Conference

Invitation

The National Hydrographic Office, Dehradun, India, has the honour of inviting all the professionals interested in the field of Cartography/GIS and allied subjects as well as various disciplines of their application viz. Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Hydro-meteorology, Marine Geomorphology, Coastal Resource Management and Environmental Planning etc. to participate in the forthcoming 37th International Congress of Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA), being held at Dehradun, Uttarakhand, during 01-03 November 2017.

The Congress

Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA) is an inter- disciplinary institution originally between Geographers and Cartographers which is now shared by a host of premier public and private bodies. Since its inception, Cartography in India has seen many changes. Re-christened since then as GIS or Geoinformatics, it is today a multifaceted and highly composite broad subject, rolling several disciplines and multi-dimensional association, which was established in 1979 at Hyderabad as its head quarters, with the following aims:

The Host

The Naval Hydrographic Department (NHD), a specialised branch of the Indian Navy functions under the Chief Hydrographer to the Govt. of India. The Organisation is a direct descendant of Marine Survey of India founded in 1874 by the British with its office at Kolkata. The Naval Hydrographic Office at its present location in Dehradun was established in 1954 which has been renamed as the “National Hydrographic Office” (NHO) in 1997. NHO is the national authority for publication of navigational charts and publications essentially required for safe navigation of ships. The NHO provides reliable and updated information for safety of navigation at sea as per SOLAS regulations and for the exploration and exploitation of natural resources/projects of economic importance at sea through detailed surveys and research programmes. It interacts with various agencies at National/International level in the field of Hydrography and Oceanography including Coastal Zone management, environmental protection, on norms laid down by International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). The field surveys areas executed by eight ocean going surveying ships fully fitted with state of the art equipment. Data collected by the ships are thoroughly examined by the experienced Hydrographers/Cartographers at the Dehradun office and published as navigational paper and electronic charts and allied publications meeting the specified IHO standards for the use of the sea going community.

About Dehradun

Dehradun, the capital of the newly formed state of Uttarakhand is visited by a large number of tourist every year, many of them en-route to Mussoorie. Nestled in the gorgeous mountain ranges of the Himalayas, the climate of the city is temperate even during summer; it is not so warm at Dehradun. Dehradun is one of the fast emerging modern cities in North India. The city boasts of many National Institutes like the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), and the Indian Military Academy (IMA) besides a host of prestigious public schools. Dehradun has been one of the best known educational centres in Northern India. The city is well connected by road, rail and air. A few of the prominent locales around Dehradun are:

Mussoorie

The Queen of Hills, is located about 28 Kms from Dehradun and amongst the most popular hill stations in India. It's a leisure traveller's and honeymooner's paradise that captivates the onlookers. A perfect summer resort and a major educational and cultural centre rolled into one hub. Places to see in Mussoorie include the Gun Hill, Mal Road, Mussoorie Lake, Landour, Camel's Back Road, Laltibba, Sir George Everest House, Tibetan Temple, Municipal Gardens/Company Bagh; Kempty Falls is located 15 kms away from Mussoorie.

Rishikesh

The pilgrimage town of Rishikeshis about 40 Kms from Dehradun. Rishikesh is also considered as the Gateway to the Himalayas. The Char DhamYatra (Four Shrines sacred journey) generally begins from Rishikesh.

Haridwar

About 50 Kms from Dehradun is one of the most ancient pilgrimage centres in India that has been held in reverence from time immemorial. Haridwar is literally theGateway to the Lord (Hari-Dwar). As the point of entry to Dev Bhoomi and Char Dham (the four main shrines situated in the upper reach of the Himalayas, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand) it acquires its name Haridwar.

How to Reach

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is a domestic airport located at about 20 km away from city centre. Taxi cabs are available from the airport to city. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi. Nearest International airport is Delhi, which is about 235 km away. Dehradun is a major railway station which is connected to all cities in the country. The major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Chennai, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Ujjain, Indore, are connected by express trains and super fast trains. All nearby cities are connected to Dehradun by State owned Uttarakhand transport buses. There are overnight deluxe A/C bus services of Uttarakhand Tourism from New Delhi to Dehradun. A distance of 235 km from Delhi to Dehradun costs about ` 600 by deluxe bus. The venue for the conference is the NHO which is about 5 kms from the Dehradun railway station and 30 kms from Jolly Grant airport.

Weather & Clothing

Throughout the month of November, daytime temperatures will generally reach a high of around 26°C. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 17°C. In recent times the highest recorded temperature in November has been 33°C, with the lowest recorded temperature 9°C. Normal cotton / light woollen clothes are suggested for the day and woollen clothes for the evenings.

Accommodation

The registration fee does not include accommodation. Dehradun has large number of hotels ranging from luxury to Star hotels. All efforts would be made to arrange accommodation for the delegates in different hotels, guest house/hostels. The delegates shall be required to pay the accommodation charges in addition to registration fees. The accommodation charges may vary from ₹1000 to ₹9000. Those who need assistance in reserving accommodation may intimate it at the earliest. The above rates are only indicative and may vary. INCA will arrange accommodation only for the Congress duration. The guest house accommodation will be available on payment and on first come first serve basis.