GIS Current Affairs

NITI Aayog launches first course under GIAN Program on Sustainable Urban Planning

The NITI Aayog has launched first course on Sustainable Urban planning using remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) at IIT Kanpur’s outreach centre in Noida.

This is first course conducted under  Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) Program of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is actively supported by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Key Facts

The course aims to give participants state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS skills to allow them managing rapidly changing urban environment of Indian cities. Its prime focus is on issues such as water resource management, water pollution and water treatment facilities.

It is expected to contribute significantly to build trained manpower for Smart Cities that aims to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and give decent quality of life to its citizens through clean and sustainable environment and application of Smart Solutions.

The participants for this course are mainly from Government departments such as ISRO, National Mission on Clean Ganga, AP Remote Sensing Application Centre and students from different engineering colleges and universities across country.

Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN)

GIAN in Higher Education is scheme of HRD Ministry that aims to boost the quality of the country’s higher education through international collaboration. Its objective is to increase footfalls of reputed international faculty to Indian academic institutes and thereby bring in international academic excellence in India’s higher education institutions. It facilitates participation of high quality international academicians for delivering short-term courses and programs in Indian institutions.


NDDB wins special achievement in GIS Award

The Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award 2015 for exemplary work in Dairy Geographical Information System (GIS) has been awarded to the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) at the annual Esri International User Conference held in San Diego.

The NDDB was awarded for successful implementation of GIS applications in its dairy operations. NDDB has internet-based Dairy Geographical Information System (i-DGIS) application that uses to integrate data of dairy operations at the village level.

NDDB is the first to start using of GIS in India where the GIS application is used to integrate data of livestock, land use or land cover and human census at the village level.

About Esri:

Esri is based in New York, it develops geographic information systems (GIS) and offers project consulting and implementation services so as to provide knowledge to help users to deploy GIS on their own and delivery of ready-to-use enterprise systems.

It presents GIS Awards for special achievement every year to those who successfully implement geographic information system (GIS) in their projects.