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GSITI Hyderabad Receives “Athi Uttam” Accreditation

Accreditation of Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI) by NABET

The Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI), operating under the Ministry of Mines, has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET). This recognition is a testament to the institute’s commendable services and the high standards it upholds in the realm of earth science training. The evaluation was conducted by a team comprising members from the Capacity Building Commission (CBC), NABET, and the Quality Control of India. They thoroughly inspected the institute’s various levels of standard operating procedures and methodologies. Subsequently, GSITI was granted the Certificate of Accreditation with the distinguished grading of “Athi Uttam.”

Overview of GSITI and its Regional Training Divisions and Field Training Centers

  • GSITI was established in 1976 and is headquartered in Hyderabad. It operates under the Ministry of Mines and comprises six Regional Training Divisions (RTDs) located in Hyderabad, Nagpur, Jaipur, Lucknow, Kolkata, and Shillong. Additionally, there are four Field Training Centers (FTCs) situated in Chitradurga (Karnataka), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Zawar (Rajasthan), and Kuju (Jharkhand).
  • These centers were established in line with the Ministry of Mines’ vision to provide various trainings in geology to professionals, teachers, researchers, and students in the field of geoscience. GSITI serves as a national training facility, offering training and capacity building programs to a wide range of stakeholders, including central and state departments, public sector undertakings (PSUs) such as MECL, ONGC, OIL, NMDC, national academic institutions like IITs, central universities, colleges, and other educational institutions.
  • The institute conducts regular courses on remote sensing under the NNRMS Programme, which is sponsored by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). With its international reputation, GSITI also provides training to participants from developing nations through the ITEC programme, sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs. To date, professionals from 75 nations have received training at the institute.

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Specialized Training Courses Offered by GSITI

GSITI delivers domain-specific and terrain-specific training programs through its center in Hyderabad, as well as the Regional Training Divisions (RTDs) and Field Training Centers (FTCs) located throughout the country. These programs are designed to enhance competencies in various domains. Participants can acquire skills in mapping techniques for different terrains, including the Himalayas, as well as exploration methods to target mineralized zones such as Gold, Diamond, Copper, Lithium, Rare Earth Elements (REE), Iron, and Manganese.

Other courses cover topics such as photo-geology and remote sensing, geographic information systems, petrology, geochronology, geophysics, analytical methods in chemistry, environmental and urban geology, and natural hazard mitigation. Moreover, GSITI offers courses aimed at upgrading the functional competencies of employees. The institute also recognizes the importance of behavioral competencies and ensures that relevant topics are included in the training curriculum for officials.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Geological Survey of India Founder: Thomas Oldham;
  • Geological Survey of India Founded: 4 March 1851;
  • Geological Survey of India Parent organization: Ministry of Mines;
  • Geological Survey of India Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

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