[OSGeo-Discuss] Kalpana Chawla Chair on Geospatial Technology and our new OSGeo lab at PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, India

Ravi Kumar manarajahmundry2015 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 04:24:32 PDT 2016

Great to know this. Well done Geo4all. Hope the lab will be a beacon to
popularise Open Source GIS, the OSGeo Initiative.
Ravi Kumar

On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 3:10 PM, Suchith Anand <
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> It is my great pleasure to welcome PEC University of Technology,
> Chandigarh, India http://www.pec.ac.in/ as our new OSGeo lab. PEC
> University of Technology, formerly known as Punjab Engineering College, is
> an engineering institute located in the city of Chandigarh, India. Founded
> in 1921, it is one of the oldest educational institutes in India. I also
> really like the motto of PEC (Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya) which in Sanskrit the
> meaning of which is "From darkness (of ignorance) lead us to Light (of
> Knowledge)"
> Prof. Manoj Arora who is heading  as Director (Vice Chancellor), PEC
> University of Technology Chandigarh and Professor of Civil Engineering, IIT
> Roorkee (on lien)  where he is working as Professor in Remote Sensing in
> the department of Civil Engineering is the main force behind the
> establishment of OSGeo lab at PEC. He has also shared the good news that
> they now have partnered with Indian Railways to establish Kalpana Chawla
> Chair on Geospatial Technology at PEC.
> Kalpana Chawla [1] was an Indo-American astronaut and the first woman of
> Indian origin in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as
> a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was
> one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia
> disaster. She was a true global citizen working for the advancement of
> science for all, so it is fitting tribute that through PEC , one of our
> OSGeo labs will have chair in geospatial technologies established in her
> honour. I thank Dr Manoj Arora  and other colleagues who have worked hard
> to make this possible and Indian Railways for funding this chair.
> OSGeo Lab at PEC shall help the UN 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development
> for building a better world. This lab shall have following specific
> objectives:
> 1. To promote open-source geospatial software, open data, open standards
> in the nearby geographic locations.
> 2. To provide training and expertise in the geospatial field.
> Manoj has visited Nottingham University twice in recent time (though i
> couldnt meet him!) (June and Sept 2014 for a day each) as part of
> delegation from Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC)
> http://crikc.puchd.ac.in      .  CRIKC is a cluster of 15 odd academic
> institutions and research institutions in Chandigarh with Vice Chancellor,
> Panjab University, as the Chairman. CRIKC has signed MoU with University of
> Nottingham to have academic collaboration in many different ways. I can see
> many research synergies in open geospatial esp. in Opencitysmart research
> that we will be able to able to explore in the future.
> Best wishes,
> Suchith
> Dr. Suchith Anand
> http://www.geoforall.org/
> Geo for All - Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalpana_Chawla
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