Geographic information systems in it’s advanced form originated in late 90's. During this time Remote sensing and GPS technology has become operational to provide basic location information required for natural resources evaluation and environmental management. During early days of the technology their use was limited to few groups. With the availability of the high resolution optical remote sensing data from Ikonos, Quickbird and IRS Satellites, Microwave satellites like Radarsat, RISAT and with Lidar Technology are new areas of Remote sensing applications have been identified. Rapid changes also observed in education as well as training particularly pertaining to the field of Remote Sensing and allied areas. Few universities are fortunate enough to have Faculty trained in the said technologies. Since then and particularly in late 2000 and early second decade of new millennium, the developments are quite amazing in the field of Spatial Information Technology (SIT). With the advent of high resolution sensors of our country, cadastral level mapping for planning and legal aspects of title which was a dream just a decade ago, is made possible. The convergence of GIS, GPS & the internet has made map making much easier, faster & efficient. Developments like web technology & open source software have made the resource availability much cheaper, for students and municipal/local authorities to access and utilize data at their desktops. In this context, necessary expertise is built in this University and is in the forefront in human resource development, research and consultancy. Another emerging state of the art technology GNSS is being taught in few selected universities only in INDIA among them this centre is one with good enough trained faculty. The Centre for Spatial Information Technology has been in the forefront of SIT education and training in Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. The M.Tech program in Remote Sensing started in 1992 has become very popular in the industry with all our students placed in different organizations in private as well as government sectors and also in abroad. Later the M.Tech Remote sensing is changed to M.Tech in Spatial Information Technology from the academic year 2000. Considering the increasing demand and enthusiasm towards this GEOSPATIAL course, this centre had started one more M.Tech programmes in GEOINFORMATICS TECHNOLOGY for full time students in the year 2002 and one part- time M.Tech course from 2003, to enhance knowledge of the employees in the latest topics. The center has identified the definite areas of Spatial Information Technology applications.
These are primarily oriented towards application of Remote Sensing, Softcopy Photogrammetry, GNSS, GIS, Internet GIS and Web Technologies, etc. with special emphasis on
1. Disaster management & Environmental Impact assessment .
2. Bio Diversity & Coastal Zone management
3. Geosciences, Soil mapping, Water Resources & LU/LC mapping to cadastral level .
4. Infrastructure management & Surveys with GNSS and Total Station instruments
5. Development of customized software and their availability in free portals on real time needs & users