Survey of India and Association of Geospatial Industries sign a MoU for Geospatial Skill Development
August 25, 2021, New Delhi: India’s national survey and mapping organization – Survey of India (SOI) and the country’s Geospatial Industry body – Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Geospatial Skill Development in the country.
Under this MoU, Survey of India and AGI with its member companies will provide training and certificates for various skills using latest tools, equipment, and technologies to bridge the gap between current learning outcomes and the requirements of the user organizations.
Addressing the need for skill-based training to students and professionals for addressing the acute shortage of skilled manpower in the geospatial sector has become very critical as it adversely impacts implementation of various government programs. This MoU is another example of Public-Private Partnership, with an aim to improve the employability of the professionals and increase the availability of trained manpower to support various government initiatives.
On this occasion, Mr. Naveen Tomar, Surveyor General of India said, “With the new policy regime and various mission mode programs that have been rolled out by the Government of India, there is a huge emand for geospatial data and survey work. The collaboration with AGI to provide skill-based training will enable the youth of the country to get employment and serve various line ministries in getting survey-based data creation work in a timely manner, with latest technologies.”
“The collaboration with AGI to provide skill-based training will enable the youth of the country to get employment and serve various line ministries in getting survey-based data creation work in a timely manner, with latest technologies.”
Naveen Tomar, Surveyor General of India
Mr. Agendra Kumar, President, AGI welcomed the collaboration with SOI and said, “The geospatial industry is delighted to collaborate with Survey of India to enhance the pool of trained geospatial resources in the country. Through this MoU, we aim to train students and professionals to use the latest technology, methods, and processes, while working with Survey of India’s premier training institute – National Institute for Geo-informatics Science and Technology (NIGST).”
The Geospatial economy in India stands at about Rs. 30,000 crores at present and is set to become Rs. 1 lakh crores by 2030 and generate 2.2 million additional jobs. Deregulation of Geospatial data by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in Feb 2021 will be the major driving force in these achievements. Certainly, Skilled human resources will be required in various sectors for data capture, processing, modelling and analytics, application development and data dissemination.
About Association of Geospatial Industries
The Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI) is an industry-led non-profit non-government professional organization that represents the interests of the geospatial industry in India and works towards the advancement of geospatial technologies and their applications. Its primary goal is to accelerate the adoption of geospatial technologies in India. Established in 2009, the Association of Geospatial Industries is headquartered in New Delhi, India.
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