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Wednesday , January 30 , 2013
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Cotton starts geoinfo course

Jan. 29: The geology department of Cotton College today started a six-month certificate course on geoinformatics.

A student-teacher meeting was organised at the department on the launching of the course. Ten students, including professionals, from different parts of the state have enrolled for the course.

The department has been conducting a month-long course on geoinformatics since 2004.

Geoinformatics is the science and technology that develops and uses information science infrastructure to address the problems of geography, geosciences and related branches of engineering. Information science is concerned with the analysis, collection, storage and dissemination of information.

The head of geology department, H.D. Sarma, said the department has already conducted 37 courses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) and two other courses on principles of remote sensing and satellite image processing. Altogether 384 students, teachers and professionals from various institutions and organisations of the Northeast have successfully completed the courses.

“Three special training programmes on GIS and GPS have also been conducted for the district officers of the disaster management cell and officers of the revenue department of the state government and for the officers of SSB frontier headquarters in Guwahati,” he added.

The new course is aimed at meeting the long-standing need of professionals and students of the region for a comprehensive course on remote sensing, GIS and GPS technologies.

The Cotton College geology department is the only centre in the Northeast where regular courses on geoinformatics are being imparted since 2004. The course is co-ordinated by Santanu Sarma of the department, with support from a few experts in the fields of geoinformatics as guest resource persons.

It was established as an undergraduate department under Gauhati University in 1959. In 1963, it started BSc (honours) course and attained post-graduate status in 1986 under Gauhati University.