Wednesday, October 21, 2020

‘The Hindu’ dated 19 Jan 2011

Young scientist: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi conferred Rachapudi Kamakshi Memorial Gold Medal for young Geospatial Scientist 2010 on Thiyam Tamphasana Devi, IIT Guwahati, at Geospatial World Forum conference in Hyderabad on Tuesday. HYDERABAD: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has announced that his State will set up the country's first Geo-Spatial park and has invited the investors from across the country and outside to be part of the first of its kind park in India.

Speaking after presenting Geospatial World Forum-2011 Excellence Awards here on Tuesday night he stated that there was an overwhelming response to the investors worldwide to the “Vibrant Gujarat” summit held recently. Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) for investments to the tune of Rs. 20.83 lakh-crore (equivalent to 450 billion USD) were signed at the conclave and he was hopeful that the investments would make Gujarat much more vibrant State in the country in the years to come.

The MoUs were signed mostly for projects in infrastructure development, capacity building and manufacturing, he explained. His vision was to make Gujarat a global model in development and administration and not just a premiere State in India. The Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Application and Geo Informatics (BISAG) was set up in Gandhinagar with the aim of providing assistance to different government departments to utilise the available technology for better productivity, he stated.

The training programme taken up by his Government for improving skills of its 5-lakh employees was being well appreciated by several States and they were trying to emulate Gujarat, he claimed. They were planning to reducing wastage of resources and time and enhancing productivity through the project.

Mr. Modi invited the Geospatial World Forum to hold its biennial summit in Gujarat next time. Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences Shailesh Nayak, Director General of Ordnance Survey, United Kingdom C.B. Vanessa Lawrence were also present.