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GIS in Curriculum: A Career imperative

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) has begun to considerably influence research techniques. The demand for learning GIS has grown exponentially in the contemporary era. As the demand from the industry rapidly increases, incorporating GIS in new disciplines to keep pace with the changes in the job market, becomes imperative. Job oriented ‘hands-on’ skills will provide a unique insight making learning in all disciplines more wholesome and scientific.

Since GIS is much required to be amalgamated in various courses and disciplines at universities and colleges – a cohesive body of experts is needed. It is because of this need that LIGHTS Research Foundation, with the support of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has organized the two-day national seminar on ‘Integrating Geospatial Technologies in Higher Curriculum’.

Today, December 7 was the first day of the national seminar which commenced at 10:00 AM and went up till 2:30 PM which is the timing for day two as well.

The seminar was graced with the presence of the chief guest, Smt. Renuka Chowdhury, Rajya Sabha MP of Congress and Chairperson, Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests, Rajya Sabha.

The inaugural session was chaired by Dr. Prithvish Nag, Vice Chancellor, MG Kashi Vidhyapeeth, Varanasi; Dr. Saraswati Raju, Professor, Centre for Study of Regional Development, JNU; Ms. Sulagna Chattopadhyay, President, LIGHTS & Editor, G’nY; and, Dr. Rajesh C Mathur, Advisor, ESRI, India Technologies Ltd.

The inauguration session was followed by the Session-1 where special talks by eminent people were given on disaster management in GIS, remote sensing for curriculum development and inclusion, a sound understanding of GIS, GIS and its importance in higher education and GIS on defence.

Both the sessions were live webcasted on the Geography and You facebook page where people around the country followed the seminar as it happened.

The last fifteen minutes of the day was dedicated to the questions we received during the seminar. These questions were then answered by expert speakers of the seminar in those fifteen minutes.

Log on to facebook.com/geographyandyoumagazine to join the seminar tomorrow where more such topics will be discussed in detail by experts.

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