Staff Reporter

Will carry our mapping of natural resources

TIRUNELVELI: The State Planning Commission and the Department of Science and Technology - National Resources Data Management System (NRDMS), Government of India have identified the Centre for Geo-Technology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University to establish Geographic Information System (GIS) Cell in the districts of Kanyakumari, Tuticorin and Tiruvarur.

According to Vice Chancellor Cynthia Pandian, the GIS cell would be established in seven districts in the State and three universities have been identified to establish the GIS cell in these districts. While MSU will establish the GIS cells in the said districts, Madurai Kamaraj University will take care of Madurai and Sivaganga districts, and Anna University Vellore and Chengalpattu districts.

Each cell would be established at Rs.25 lakh and the Central and State Governments would share the project cost on a ratio of 70:30. The preliminary meeting of the Planning Commission held at Chennai on November 10 approved this decision.

Under this programme, micro-level GIS mapping of natural resources in every village would be created which would give every bit of information relating to natural resources of the village including crop cultivation and production, tourism, health, education, extent of the village, population, profession, trade, commerce etc. This information would be hosted in the web site.

MSU will act as one of the nodal centres to train the personnel of the State Government on GIS, Dr. Cynthia said.

New topic

Manonmaniam Sundaranar University will include a topic on 'Imparting Special Education to the Physically Challenged' in the curriculum for M.Ed. classes from the coming academic year, the VC said.

Addressing a function held here on Tuesday in connection with the 'World Disabled Day', organised by Amar Seva Sangam, a charitable trust for the uplift of rural poor and the handicapped, she said, as per a survey conducted in 2001, 61 lakh persons were lame while over 10.60 lakh were visually challenged. The number of hearing-impaired in the country was 13 lakh, and the mentally challenged 22.64 lakh.

"Stress should be given for higher education of the physically challenged," the VC said.

Collector Atul Anand lauded the efforts of S. Ramakrishnanand S. Sankararaman, the backbone of Amar Seva Sangam.

Corporation Commissioner D. Chandrasekaran addressed the human chain of the physically disabled held in front of the VOC Grounds, Palayamkottai, in the morning.

The director, Society Care for the Handicapped, Karuna Chellaiah, the Managing Director, Hotel Aryaas, M. Jayaprakash, the Assistant General Manager, Nabard, K. Sridharan, the Regional Officer, Tamil Nadu Textbook Corporation, A. Sundarakaladaran, and the Project Officer, Tamil Nadu Women Development Corporation, S. Chellathambi, participated.