New Delhi: A special course in satellite
data reading for officers of para-military forces, like CRPF
and BSF, was inaugurated at the Indraprastha University here
The five-day course in geospatial studies and Geographic
Information System (GIS) is aimed at training and equipping
officers of the central police forces with adequate knowledge
of the difficult terrain in the areas of their deployment.
23 officers from the CRPF, eight from BSF and two each
from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Andhra Pradesh special
anti-Naxal force `Greyhounds` are participating in the course
which was inaugurated by Delhi`s Lieutenant Governor Tejinder
The disaster management studies centre at the Guru Gobind
Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) will impart skills in
satellite data reading and interpretation of the GIS for areas
and terrains including Maoist-dominated zones.
"The officers -- drawn from CRPF, BSF and other 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 satellite data can be used to ensure 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.
The lack of knowledge of topography and geographical
features hamper operations by the para-military forces, whose
personnel often fall prey to ambushes.
According to Kaur, who has been regularly conducting such
sessions for officers and personnel of various state police
force, such special courses make the men on the field adept to
use latest technology for their benefit.
Officers of para-military forces say that with the aid of
satellite imagery, especially in states like Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand and Orissa, they can plan and execute their