On the first day of the India Geospatial Forum, the India Geospatial Awards was organised to recognise and encourage innovations and excellence brought forward by geospatial technology developers, professionals, end users and policy makers that have fostered the geospatial industry in India.
This years’ Leadership Award in the category of the Premier Geospatial State was awarded to the State of Odisha.
An eco-friendly sustainable development, keeping in mind the welfare of its citizen is what distinguishes the State of Odisha. The early adoption of geospatial technologies within the State was possible due to the understanding and acceptance of the technology by the administrators. Today, all State Government funded development is being efficiently planned, monitored and managed through in-house developed applications and programs that have linked all the major government departments, most with their own independent GIS cells.
The State of Odisha has two Universities offering postgraduate education in geospatial science and technology, which has also helped internalise the capacity development. The State is engaged in generation, creation, organization and management of geo-spatial databases on natural resources, infrastructure, demography, socio-economic aspects, etc. These technologies and services are being optimally utilised by various users in the government especially the NLRMP, JnNURM, NRDMS, NRIS, NSDI and even the grievance monitoring cell, aptly qualifying the State of Odisha to be India’s leading Geospatial State.
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