With the new academic session set to begin soon, a University in New Delhi will host a unique set of students-- officers of paramilitary forces like CRPF stationed in Naxal-affected states.
The disaster management studies centre at the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University will impart skills in satellite data reading, interpretation of the Geographic Information System (GIS) for areas and terrains similar to the ones in Maoist-dominated zones.
"The officers --drawn from CRPF, ITBP, BSF and other such paramilitary 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 told PTI.
The five-day course, starting June 28 will have a batch of about 30 officers-- major chunk from the CRPF --attending various classes divided into equal aspects of practicals and theory.
The satellite data can be used for 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.
"We superimpose images from a representative area to practical conditions to impart the training to these officers," she said.
The CRPF, BSF and ITBP are the three central para-military forces present in the Maoist combat zone currently and the knowledge of topography and geographical features has been a challenge for the troops of these forces in order to launch operations and also thwart attacks and ambushes against them.
According to Kaur, who has been regularly conducting such sessions for officers and personnel of various state police forces, the 'Greyhounds' force of Andhra Pradesh among others, such special courses make the men on the field adept to use the technology for their benefit.
Paramilitary officers say that if they can have the aid of satellite imagery, especially in states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa, they can plan and execute their operations efficiently.