Staff Reporter

On Geographic Information Technologies

TIRUCHI: Geographical Information System (GIS) is no longer a tool. It has become a powerful instrument for decision-making in administrative systems, A. Balasubramanian, Director, Educational Multi-Media Research Centre, University of Mysore, said on Monday.

Inaugurating a four-day exposure-training programme on Geographic Information Technologies, organised by the Department of Geology, School of Geosciences, Bharathidasan University, he said the use of GIS and Global Positioning System (GPS) would provide an instant access to the data and information.

Having come to be known as Geo Technology (GT), GIS will transform into an era in the near future, even overtaking Information Technology and Bio Technology. An offshoot of Geosciences, Applied Sciences and Information and Communication Technology, GIS, which uses spatial databases and their relationships, is a digital platform for obtaining knowledge and information, he said.

M.A. Akbarsha, Dean, Faculty of Science, Bharathidasan University, who presided, said GIS had grown substantially over the past 40 years, to the extent of being offered as a specialised programme at the Post-Graduate level. Formation of the School of Geosciences, comprising the departments of Geology, Geography, and the Centre for Remote Sensing, would accentuate the research activities in the university.

The programme, organised for college and university teachers and researchers is aimed at providing exposure to the state-of-art Geographical Information Technologies such as GIS, Remote Sensing data interpretation through Digital Image Processing, and GPS Survey.

Professor and Head, Department of Geology, Manivel, and S. Vasudevan, Training Coordinator, offered felicitations.