Right to Information Act 2005

Chapter 2: Particulars of Organization, Functions And Duties

9.1 Vision :To empower and serve the Nation through development of Space and Geo-spatial Technologies, its applications/solutions/services in accordance to governance principles for socio-economic welfare of the Society.

9.2 Objectives:

  • To develop and integrate various technologies such as Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Photogramemetry, Cartography, GIS, GNSS, AI, Mobile app, Data bases, ERP, MIS, Web etc. in modular environment
  • To Create and organize authenticated, compatible, standardized, large scale, Multipurpose Geo-spatial data bases in collaboration with Government Ministries, National/State organizations and agencies.
  • To design databases with horizontal and vertical linkages for efficient use in decision making, analysis and planning.
  • To develop and Institutionalize Geo-spatial applications/solutions as per the definition of the stake holders under their ownership
  • To integrate Governance processes in an integrated technology based system to provide holistic solution as per regulations/guidelines etc.
  • To establish upgrade and maintained and operational TV broadcast and Satellite based communication as National facility for education, capacity building, empowerment, training, skill development etc
  • To achieve excellence in emerging technologies such as AI, Big-data Analysis, Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain etc. through advance Research & Development.
  • Capacity Building

    1. To support startups and entrepreneurs in Geo-spatial technologies
    2. To establish a finishing school in advance Geo-spatial
    3. To support International community in development and application of Geo-spatial technologies through a Government approved programme
  • To develop and promote the culture of a market to encourage and nurture industry oriented design and development.
  • To purchase, lease, hire, exchange or otherwise acquire any movable or immovable property and the sell, lease, dispose off, exchange, invest and deal with bonds money, Securities and all kind of movable or immovable properties for all or any of the objectives for which the Society is established.
  • To levy and receive money in connection with the activities of the Society including grants/loans as and when received from Government or from other authorized sources.
  • All the income, earnings, movable, immovable properties of the Society shall be solely utilized and applied towards the promotion of its aims and objective only as set forth in the Memorandum of Association and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividends, bonus, profits, or in any manner whatsoever to the present Members of the Society or to any person claiming through any one or more of the present Members. No member of the Society shall have any personal claim on any movable or immovable properties of the Society or make any profit, whatsoever, by virtue of his membership.
  • The Society will be a non-profit making Society & any excess of income over expenditure would form a Corpus fund, which would be utilized in furtherance of the objectives of the Society.
  • To do all other such activities which are incidental/ancillary for achieving the above objectives of the Society.

9.3 Origin and Short History:

    About BISAG-N

    Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics{BISAG-N} is an Autonomous Scientific Society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 under the MeitY, Government of India to undertake technology development & management, research & development, facilitate National & International cooperation, capacity building and support technology transfer & entrepreneurship development in area of geo-spatial technology.

    BISAG-N has three main domain areas: Satellite Communication, Geo-informatics and Geo-spatial technology

    Government has established State-of-the-art infrastructure at BISAG-N for distance education. It consists of 10 Broadcasting Studios, Content Development Facility and Telecast facility. Telecast facility includes two uplink teleports( 11m and 9.3m) in Ku band and uplink setup. At present, this infrastructure is being used to telecast 51 educational DTH TV channels which includes 16 channels under ‘VANDE Gujarat’ banner Government of Gujarat, 34 channels under ‘SWAYAM Prabha’ by Ministry of Human Resource Development and‘DigiShala’ by MeitY on 24x7 basis.

    BISAG-N has implemented GIS and geo-spatial technologies for major Ministries and almost all States. For this purpose, geo-spatial science (GIS Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Photogrammetry, GPS, Cell Phone etc.), Information Science System (MIS, Database, ERP, Project Management, Web, Artificial Intelligence etc.) and Mathematics Science System (Geometry, Fluid, Mechanics, Trigonometry, Algebra etc.) have been integrated in-house by BISAG-N. These technology solutions are provided on open source, achieving very significant cost efficiencies.

    As the geo-spatial technology is likely to be the backbone of all innovations, governance, business activities, security, social development, resource management and infrastructure development, to conduct massive exercises for implementing National level GIS at all districts, a GIS platform will help accelerate rollout of services in Smart Cities, and will support the use of Internet of Things and other Mega-ICT initiatives. BISAG-N facilitates this process.

    BISAG-N ensures the usage of authenticated and relevant datasets for implementation of GIS based decision support system(s).

    BISAG-N is to support MeitY in reviewing and studying the existing practices in GIS domain across the Government and related sectors. It helpsthe Government to come out with suitable policy on GIS technology for Government usage.

    Beyond the mapping of the geographical features, BISAG-NhelpS Ministries/Departments of the Central as well as State Governments to apply geo-spatial technologies in an innovative manner, to improve the effective roll out of e-governance services for the common citizens.


