Survey of India (SOI) has launched its new website, providing information about its various activities and products. The site also gives information about the organisation and training Programmes. This is an effort to be make the organisation more open and the website more user-friendlier. An important aspect of the site are the instructions as to how to republish the SOI maps which were hitherto unknown. With a detailed instruction, rules and regulation for the user to be kept in mind while publishing the SOI maps is of utmost importance.
This site also puts light on the history of survey of India. Survey of India is as old as back to the 18th Century. Bit by bit the tapestry of Indian terrain was completed by the painstaking efforts of a distinguished line of Surveyors such as Mr. Lambton and Sir George Everest.
The National Survey and Mapping Organization of the country under the Department of Science & Technology, is the oldest scientific department of the government of India. It was set up in 1767 and has evolved rich traditions over the years. Faced with the requirement of digital topographical data, the department has created three Digital Centres during late eighties to generate Digital Topographical Data Base for the entire country for use in various planning processes and creation of Geographic Information System. Its specialised Directorates such as Geodetic and Research branch, Research & Development Directorate and Survey Training Institute have been further strengthened to meet the growing requirement of user community. The department is also assisting in many scientific programs of the Nation related to the field of Geophysics, Remote Sensing and digital data transfers Maps published by the Survey of India are available for sale with authorised Map sales agents in major cities & towns. It also tells about the restricted and unrestricted maps.
This site also gives us the information of the Survey Training Institute, which imparts survey training at technician, technologist and professional levels. The Institute runs basic, mid-career, graduate and advanced post-graduate level, management and user oriented courses in all aspects of surveying and mapping. The courses are designed to be employment oriented and their contents are revised and updated continuously to keep abreast with the technological advancements.
In its assigned role as the nation’s Principal Mapping Agency, Survey of India bears a special responsibility to ensure that the country’s domain is explored and mapped suitably provide base maps for expeditious and integrated development and ensure that all resources contribute with their full measure to the progress, prosperity and security of our country now and for generations to come.