19th DECEMBER, 2023

by | Dec 25, 2023

National Geoscience Data Repository (NGDR) Portal Launch

  1. Date and Venue:
    • The NGDR Portal is scheduled to launch on 19th December 2023 in New Delhi.
    • The launch ceremony will be led by Union Minister Shri Pralhad Joshi and attended by Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve.
  2. NGDR Overview:
    • A comprehensive online platform initiated by the Ministry of Mines.
    • Aims to provide access, sharing, and analysis of geospatial information across India.
  3. Key Players:
    • Guided by the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG-N), the initiative aims to launch the National Geoscience Data Repository (NGDR) Portal, emphasizing collaboration in advancing geoscience and technology.
    • GSI, established in 1851, has evolved into an internationally acclaimed geo-scientific organization.
  4. NGDR’s Significance:
    • Represents a leap forward in democratizing critical geoscience data.
    • Empowers stakeholders in industries and academia with unprecedented access to valuable resources.
  5. GSI’s Role:
    • Originally established in 1851 to find coal deposits for Railways.
    • Functions include creating and updating national geoscientific information and mineral resource assessment.
    • Provides objective, impartial, and up-to-date geological expertise for policy-making decisions.
  6. GSI’s Operations:
    • Conducts ground surveys, air-borne and marine surveys, mineral prospecting, and investigations.
    • Emphasizes systematic documentation of geological processes, both surface and subsurface.
    • Utilizes the latest technologies, including remote sensing and computer-based methods.
  7. GSI’s Reach:
    • Headquartered in Kolkata with six regional offices and state unit offices across India.
    • Functioning as a unit under the Ministry of Mines, it serves as an integral component within the ministry’s framework.
  8. About BISAG-N:
    • An Autonomous Scientific Society under the Government of India.
    • Undertakes technology development, research & development, and facilitates national and international cooperation in geospatial technology.
  9. BISAG’s Technology Integration:
    • Implements GIS and geo-spatial technologies for major Ministries and States.
    • Integrates geo-spatial science, information science systems, and mathematics science systems in-house.
    • Provides cost-efficient technology solutions on open source platforms.
  10. Current Status of BISAG:
    • A state agency of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat.
    • Located in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, BISAG focuses on technology transfer, entrepreneurship development, and capacity building.

In summary, the NGDR Portal launch marks a significant step toward enhancing accessibility to geospatial information, fostering innovation in exploration, and strengthening collaborations between key players in the field of geoscience and technology.

Source: PIB

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Smart India Hackathon 2023:

  1. Prime Minister’s Interaction:
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised young innovators for their problem-solving capabilities.
    • Acknowledged their remarkable ingenuity in addressing complex challenges.
  2. Innovation for National Development:
    • Emphasized the importance of innovations in contributing to the nation’s development.
    • Specifically highlighted the role of innovations in advancing the Rail sector.
  3. Smart India Hackathon Overview:
    • Inception: The initiative began as a platform for innovation in 2017.
    • Ministry Involvement: Led by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (now Ministry of Education).
    • Objective: To harness the creativity and problem-solving skills of young minds to address real-world challenges faced by various ministries and industries.
  4. Hackathon Duration:
    • The Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2023 is scheduled from the 19th to the 23rd of this month.
  5. Record Participation:
    • Over 50 thousand ideas were submitted, reflecting a sevenfold increase compared to the first edition.
    • Received contributions from 44 thousand teams, showcasing widespread interest and engagement.
  6. Participants and Mentors:
    • More than 12 thousand participants actively involved in the grand finale.
    • Over two thousand 500 mentors contributing their expertise and guidance.
  7. Nodal Centers Across the Country:
    • The event is conducted at 48 nodal centers spread across the country.
    • Highlights the inclusivity and nationwide reach of the Smart India Hackathon.
  8. Shortlisted Teams:
    • A total of 1,282 teams have been shortlisted for the grand finale.
    • These teams will provide solutions on diverse themes, including Space Technology, Smart Education, Disaster Management, Robotics and Drones, Heritage and Culture, among others.
  9. Themes for Innovation:
    • Participants are focusing on themes critical to the nation’s progress, reflecting a holistic approach.
    • Themes encompass a wide array, ranging from cutting-edge Space Technology to preserving Heritage and Culture.
  10. Government’s Focus on Rail Sector:
    • PM Modi highlighted the government’s significant focus on the Rail sector.
    • Anticipates that innovations from the Hackathon will play a pivotal role in the sector’s advancement.

Smart India Hackathon, initiated in 2017 by the Ministry of Education, serves as a platform to channel the innovation and problem-solving capabilities of young minds towards addressing real-world challenges. The record participation in 2023 reflects the success and growing impact of this initiative on a national scale.

Source: AIR

 

Written By Vishakha Khatri

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