Centre launches diploma of IIT for working professionals.
The National Centre for Geodesy (NCG) is now fully operational at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.
The centre supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, boasts state-of-the-art equipment and resources with Onkar Dikshit from the civil engineering department as its coordinator. It is supported by the vast experience of Major General B. Nagarajan, chairman, National Geodesy Programme, and the expertise of Balaji Devaraju.
The NCG is aimed at nucleating and strengthening education, capacity building, and R&D activities in the field of Geodesy by conducting state-of-the-art research and development activities, organising outreach activities and by acting as the national centre for extensive support to students and researchers working in the area of Geodesy through regular training programmes, fellowships, etc.
NCG is actively involved in organising training and research activities in the field of Geodesy and has recently launched a DIIT or Diploma of IIT for working professionals.
The centre’s research activities include geodetic techniques for polar motion studies in the determination of earth rotation parameters, determination of precise gravity field using satellite gravity missions such as GRACE, GOCE, CHAMP, etc. It also extends training, laboratory and resource support for students and researchers from other universities and institutions, and also advises state/central government departments on various Geodesy-related issues. NCG has initiated activities on geodetic infrastructure developments, research and development, short and long-term training programmes, and the establishment of a Geodesy consortium.
As a step forward, NCG proposes to set up regional centres to spread education on the subject.
IIT Kanpur director Abhay Karandikar said Geodesy is an important and emerging area.