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School kids may soon get to study geospatial technology

Schoolchildren will soon take lessons in geospatial technology if the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) decides to implement the report on geospatial education prepared by National Task Force.

Written by Ardhra Nair | Pune |
September 24, 2013 2:16:11 am

Schoolchildren will soon take lessons in geospatial technology if the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) decides to implement the report on geospatial education prepared by National Task Force. If implemented the report,which was recently uploaded on MHRD website,will enable geospatial education at school level,university level,and higher level and even push for setting up an institute for geospatial education.

National Task Force was constituted on October 15,2010 under the chairmanship of K Kasturirangan,member,Planning Commission.

According to the report,a few universities,including Symbiosis Institute in Pune,already run a course in Geo Information System. It was also introduced as an elective subject in some schools affiliated to CBSE.

We strongly recommend the introduction of interactive,application-based curriculum with a strong project-based approach in geography and science from Class III onwards. The aim will be to introduce fundamental understanding of spatial context,concept of terrain,basic uses of GPS,location-based services ability to read a map,and applications of geospatial technologies in day-to-day life,said the report.

The formalisation of the same should be along with NCERT and CBSE board. We recommend teachers be trained on geospatial kit and basic applications at the District level Teacher Training centres every year,it added.

In terms of numbers,the Indian Geospatial Education lags far behind their international counterparts at Bachelor’s level and PhD level training. A rough estimate states that over the next 3-4 years there will be a need for over 1 laqkh professionals in this area at different levels,said the report.

National Task Force has given a four-pronged recommendation on geospatial strategy which includes School Geospatial Education Project (SGEP) led by the Department of School Education,MHRD; Geospatial University Networking Project (GUNP) led by the Department of Higher Education,MHRD; Geospatial Training and Outreach Project (GTOP) led by Department of Science & Technology (DST); and National Institute of Geospatial Knowledge,Engineering and Management (NGKEM) led by MHRD and DST.

The setting up of high-level management council has also been recommended with HRD minister as the chair and member (Science),Planning Commission,as the co-chair and various secretaries and experts as members for guiding and supervising the implementation of recommendations,said a release issued by the ministry.

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