It is a matter of pleasure that this University has been recognized for setting up a Center of Excellence for Natural Resource Data Management System in Uttarakhand by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The Center of Excellence aims to build advanced hi-tech education and applied research capabilities in Geographic Information Science Technologies for various stakeholders, viz., academia, governance, industry and civil society.
Geographic Information Science is a newly growing discipline which technologies, i.e., GPS, GIS, Remote Sensing and Computer Mapping has wide applications in governance, planning, management, monitoring, navigation, and in advanced research in physical/social sciences and humanities. Considering the human resource requirement in government, private, academic and non-governmental sectors. The Kumaun University has started two year M.Sc. (Remote Sensing and GIS) through this Center with the technical/financial support of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Besides this education programme, the centre under its research programme is developing web based Uttarakhand Geoportal in joint collaboration with Uttarakhand State Council of Science and Technology, Dehradun and in associates with diffirent line departments of Uttarakhand Government at district environment.
I appreciate the efforts of the Director of the Center who has worked very hard and ensured that the Center reaches up to its logical culmination. I wish the success of the Center and sincerely hope that it emerges as one of the top centers of newly emerging hi-tech education and applied research in Geographic Information Science Technologies i.e., Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS.
Prof. D.K. Nauriyal