Para troops to be trained in sat-data reading

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 18:41

New Delhi: With the new academic session
set to begin soon, a University here will host a unique set of
students-- officers of paramilitary forces like CRPF stationed
in Naxal-affected states.

The disaster management studies centre at the Guru
Gobind Singh Indraprastha University will impart skills in
satellite data reading, interpretation of the Geographic
Information System (GIS) for areas and terrains similar to the
ones in Maoist-dominated zones.

"The officers --drawn from CRPF, ITBP, BSF and other
such paramilitary forces-- will be trained to use and
understand the data and images captured through satellite and
GIS technology. This will help them have better understanding
of difficult terrains including the Naxal areas," Director
department for disaster management studies Dr Amarjeet Kaur said.

The five-day course, starting June 28 will have a
batch of about 30 officers-- major chunk from the CRPF --
attending various classes divided into equal aspects of
practicals and theory.

The satellite data can be used for better success in
operations and area familiarity by these officers who are
deployed in thick jungles, mountains and other inhospitable
terrains including Naxal-affected areas, Kaur said.

"We superimpose images from a representative area to
practical conditions to impart the training to these
officers," she said.

The CRPF, BSF and ITBP are the three Central
para-military forces present in the Maoist combat zone
currently and the knowledge of topography and geographical
features has been a challenge for the troops of these forces
in order to launch operations and also thwart attacks and
ambushes against them.

According to Kaur, who has been regularly conducting
such sessions for officers and personnel of various state
police forces, the `Greyhounds` force of Andhra Pradesh among
others, such special courses make the men on the field adept
to use the technology for their benefit.

Paramilitary officers say that if they can have the
aid of satellite imagery, especially in states like
Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa, they can plan and
execute their operations efficiently.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 18:41

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