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This portal an initiative of the National Geospatial Program (erstwhile NRDMS), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India under its capacity building initiative to develop capacity and enhance training in geospatial science and technologies in India. The report of the Task Force of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (2014) on geospatial education in the country has recommended that the nation must enable itself in this technology area and create a knowledge base that will give it an edge in the international arena but also bring benefits to its own national development efforts In this regard, a national portal for Capacity Building for Geospatial Science and Technology has been developed by the Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune supported by the DST, Government of India.

The portal contains a large bank of tutorials with data based on geographical information systems, remote sensing, spatial analysis, WebGIS, and other topics. These include theme specific tutorials on geospatial technologies for marine sciences, disaster management, watershed management, etc. developed by the Principal Investigators from organisations who have been part of conducting the summer/winter schools in geospatial science and technology. The bank of tutorials are continuously being updated. The portal also consists of a data base of resource persons as well as the outline of three week training programme. The portal is being used regularly and accessed by almost 8000 people per month.

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