Author is Director (S & SE Asia), UNIGIS International, Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, AUSTRIA.
The geospatial sector has grown sizeably in the past two decades. But its future seems bleak without enough trained personnel to fill new positions. Geospatial education may need to be revamped with flexibility in curricula design, enhancement of academia-industry interaction, with emphasis on a lifelong learning process to meet this challenge.
India has experienced substantial expansion of the geospatial sector and the resultant job-market over the last two decades. With the help of the information technology (IT) sector and India’s space programmes, the sector has experienced continual growth. In fact, the market share of geospatial based technologies in India is estimated to touch the 10 billion USD mark by 2019 (FICCI, 2013). Several landmark policy changes by the Government of India have given a boost to this sector which, among others,...