Hyderabad. 29 August 2020. India has long been a leader in using modern spatial technologies and started its tryst with satellite images and GIS in the 1980s by having its own Indian Remote Sensing satellites and image-based mapping and creating GIS databases and applications. In the early 2000s, it took steps toward designing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure. With a large talent pool and many veterans providing the vision, leadership, and drive, now a national movement has taken shape in India’s next-generation GIS program—National GIS. Moving away from looking at GIS as just a mapping or database tool or as scientific software, India recognized that the true power of GIS can be realized only when it reaches the hands of the governed—those who can demand efficiency of governance/development and transparency in democratic action.
The central government’s ‘New India’ vision is a movement to transform the nation by 2022. It is a novel initiative that envisions an India which is clean, healthy, secure, inclusive and robust. The government has designed several plans like Digital India, Smart Cities and Skill Development to create a sustainable base for taking this development into the next decade. Geospatial technology provides real-time data and an efficient processing system that facilitates effective, efficient and informed decision-making. Integration of geospatial technology in the ‘New India’ vision will enable the development of applications that have the potential to revolutionize workflows across industries.
India’s Remote Sensing starts following the successful demonstration flights of Bhaskara-1 and Bhaskara-2 satellites launched in 1979 and 1981, respectively, with the to development of indigenous Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellite program. Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellite system was commissioned with the launch of IRS-1A, in 1988. With eleven satellites in operation, IRS is the largest civilian remote sensing satellite constellation in the world providing imageries in a variety of spatial resolutions, spectral bands and swaths. Data from Indian Remote Sensing satellites are used for various applications of resources survey and management under the National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS) in following:
- Pre-harvest crop area and production estimation of major crops.
- Drought/irrigation monitoring and assessment based on vegetation condition.
- Flood risk zone mapping and flood damage assessment.
- Hydro-geomorphologic maps for locating underground water resources for drilling well.
- Snow-melt run-off estimates for planning water use in down stream projects.
- Land use and land cover mapping.
- Urban planning.
- Forest survey.
- Wetland mapping.
- Environmental impact analysis
- Mineral Prospecting.
- Coastal Studies.
This being the major work of scientists and researches on technical side, with the growing demand and requirement of legally sound professionals for smooth and efficient outcomes in the projects, has been increased. To compete in the ever-growing demand for subject-specific expert in the Industry, and with a view to enable careers in the GIS and Remote Sensing Laws, NALSAR University of Law through its Centre for Aerospace and Defence Laws (CADL), had initiated to offer Course in this area. The program enables candidates of researching, choosing and assessing map source information for use in the arrangement or amendment of maps and diagrams to different scales. Candidates can have the employments identifying with examining information gave by remote sensing techniques.
The curriculum of the programme is a tailor-made to meet the professional needs of the remote sensing and geoinformatics industry. The course is a one-year programme consisting of 6 papers stretched into two semesters. The papers include General Principles of Law, Remote Sensing Technology and Law, GIS Technology and Law, Coastal Mapping and Coastal Zone Management, Satellite Technology and Telecommunications, and Information Technology and Cyber Laws.
The programme enables the working professional to have the multi-disciplinary view of the topics as it covers the Technology implications, management related concerns, Cyber and Intellectual Property related issues, Telecommunications along with the introduction to the General principles of Law. This curriculum enables even a non-legal background person to know and understand the legal terminology and legalities easily. This objective is enhanced by our scheme in which contact sessions are held, where each subject is taught in 6 sessions of 2 hours each. This enables the candidate to learn both the technical aspects and the legal aspects. The study material provided are complied with the guidance of subject experts and by experts themselves.
This brings out the uniqueness and credibility of our course which benefit the candidate at large. Our alumni had benefitted from our previous courses and can be seen through their testimonies in our Newsletter.
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