India: In a bid to train schoolteachers of the northeastern region on geospatial tools, a two-day national level data users” seminar and GIS training was held in Guwahati.
On the first day, renowned faculty members imparted lessons to about 40 teachers from senior secondary school and junior colleges of the region. The training, funded by the Union ministry of science and technology, is underway at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship here.
“In other parts of India, GIS, GPS are of great help for the government and the private companies to study the developments taking place. I hope the teachers will disseminate their experience to children, who are the future of the country,” said MS Ganesh Prasad, professor of National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, who is training the teachers here.
He said use of GIS, GPS and remote sensing technology can track every developments taking place around the world. “Today, all natural resources are exhausting. The use of GIS, GPS and remote sensing technology is handy in keeping a constant eye on depleting natural resources,” said Prasad.
In the disaster-prone northeastern region, he said, training of teachers in GIS, GPS and remote sensing technology has become essential.
“Creating technologically sound manpower to combat disastrous situations is important in areas like the northeast. In case of floods and earthquakes, knowledge of GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies has helped in assessing the ground situation,” added Prasad.
Vijay Pathak, teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat said, “We have benefited a lot from the training programme. Educating students with the use of GIS, GPS and remote sensing technology is not yet popular in Assam. But in the coming days, this training programme will be of great help.”