Synergizing India’s Knowledge Infrastructure: the 2nd National Geospatial Chair Scheme


More knowledge is more answerability. The generation and use of geospatial data can be much more efficient than the earlier methods of data collection that were non-spatial and sectoral, making data collection a tedious and often time consuming process. The trends in data collection internationally, nationally and locally now point towards the emergence of Geospatial Technology as an effective tool in the management of data and information.

Considering the emphasis for geospatial data collection on technological self-reliance and the development and adaptation of suitable technologies for local needs to make an impact on the lives of ordinary citizens, the Government of India initiated a number of technology-based programmes to support local level planning in the 1980s including the Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS) under the Department of Science & Technology, GoI.

With the aim of moving towards a knowledge economy based on decentralized and knowledge based governance at the local levels, the NRDMS is a prominent programme that looks to promote and support research and development projects that utilize geospatial technologies. NRDMS aims to achieve integration in development planning by supporting geospatial technologies in specific target areas along with capacity building through initiatives such as skill development to train a skilled workforce.

With a view towards this initiative in regard to geospatial technology, the first phase of the National Geospatial Chair Scheme had been initiated since 2011-12 including 7 Geospatial Chair Positions from institutions / universities of repute in the field of geospatial technology.

Since then the national demand for geospatial science and technology has increased, and now the second phase of the National Geospatial Chair Scheme is being launched by the Department of Science and Technology with the stated aim of catalyzing the growth of the National Geospatial Ecosystem across the geospatial value chain, which includes science, technology, applications and enterprise.

In this second phase of the National Geospatial Chair Scheme, 15 National Geospatial Professor Positions that include the existing positions are to be established over the coming 5 years. They will be designated as National Geospatial Chair Professor. This marks another step forward in India’s nascent experiment towards an informed economic and policy environment.

 DST-NRDMS has recommended seven “National Geospatial Chair Professors” (NGCPs) for evolving geospatial policies in India

With inputs from NRDMS
Natural Resources Data Management System

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