GSITI and ISRO Join Forces for Groundbreaking Training Collaboration

GSITI and ISRO Join Forces for Groundbreaking Training Collaboration
GSITI and ISRO Join Forces for Groundbreaking Training Collaboration

In a landmark development, the Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI), based in Hyderabad, has forged a significant partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), headquartered in Bengaluru. This momentous collaboration was formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on September 11, marking the commencement of a five-year association under the National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS) program. The signing ceremony was attended by key representatives from both institutions, underscoring their commitment to advancing expertise in critical domains.

The overarching objective of this collaborative endeavor is to offer comprehensive training programs that enhance capacity building in the realms of mineral resources and disaster management, all within the framework of the NNRMS program. The primary goals of the project revolve around cultivating skilled human resources capable of tackling significant challenges. Some of the primary focus areas of this initiative encompass:

  1. Leveraging Digital Technologies: Proficiency in digital image processing and geographic information systems (GIS) is pivotal for efficient mineral exploration. The partnership between GSITI and ISRO will facilitate training programs in this domain, equipping participants with the knowledge and tools to harness these technologies for resource identification and management.
  2. Advanced Remote Sensing: Remote sensing techniques are crucial for identifying and assessing mineral resources. This collaborative effort will provide training in advanced remote sensing methods, empowering participants to utilize cutting-edge technologies for enhanced mineral exploration.
  3. Geo-informatics for Disaster Management: Geo-informatics, combined with remote sensing and GIS, has become indispensable in disaster management. This project will deliver training programs tailored to enhance the capabilities of individuals and organizations involved in disaster management. The focus will be on leveraging geo-informatics for improved disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

The PGRS Division at GSITI, Hyderabad, will spearhead this initiative by organizing a total of 15 training programs over the next five years. These programs will cater to a diverse group of approximately 300 participants, including representatives from Central and State Government Departments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), faculty members, and research scholars from academic institutions. The broad spectrum of training programs ensures that a wide array of stakeholders will benefit from the expertise and knowledge exchange facilitated by this collaboration between GSITI and ISRO.

Dr. Mathew Joseph, Deputy Director General & Head Mission-V, on behalf of GSITI, and Dr. J.V. Thomas, Director of the Earth Observation Applications & Disaster Management Support Programme Office (EDPO), representing ISRO, are key figures driving this transformative partnership.