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New Delhi :Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI),Hydrabad, the training and capacity building wing of the  Geological Survey of India (GSI), under the Ministry of Mines, has recently launched its 24×7 website(https://training.gsiti.gsi.gov.in/)  for round-the-clock accessibility of various online training courses on Earth Sciences to its stakeholders. This is in tune with the Digital India Campaign of the Government of India.

The beta version of this site, designed for catering to the training needs of the geo-science fraternity, hosts over 33 recorded training courses (164 lecture videos) and awards completion certificates. Moreover, the day-to-day activities of GSITI like new training announcements and lists of nominated participants of ongoing programmes are regularly uploaded on this website. Over 12,380 participants have already registered on this website and are getting benefited from the rich technical content offered by this Institute, according to a PIB release.

Training and capacity building that enhances skill and efficiency is considered as the basic tenet for the growth of an organisation. With the intent of providing induction-level orientation training to the new incumbents of GSI, the Training Institute was established in 1976. Over the last 45 years, GSITI has expanded to nine training sites located at Hyderabad, Nagpur, Lucknow, Kolkata, Shillong, Raipur, Zawar (Rajasthan), Chitradurga (Karnataka), and Kuju (Jharkhand). Hyderabad Centre, with a full-fledged campus of its own, is designated as headquarters for all other eight centres.

Keeping with the latest development and trends in Earth sciences and priorities of the organisation, GSITI imparts various types of technical, administrative, and management training not only to the geo-scientists of GSI but also participants from state Department of Geology and Mines (DGMs), Central Organisations (like AMD, MECL, IBM, NMDC, CMPDI), Research Institutes (NGRI, WIHG, BSIP, JNARDDC, NHPC), IITs, NITs, and other Central and State Universities as well as other Earth Science organisations of the country. International geo-scientists are also being trained regularly by the Institute under the aegis of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) / Special Commonwealth Assistance for African Countries (SCAAP) programmes sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. GSITI also conducts repeated programmes of ISRO and ONGC.

In the last one decade (2010 to 2020), GSITI has undertaken 1,207 training courses while imparting knowledge in different domains to 27,902 participants from International communities, DGMs, University faculty, and research scholars along with the employees of GSI. In 2020-21, GSITI resorted to e-Training and blended (both online and offline) mode in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and imparted 194 training for 21,112 participants in 1,810 training days.

Besides,  bringing the training courses of GSITI to the general public, the purpose of this website is to draw attention of the student community towards the subject of Geo-sciences and its importance in nation-building.

Similarly, under the BHUVISAMVAD, the flagship programme of the Ministry of Mines, facilitating interaction among GSI professionals with academia, GSITI has successfully interacted with /trained 27,819 students/scholars/faculty members.

The Geological Survey of India (GSI) was set up in 1851 primarily to find coal deposits for the Railways. Over the years, GSI has not only grown into a repository of geo-science information required in various fields in the country but has also attained the status of a geo-scientific organisation of international repute.