The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan launched a new web portal called ‘nakshe’ in New Delhi on 10 April 2017. The launch commemorates the 250th anniversary of Survey of India (SoI).
The event saw in attendance Y.S. Chowdary, the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Swarna Subba Rao, the Surveyor General of India and other top scientists and professionals from the Geospatial Industry.
• The portal will offer Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) for free download in a pdf format through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process.
• The move is in line with the Indian government’s Digital India programme.
• Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) comprise natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography.
• The maps have been prepared by the SoI since its inception in 1767 and are completely in accordance with the National Map Policy of 2005.
The portal’s launch was followed by a curtain raiser of Survey of India’s Geo-portal and Web services platform and a technical presentation on the development of the Geoid model for India. The event also included a panel discussion on Geospatial Paradigm in India, which deals with the user’s perspective on Geospatial Policy Framework in the country.
About the Survey of India
• It is India’s National Survey and Mapping Organization and comes under the Department of Science & Technology.
• It was set up in 1767 and so, this year the organisation is celebrating its 250th anniversary.
• It is not only the oldest scientific department of the government of India but also one of the oldest survey establishments in the world.
• As the country’s Principal Mapping Agency, the department bears a special responsibility to ensure that the country's domain is explored and mapped suitably.
• The foundation for the scientific survey and mapping of the country was laid with The Great Trignometric Survey (GTS), which was conducted on 10 April 1802.
• World renowned surveyors, Col. Lambton and Sir George Everest had played a huge role in the survey. They had surveyed and mapped each and every part of the country.
• The maps created as a result of their research have played a pivotal role in India’s nation building process and in creating the foundation of almost all major developmental activities of modern India.
Where: New Delhi
When: 10 April 2017