Heritage Sites Mapping

India is culturally very rich and diverse and has a long history. This richness and history is visible in historical architectures and monuments. India has a vast number of heritage sites that showcase India’s history and culture and thus are of great national importance. Also, many of these heritage sites get huge national as well as global attention and generate tourism opportunities. Unprecedented urbanisation, severe weathering of the monuments, encroachment around the monuments, smuggling...


Solar Power in India

Most of the people today know about the uses of solar energy and why we should use it. With the rapid depletion of conventional, non-renewable sources of energy like coal, gas and oil, finding out ways to harness and increase the production of alternate, renewable sources of energy is on the rise. Can we harness solar energy and produce solar power in India? India, being partly tropical and sub-tropical, receives sunlight all round the year. The amount of solar energy received by India is a whopping...

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Good Governance: GIS in Law Enforcement

Catering to over 1.3 billion people, the law enforcement agencies in India face a lot of challenges. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), India had deployed only 138 personnel per one lakh population in 2015. India ranked 67th out of 71 countries in terms of personnel deployed to population ratio (ET, 2015). According to the Bureau of Police Research & Development, as of January 2017, India had 15,579 police stations, with 10,052 stations in urban areas, 4,998 stations...

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Geo-Spatial Applications by NRDMS in Telecom

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the total number of telephone subscribers in the country amounted to 1.2 billion as of September 2017. This comprises of both the wireless and the wireline subscribers in the country. The number of rural subscribers is over 500 million while the urban subscribers amount to over 700 million (TRAI, 2017). The biggest players in Indian telecom industry are familiar names such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Jio. Government-controlled...

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PV Efficiency Grounds India’s Solar Ambitions

India is fast emerging as the largest market for low cost and poor quality solar photovoltaics (PV) modules— a compounding hazardous waste, especially threatening in the absence of adequate quality control.

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Himalaya | Seeking a Coordinated Approach in Glacier Research

Himalaya has been warming at a rate much higher than the global average. The results of studies on the glaciers of three basins - Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra conducted over three decades are discussed.


Catastrophic Plastic Waste Dumping into the Oceans

Causing the death of over 100,000 marine mammals and millions of fishes and birds annually, plastic waste dumped into the ocean has emerged as the biggest waste problem of planet Earth. While over 50 per cent of the ocean area is free of any national jurisdiction, increased ocean plastic is moving the world towards a global catastrophe.

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Geo-Spatial Applications for Good Governance in Education

Nelson Mandela once said, ‘education is a powerful weapon which can be used to change the world’. Education is indeed a powerful tool which can do wonders for a child, a family and the nation. Following the path, India has been taking great strides in the field of education. According to the 2016 report ‘Educational Statistics at a Glance’, by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India; the adult literacy rate reached 69.3 per cent in 2011 from 61 per cent in 2001. According...

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Space Debris- What Lies Ahead?

Along with the satellites, there are over 380,000 objects in orbit, most of which is space debris (Phys, 2017). Space debris is the term used to denote all artificial satellites and other parts that are now inoperative and unusable, present in Earth’s orbit or re-entering the atmosphere. These objects can start off from the humongous amounts of disintegrations, explosions and in-space collisions of satellites or launch rocket parts that have occurred. As we are about to witness the launch of thousands...

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NRDMS Initiative to Rejuvenate Groundwater through Village Ponds

Groundwater is the source of over one-third of usable water in the country, and its over usage and contamination can lead to serious repercussions. States such as Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan consume more Groundwater than the annual Groundwater recharge, hence, depleting the resource faster. Over the years, the areas where Groundwater was readily available have seen an increase in its usage, increasing the Groundwater usage from 58 per cent in 2004 to 62 per cent in 2011 (PRS, 2016). The...