NESAC jointly with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad & Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun organized a one week residential Structured Training Programme on Space based inputs for governance with specific emphasis to NE States during Aug 07-11, 2023 at NESAC.
Inaugural ceremony of the program started with a welcome address by Dr. S.P. Aggarwal, Director, NESAC followed by the addresses from Dr. K. Vinod Kumar, Associate Director, NRSC and Dr. R.P. Singh, Director, IIRS. Shri Shantanu Bhatawdekar, Scientific Secretary, ISRO graced the inaugural ceremony as the Chief Guest and addressed the participants. He gave a brief presentation on the role of geospatial technology in various governance applications.
21 Scientists/Engineers from ISRO/DOS Centres participated in the program. The programme covered the basics of Geo-spatial technology and governance applications like natural resources management, infrastructure planning, support in the health and education sector, disaster management support including the state of the art UAV applications. Eminent resource persons were invited from NRSC, SAC, IIRS and state user departments to cover various topics during the program. The program provided a right platform to share the experiences and knowledge gained by experts and stakeholders, challenges and lessons learnt while executing a wide range of space applications projects particularly in NE States. An exposure visit to IIM, Shillong was arranged for the participants, where Prof. Rohit Dwivedi gave a talk on unique opportunities and challenges of good governance in NER.
The concluding ceremony of the program was graced by Smt. Loya Madduri, IAS, Secretary, Science, Technology and Climate Change Department, Govt. of Assam as the Chief Guest. She appreciated the effort of the NESAC in successful organization of the STP and highlighted the significant support of space technology inputs in planning and development process of the Government of Assam. Dr. S.P. Aggarwal, Director, NESAC addressed the participants and complimented the participants on successful completion of the program. Shri P.L.N. Raju, Special Secretary, Science, Technology and Climate Change Department, Govt. of Assam and Director, Assam State Space Application Centre (ASSAC) also attended the concluding ceremony. The program ended with a vote of thanks offered by Dr. B.K. Handique, Head, PPEG, NESAC and the Course Director.