By Radhika Bhandari
“Think globally act locally” was the theme of World GIS day celebration at Kathmandu University on 15th November 2017. GIS stands for Geographic Information System and every year this day is celebrated all around the world on third Wednesday of November in the Geography Awareness Week. Geographic Information System deals with the analyzation and study of the geographic or spatial data.The event was conducted by Geomatics Engineering Society (GES) in collaboration with Nepal Geomatics Engineering Society (NGES).
There were two programs running on the very day; formal and informal. The formal program was started with the opening remarks from Asst. Prof. Dr. Prachand Man Pradhan, Head of Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering.
Mr. Ganesh Prasad Bhatta, Director General of Survey Department was the Chief Guest of this program. In addition, the guests were Prof. Dr. Narendra Raj Khanal (Head of Department of Geology, TU), Mr. Narayan Prasad Regmi (Executive Director of Land Management Training Centre), Ms. Shanti Basnet (Director of Department of Land Information and Archive) and Mr. Ashok Kumar Byanju, the Mayor of Dhulikhel municipality was special guest.
Professionals, faculties and students presented and talked on topics like Smart City and Role of GIS, Role of Open data in development, GIS in local units, Role of GIS in integrated development of local bodies, Use of Frontier Technologies in Reconstruction of Nepal, Virtual reality and Mobile apps, GIS in Academia and Research at KU, Land use classification, forest fire risk analysis climate change, earthquake assessment, ice melt measure and so on.
The major attractions were Geospace Launch, Mapathon with local bodies of Dhulikhel municipality, Panel Discussion on the title “Need of Spatial Data based decision making for development of newly formed local bodies”.
With this formal part, the informal program was simultaneously conducted with Treasure Hunt, Go get the flag, mapathon, face painting, student project demonstration, UAV demonstration, stalls of different companies and mapping agencies with their geospatial technologies. Also, geomatics professionals from all over Nepal were invited along with representatives from organizations like Naxa Pvt Ltd, Survey Department, ADMC Pvt Ltd, GIS Pvt Ltd, Build Change and so on.