Srinagar: In order to popularize the use and application of Geo-Spatial Technology amongst the Geographers, Scientists and Researchers so that the advancements in space technology may benefit the common masses a 21 days DST Sponsored Training Program on Geospatial Technologies (GST) organised by Department of Geography and Regional Development, University of Kashmir started here at KU on Tuesday.
The inaugural function of the program was held at Gandhi Bhawan on Tuesday, during which faculty members and research scholars from various universities across India including Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Bhartidasan University, Tamil Nadu, Mysore University, Karnataka, Pondicherry University, NIT, Srinagar, SKUAST Kashmir and faculty members from KU and from various colleges of the Jammu and Kashmir state were present.
On the inaugural day of the program renowned Geographers and Geospatial Technologists while interacting with the participants stressed upon the need to disseminate the knowledge, findings ,data and information amongst the various stakeholders for capacity building in Geospatial education and technologies so that benefits of this technology may trickle down at grassroot level.
Dr Y.V.N. Krishna Murthy Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Department of Space who was chief guest on the occasion while talking about the advantages of Geospatial Technology delved upon the various developments like e-learning which had been introduced recently at the national level to effectively disseminate knowledge in the field of Geospatial education.
He emphasized on the need of popularizing this technology so that the advancements in space technology benefit the common masses also.
Presiding over the inaugural session Vice Chancellor KU Prof. AM Shah stressed upon inculcating scholarly values for deriving benefits from developments in Science & Technology.
He emphasized on creating conducive and congenial environment in different departments of the University system to synergize energies and potentials in the right direction for the overall betterment of the society.
Prof S.M Rashid Ex Pro-Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia and a renowned Geographer who was Guest of honour on the occasion highlighted the importance of organizing such courses and impressed upon the participants to derive maximum benefits from this training program so that they can apply these technologies in their respective fields of interest.
He complimented the Department of Geography & Regional Development, University of Kashmir for striving hard to establish itself as a centre of excellence.
Prof. Tasawoor A. Kanth, the Convener of the Training Program in his welcome address traced the history of various milestones achieved in the field of GST and its evolution to present form where GST has become a multidimensional tool of study as far as its application in research in various field is concerned.
Dr. Pervez Ahmed, the Coordinator of the Training Program spoke about the Indian Geospatial Education and Training (IGET) initiative of NRDMS division of DST and the relevance of organizing such courses in the Universities and other academic institutions.
Prof. Ishtiaq A. Mayer, Head, Department of Geography & Regional Development presented vote of thanks on the occasion.
This training which is being conducted from September 2 to 22 is an initiative under NRDMS programme of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.