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AICTE Approved The Inclusion Of Geospatial As A Subject In GATE And NET Exams

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) approved the inclusion of Geospatial Science and Technology as a subject in GATE and NET examination.

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) approved the inclusion of Geospatial Science and Technology as a subject in GATE and NET examination. The decision to include Geospatial as a subject has been taken on the recommendation of the National Geospatial Task Force Report 2013 under the Chairmanship of former ISRO Chairman, Dr. K. Kasturirangan.

Many professionals and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) as an organization suggested the need for Geospatial as a subject in GATE and NET examination at different forums.

The decision for inclusion of Geospatial subject in the GATE and NET examination is purely an outcome of Dr. K. C. Tiwari (Retd. Col), Department of Science and Technology’s Geospatial Chair Professor, Centre of Geoinformatics, Delhi Technological University, sincere efforts and hard work and DST’s insistence.

AICTE’s Decision of Including Geospatial Subject in GATE and NET

Students appearing for the popular National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and lectureship in Indian universities and colleges, including IITs and NITs and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for JRF in CSIR laboratories, will now be able to opt for Geospatial as a subject.

The decision will benefit a large number of students who are taking up geospatial as a subject at different levels. Also, it will help in the evolution of the Geospatial Ecosystem in the country.

Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST conferred “Geospatial science and technology is a rapidly evolving subject that forms the backbone of a plethora of planning, development and governance activities with unprecedented opportunities both in the government and private sectors. Swamitva, a recent scheme launched by the Prime Minister is a good example to map rural inhabited lands using drones and the latest survey methods. The scheme among other things will streamline planning, revenue collection, and property rights and thus have a huge positive impact on securing loans by the owners and dispute resolution related to properties”.

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