The Geological Survey of India, the premier Geoscientific Organization in
the country is devoted to a charter of activities that includes geological
mapping of the whole country on different scales, consolidation of geological
data base for the development of mineral based industries, energy and
environmental resources, research activities and dissemination of knowledge
on all earth science related aspects. As the geo-scientific education in the
country lacks adequate practical component, professional training is an
unavoidable requisite. Accordingly a full-fledged Training Institute was
constituted in 1976 with headquarters at Raipur primarily with a view to
orient the new recruits to professional practices. In course of years,
Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI) has also been
fulfilling the role of acquainting the geoscientists to the latest
advancements in their respective fields of knowledge as they progress
in the organization. Training courses are designed taking in to cognizance
the continuous developments in science and technology and concomitant
diversification and modernization of activities in the organization.
GSITI imparts state-of-the-art training in various disciplines of Earth
Science. The Institute with its headquarters at Hyderabad conducts various
training programmes through six centres located at Lucknow (UttarPradesh),
Zawar (Rajasthan), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Raipur (Chattisgarh), Chitradurga
(Karnataka) and Hyderabad, besides specialised divisions such as Photo
Geology and Remote Sensing (PGRS), Geophysics and INDIGEO located at
Since its inception in 1976, the GSITI has conducted number of training
Programmes and trained numerous geoscientists of GSI, other earth science
organisations, and universities of the country and also geoscientists of
ESCAP and other countries. The training programmes are focused on
fundamentals and applied aspects of geoscience viz. Geology, Geophysics,
Geochemistry, Natural Hazards, Remote Sensing, Drilling and Surveying. The
Institute regularly conducts Department of Science & Technology (DST)
sponsored SERC Summer / Winter School Programme, ISRO (Department of Space)
sponsored Remote Sensing (NNRMS) programme, marine geophysical survey for
the officers of Indian Navy and National Hydrographic office and customized
courses for other agencies.
For strengthening the application of digital techniques in geoscientific
data processing, Project INDIGEO, a collaborative venture between the
Geological Survey of India, International Institute for Geo-information and
Earth Observation (ITC), and Maastricht School of Management (MSM), The
Netherlands and Association of Exploration Geophysicists (AEG), India was
launched in 1999. Since its inception more than 500 officials of GSI and
other sister organisations were trained in various digital techniques.
Emphasis is laid on training scientists engaged in thrust activities. New
programmes in specialised disciplines covering Remote Sensing, Engineering
Geology, Palaeontology, Environment, Modern Instrumental Methods of Analysis
and Surveying have been started. Geochemical Mapping, Physical Volcanology,
Ore-Microscopy and Fluid Inclusion studies and Environmental Geochemistry are
some of the thrust areas addressed with a renewed approach. Refresher courses
on Legal Administration for Nodal Officers dealing with legal cases, Liaison
officers for SC/ST and Administrative officers, training on personal
effectiveness for Group ‘C’ Ministerial Staff and Refresher Courses for
Drivers has been introduced. Workshop on Official Language implementation has
been introduced on an experimental basis.
R & D programmes involving application of digital techniques in disaster
management are also being pursued at GSITI with an aim to develop new
The faculty for the training programmes consists of experienced
geoscientists of GSI and eminent scientists from National Geoscientific
Institutes and Universities.
The GSI Training Institute, with its headquarters at Hyderabad, conducts
training courses through six Training Centres and specialized Divisions such
as Photo Geology and Remote Sensing (PGRS), Geophysics and Project INDIGEO.
Field based training programmes are conducted at the following Centres to
cover varied geological terrains of the country.
Chitradurga Training Centre, Karnataka
Lucknow Training Centre, Uttar Pradesh
Raipur Training Centre, Chhattisgarh
Ranchi Training Centre, Jharkhand
Zawar Training Centre, Rajasthan
Hyderabad Training Centre, Andhra Pradesh
The Hyderabad Centre imparts training in various laboratory and field aspects.
PGRS division, Hyderabad, conducts programmes on image processing
techniques, photogrammetry and application of remote sensing in geology.
The Geophysics Division conducts programmes either at Hyderabad or at other
centers, depending on the nature of the training Course.
The Project INDIGEO, a collaborative venture of GSI with ITC and MSM, the
Netherlands and AEG, India since 1999, aims at enhancing the digital
processing capability of scientists of GSI and other organizations and
acquainting officers of the Department with modern management practices.
Project INDIGEO is equipped with the state-of-the-art computer facilities
and is imparting training using ArcGIS, AutoCAD Map, ERDAS Imagine, etc.
for capturing, manipulating, processing and visualization of geo-science
data. The technical collaboration with ITC, the Netherlands have been
renewed for three more years through an MOU signed in 2004 and the emphasis
continues to be on programmes covering basic as well as some advanced GIS,
digitization techniques and computer based interpretation of geochemical
data. These programmes are designed to familiarize the officers with the
basic and applied aspects of information technology with special reference
to earth sciences. In addition, computer awareness programmes to expose
officers and staff to the basics of computer concepts and application are
mounted on a regional basis.
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