher Education Amit Khare would be the member secretary of the committee.

Source: MSN