The Principal Adviser of NITI Aayog, Ratan P. Watal, has inaugurated the first GIAN course on sustainable urban planning using remote sensing and GIS at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur’s outreach centre at Noida.

The course will provide participants latest remote sensing and GIS skills which will enable them to manage the rapidly changing urban environment of Indian cities. It will also focus on issues of water resource management, water pollution and strategic emplacements for water treatment facilities.

Rajiv Sinha of Department of Earth Sciences at IIT Kanpur and Patrice Carbonneau, Department of Geography, University of Durham, are coordinating the course.

The course is also being attended by participants from several government departments such as ISRO, AP Remote Sensing Application Centre, National Mission on Clean Ganga and students from different engineering colleges and universities across the country.