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Esri India Announces Scholarships for developing a GIS skilled workforce

Esri India, the country’s leading Geographic Information System (GIS) Software & Solutions provider, has announced INR 10 lakh worth of scholarships for 10 deserving students at the post-graduate level. The Scholarship Program will run for 10 years.

India’s geospatial technology industry is expected to grow at 12.8% to be around ₹63,100 crores by 2025. The adoption of GIS is increasing phenomenally in varied industries and accordingly, the need for a geospatially skilled workforce is increasing multifold. Through these scholarships, Esri India would encourage students to gain competence in GIS and build a fruitful career.

The merit-based scholarships of INR 1 lakh each will be awarded to post-graduate students pursuing the M.Tech (Geoinformatics) program in selected colleges and universities of the country. The scholarship aims to prepare the students for a career as geoinformatics analysts, data scientists, GIS developers, GIS engineers, and other in-demand professionals.

Commenting on the development, Agendra Kumar, Managing Director, Esri India said, ”There is an increased demand for GIS skilled professionals across sectors. The use of GIS technology is not only crucial for creating a sustainable future but also for driving growth to take India towards its goal of building a $5 trillion economy. According to government estimates, the increased usage of GIS is likely to create 10 lakh jobs by 2025. This M.Tech scholarship will encourage students to gain higher competence in GIS and help them become job ready. This is one of the many steps taken by Esri India to strengthen the geospatial skill development in the country.”

Esri India has been collaborating with academic institutes at all levels by way of learning resources, events, and training programs so that students can embark on GIS education, training, and research in a timely manner. The company has been promoting GIS know-how through various programs like Esri India GIS Academy Program (EIGAP), Young Scholar Contest, mApp Your Way, and more.

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