India: Developing countries across the globe are showing keen interest in geospatial technologies. They have started making serious efforts to improve the geospatial infrastructure. In a similar development, India too seems all set to improve the geospatial education scenario. The Indian Planning Commission has presented the report of the ‘National Task Force on Geospatial Education’ to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Dr MM Pallam Raju last week.
This is the first time such a concerted and elaborate effort has been made at the national level on geospatial education in India. It has been acknowledged by Dr Pallam Raju that this ‘Report will lay strong foundation for geospatial education in India’. The report suggests a four-pronged strategy to further geospatial education in India. It includes School Geospatial Education Project (SGEP) led by the Department of School Education, MHRD; Geospatial University Networking Project (GUNP) led by the Department of Higher education, MHRD; Geospatial Training and Outreach Project (GTOP) led by Department of Science & Technology (DST); and National Institute of Geospatial Knowledge, Engineering and Management (NGKEM) led by MHRD and DST. A high-level management council is also recommended for guiding and supervising the implementation of recommendations.
Geospatial Media has been involved in this effort right from the constitution of the Task Force in 2010, and has contributed significantly to the sub-committees on Indian Institute of Geospatial Technology and Geospatial Education at School Level respectively. The report was presented by Dr K Kasturirangan, Member Planning Commission who headed the National Task Force.