VC JU inaugurates training programme of Capacity Building in Geospatial Technology


Jammu and Kashmir News

Jammu, July 27: Prof R D. Sharma, Vice Chancellor University of Jammu inaugurated the ten days National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS), ISRO sponsored programme in the University of Jammu here this morning .

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Speaking on the occasion,  Vice Chancellor  lauded the efforts made by the department of Remote Sensing & GIS for conducting such types of Training programme of Capacity Building in Geospatial Technologies.

Prof. Sharma also congratulated the participants/ trainees to be the part of this emerging technology and wished them for successful completion of this training programme of Capacity Building in Geospatial Technologies.

Prof A. S. Jasrotia, Head, Department of Remote Sensing and Coordinator of this Training programme in his welcome address said that  expressed his gratitude  to  Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Department of Space, Govt. of India and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi for choosing the Department of Remote Sensing, University of Jammu to organize a Training programme of Capacity Building in Geospatial Technologies.

He said that the Jammu University is among the Twenty five centers across India and has been given the opportunity to conduct this training programme of Capacity Building for PGT teachers in Geographyof Kendriya Vidyalya (KV), Navodhya Vidyalya (NV) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of higher secondary level to be trained in the field of Remote Sensing & GIS from 27th July to 7th August 2015.


Prof Jasrotia also said that Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has already given the slogan ‘Digital India’to boost the Geospatial technology and its application across India. The Visionary Prime Minister of India Sh. Narender Modi has also given the direction to all ministries and departments that this technology essentially implements in the ministries as well all departments. He said that programme is basically the efforts of the ISRO in collaboration with NCERT, School education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Navodhya Vidyalya Sangthan (NVS), Kendriya Vidyalya Sangthan (KVS), and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

He further said that the objectives of this prorgamme is to generate  the capacity building in Geospatial technology which enable them to teach contents given in the syllabus  effectively, so that teachers shall be enabled to enhance Geospatial technologies among  the students for better understanding of Geospatial technology.

Jasrotia in his address to the gathering also said that the University of Jammu is the only University in northern India to have a Master level course in Remote Sensing and GIS. The department of Remote Sensing started in the University of Jammu since 2008 with the initiation of master level course in Remote Sensing & GIS but still evolving and revolving through different channels.

He said that department of Remote Sensing is equipped with  required infrastructure in terms of Space, hardware, software, communication and it continues to update as per rapidly changing technological development. The students of this department have found their placement in Indian as well as global market. The department has also undertaken research and is looking forward for the support from the co-workers located at different geographical locations in the emerging areas like Web based designing and portals, modelling and simulation, climate change, natural resources management, tertian characterization, watershed management, crime mapping management , master plans etc.

The department has also started the Ph. D research program from the last session which will address the basic problems of the geospatial technology so that, growth of the young department shall be addressed automatically.

Stressing on the relevance of geospatial technology, Prof. Jasrotia said that it has a great significance in different fields like assessment of geological hazards, minerals and oil exploration, hydro geology, watershed management, earthquake engineering, telecom, tourism, defence, transport and navigation system, land analysis, modelling urban environment, crop monitoring, disaster management, environmental studies and  biodiversity etc.

This training programme provides the foundation for  awakening the participants to understands the geospatial technology as well as strengthening their software knowledge and problem solving skills. The participants can get the basic knowledge of scales, projections, map making, data quality and attribute data, GPS, Types of Remote Sensing, Visual interpretation of satellite data, image classification, data correction, change detection techniques, spatial data analysis, Postgre SQL/ Post GIS, Geoserver-open layer, Web services, terrain characteristics and its applications in Urban and Rural planning, forestry, Wildlife, Agriculture and climate studies.

During these ten days training programme on geospatial technologies for capacity building, lectures and practical components will be demonstrated by the resource person/Guest faculty as well as the faculty of the department so that the participants have the understanding of data and knowledge to handle the day today problems of geospatial technology.

This geospatial technology program is very much useful for the J&K state because here seeking information through human resources becomes difficult and tracking information from inaccessible region due to difficult geographical terrain problem of the insurgency.

Among others present include Prof. Rajni Dhingra, Dean Faculty of Sciences, Prof. Rajnikant, Director, Academic Staff College, Prof. Dilip Singh Jamwal, HoD Mathematics, Prof. R. K. Ganjoo, HoD Geology, Prof. V. S. Manhas, Deptt. of Geography, Prof. Prakash C. Anthal, Deptt. of Economics, Prof. Rampal, Deptt. of Environmental Sciences, faculty of various departments, scholars, and students of the Department were also present.