A few years back, going to the school was mere a responsibility, and not a delight. However, things are changing drastically. With the advent of smart technologies in the education sector, classrooms are getting smarter and students are becoming intelligent.
That said, to e-mentor students with next generation technologies, an Indian company Esri India has launched GeoMentor Program for students. The program is focused on encouraging the GIS enthusiasts and practitioners in India to come forward and skill school students in India in GIS technology. GeoMentors would be empowered with course material, training, and support infrastructure to equip them, become a mentor for school within their region and community.
New emerging technologies are opening up new ways of learning and understanding our world. GIS will help students view, understand and analyze data in different subjects, not just geography, but chemistry, physics, history, arts, environmental studies, civics, and many more. GIS is used as an inquiry-driven and problem-solving platform and provides career options that are increasingly in demand. It helps students think critically use real data, and connects them to their own community.
Esri India has taken many initiatives in bridging the current skill gap in India with respect to GIS technology. The GeoMentor program is an extension to the K 12 program launched by the company, which aimed at educating students about GIS technology. Some of the leading schools in Delhi-NCR including Tagore International, Deep Public School, Scottish High School, Maharaja Agrasen School, Basant Valley Global School, Sai Memorial Girls school have already collaborated with the company for this initiative. Esri India recently launched the EIGAP program for teaching, learning, and research purposes. ArcGIS, the flagship platform, is available to universities nationally at a special price. The company has been promoting GIS know-how through other programs like GIS Academia Council and mApp Your Way.