Guwahati, April 27: When Nepal is devastated by a major earthquake, at the same time there may be a shy of relief for the people of North Eastern region. Considering North East as an earthquake prone area, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) had recently taken an unique initiative to battle this deadly disaster. With a view to adapt the students community with new technologies and advances made in the field of Remote sensing and Geo-informatics, the university is going to start PG Diploma courses in Geo-informatics from the next academic session.
In this connection, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Department of Space, Government of India and University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) on 27th April, 2015. The MoU was signed by Dr. S. Sudhakar, Director, NESAC and Dr. R.K. Sharma, Pro Vice Chancellor, USTM along with Senior Scientists of NESAC and faculty members of the Department of Earth Science of USTM at the conference room of the office of NESAC,
The main purpose of the MoU is to develop and enhance the academic and R&D activities of both the organizations with space science & technology. Now onwards USTM & NESAC will jointly work for building a scientific tempo among the educated youths of NE regions, in the field of Resource Magement & conservation, Disaster Magement, Biodiversity & Wildlife, Meteorology, various Environmental & Geographical researches, etc. thereby creating a new venture for the societal development of the region. It opens a broad platform for the students & research scholars of USTM to gain scientific knowledge specially in the field of space science with the application of Remote Sensing & Geographical Information System for societal. The MoU also helps the students of Earth Science department to get exposure to the latest research happening in this area and the scientist of NESAC to be in touch with academy for mutual benefit, a press release stated.