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I have always been fascinated by how various branches of engineering come together for fulfillment of

one’s need. Such a fusion of digital engineering with the Civil Engineering branch in form of GIS And
Remote Sensing is what intrigues me the most. Through this fellowship I aim to fulfill my interest in
exploring the broad topic of GIS. I came across a project and was really amazed to see the
implementation of GIS in the making of the Development Draft Plan (DDP) of the Kalyani Municipality
for the city Kalyani (WB). I am fascinated to see its numerous applications in Urban Planning particularly
in fields of Transportation engineering and Smart city development and I really am inclined to work in
the said area. I have helped my senior in his project of LULC(land use and land cover) Prediction of
INDORE Using CA MARKOV and having knowledge of Arc GIS and Q-GIS acquired as an integral part of
Surveying course gives me an edge. Through my little insight on urban planning I have come to know
that in spite of the wide usage of GIS as a technology in India, the true potential of GIS has not yet been
fully exploited specially for decision support scenarios and therefore I would be enthralled to work in
this area with my mentor and contribute a little towards this transition of GIS from technology-centric
to decision-centric.

But a blueprint has been developed, and there is now a clear agenda that has been set for
establishing and making operational National GIS—becoming one key element of a new innovative
information foundation that will empower governance, enterprises, and citizens across the country.

Information will be the fourth pillar of democracy, and GIS will be that important element of
the fourth pillar—helping in the concept of unified information infrastructures

The vision report states that in spite of the wide usage of GIS as a technology, the potential of GIS has
not yet been fully exploited for decision support by planners, stakeholders, decision makers, citizens,
and others.

GIS is technology-centric but needs to be decision-centric. This means that all types of decision
makers—governments, enterprises, and citizens—should have the ability to easily make use of
readily available GIS data and applications that can help solve their problems. With the vision for
Karnataka GIS now defined, the result is a robust information and decision support system that
upholds the decision-making process for planning and implementing various state developmental
programs and also for empowering citizens in the state, apart from contributing common content and
linking to National GIS.
Apart from the vision definition, a comprehensive assessment of user needs, in terms of GIS data
and applications for various state departments, citizens, and others, has been documented. A good
matrix structure has been identified for implementation where multiple agency capability is integrated
at the state level.

The Indian government's vision is to create a new paradigm for governance and development with
emphasis on inclusive growth and development—especially to reduce disparity, expedite
development, and bring demographic dividends that will be unique.