Ludhiana, August 11, 2017: A workshop on "Popularisation of Remote Sensing based maps and Geospatial Information" on National Remote Sensing Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai (the father of Indian Space Programme) was jointly organised by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) and Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC) at Ludhiana and the experts stressed to use the geopspatial technology to make intelligent decisions for managing the resources. This workshop is simultaneously organized in different parts of the country with the online lectures by stalwarts of ISRO.
Padma Shri Dr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, Secretary, DOS and Chairman, ISRO said (via online message) that the space based information and services are increasingly being used for resource conservations, societal services and developmental initiatives. The space technology helps us in better understanding of our world so we can meet global challenges.
In his inaugural address, the chief guest Mr Pradeep Agrawal, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana congratulated ISRO, Ludhiana Chapter of ISRS and PRSC for organising the workshop and mentioned that geospatial technology is valuable in decision making that is useful in managing organizations and applicable in a wide range of disciplines including agriculture, public health, natural resource management, and local governance. One outstanding feature of geospatial technology is that people can observe different graphical scenarios before projects are implemented thereby avoiding costly mistakes. Involvement of people in the projects related to this technology educates and empowers them to carry out the project by themselves.
Mr Jaskiran Singh, IAS, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana explained the use of geospatial technology in revenue and property mapping. PRSC did an exemplary job to finish the property mapping of Ludhiana using satellite data and this GIS data is used by Municipal Corporation in day to day decision making.
Dr. Brijendra Pateriya, Director, Punjab Remote Sensing Centre and Patron, ISRS-Ludhiana Chapter emphasized that geospatial technology provides effective decision making tools for policy framework, both in scientific research and day-to-day planning. Since Punjab is an agrarian state, it is very important to realise that geospatial technology can definitely play a vital role in effective management of natural resources. He said that PRSC in collaboration with ISRO and Govt of Punjab is working to create a common platform for administrators, scientists, environmentalists, meteorologists and remote sensing experts to use the latest geospatial technologies for sustainable development in the state.
Dr R K Setia, Secretary, Secretary, ISRS-Ludhiana Chapter informed that this national workshop was organized to create a platform for scientists, academics, GIS professionals and the students of different schools/colleges to make them aware about the technology. He told that workshop witnessed an overwhelming response of over 1100 people including officers from government departments, scientists, professionals and students from different schools and colleges in Punjab.
Prof. P K Kingra, Vice-Chairman, ISRS-Ludhiana Chapter thanked the delegates for participating in the workshop and impressed upon the young students to get maximum benefit out of remote sensing technology.

Friday, August 11, 2017