    BISAG was a State level agency of Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat, located at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.BISAG is formerly known as Remote Sensing and Communication Centre (RESECO), started its operations in April 1997. Itwas renamed after the great Indian Mathematician of the 12th century, "Bhaskaracharya"as "Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics" in December 2003. Now, it has evolved into the ISO 9001:2008, ISO 27001:2005 and CMMI:[Level 5] certified institute

    Its charter is based on the philosophy that modern day planning for a holistic development calls for transparent, efficient and low-cost decision-making systems. This involves multi-disciplinary information that encourages people’s participation and ensures equitable development. The application of space technologies (especially the space based remote sensing technology), satellite communication and geo-informatics has contributed significantly towards the socio-economic development.

    Since 2010, BISAG has evolved into a Centre of Excellence, where research and innovations are combined with the requirements of users. It acts as a value added service provider, a technology developer and as a facilitator for providing direct benefits of space technologies to the grass root level functions/functionaries.

    Government of Gujarat has been extensively using space and geo-Informatics technology in all its sectors of governance through BISAG. Around 600 geo-spatial layers have been created and data from the grass roots level is being integrated into the system. In addition, as part of universalization of education through DTH TV, 51 TV channels are being operated by BISAG which includes 16 channels under ‘VANDE Gujarat’ banner Government of Gujarat, 34 channels under ‘SWAYAM Prabha’ by Ministry of Human Resource Development and‘DigiShala’ by MeitY.

    MeitY, GoI recognized the opportunity to consolidate work that had been done already in the GIS domain and launched a GIS based Decision Support System (DSS)/ platform under National Centre of Geo-informatics (NCoG) in technical collaboration with BISAG on December 31, 2015. The platform is envisaged as a single source GIS platform for sharing, collaborating, and undertaking location based analytics; act as an efficient, decision support system that caters to the requirements of the Central and State Government departments/ agencies/ CPSEs across the country; and provide G2G, G2B and G2C services.

    In view of the above developments, on June 1, 2020, Government has elevated Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG)as a Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics{BISAG-N}, an Autonomous Scientific Society under the MeitY, Government of India to undertake technology development & management, research & development, facilitate National & International cooperation, capacity building and support technology transfer & entrepreneurship development in area of geo-spatial technology.

    9.4 The functions and duties of BISAG-N are:

    1. To act as a nodal agency to help planning process related to natural resources and environment
    2. To prepare baseline inventory of resources on a spatial format at different levels of details and hierarchy (scale, admininstrative / physical units).
    3. To organise a State Resources Information System.
    4. To develop approaches for integrated resources data management.
    5. To participate in national level projects/activities for the State.
    6. To carry out projects and provide services/consultancy based on specific user needs (both Govt. and private).
    7. To provide training to staff of different departments in the use of Remote Sensing outputs for their planning/ developmental activities.
    8. To carry out research and development activities to improve upon the methods of analysis and techniques of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System.
    9. Library and documentation.
    10. To identify in consultation with various user departments their needs for dissemination of information.
    11. To identify in consultation with various departments their needs for training and regular tele-conferencing, talkback etc.
    12. To prepare a calendar of such activities keeping in view the satellite facilities available.
    13. To prepare software for training programme.
    14. To maintain and manage up-link facilities and the studio.
    15. To conduct academic programmes for HR development in Geo-informatics.

24.1 Main Activities

The major activities of the centre are grouped here under:

  • Satellite Communication: For promotion and facilitation of the use of teleconferencing networks for distant interactive training, education and extensions
  • Remote Sensing Applications: For inventory, mapping, developmental planning and monitoring of natural and man-made resources.
  • Geographic Information System: Conceptualizing, creating and organizing multi-purpose common digital database for sectoral / integrated decision support systems.
  • Software Development: For wider usage of geo-spatial applications; and to provide decision support systems to the users at low cost.
  • Education, Research and Training: Academy for Geo-informatics provides education, research, training facilities and promotes technology transfer to a large number of end users and collaborators.

24.2 Services and Products: Most of the geo-informatics services of BISAG-N are for various Government departments. The Satellite Communication services are for training, education, Skill development, agriculture, Health, Awareness, extension etc . BISAG-N has developed software products.

The centre shall provide services to the user departments of the Government on no profit no loss basis.

No benefaction shall be accepted by the society which in its opinion involves conditions or obligations opposed to the spirit and objects of the institute.

24.3 Organisation Chart


24.4 Expectations from the stakeholders: BISAG-N expects its stakeholders (various Government departments) to continue availing services for geo-informatics. The departments need more focused efforts for utilizing satellite based communication facility. Stake holders are also expected to avail benefit of training facilities for geo-informatics.

24.5 Arrangements for Public participation: As such public in general have no direct linkages for the work carried out by BISAG-N. However participation of the Institute in Scientific and Information fairs does give an opportunity to educate the public.

24.6 Monitoring of Services and system for redressal of public complaint

  • Services are monitored by the Government , Governing Council and Executive Committee as per scope of work. Direct redressal of public complaints is by PIO and APIO appointed for providing information and for redressal of complaints.

24.7 Address of various suboffices:

Gandhinagar Office:

Near CH-0 Circle,
Indulal Yagnik Marg,
Gandhinagar-382 007
Gujarat, India.

Delhi Office:

Ground Floor, Electronics Niketan,
Ministry of Electronics and IT,
6, CGO Complex,
New Delhi – 110003


+91 9909945001


+91 79 3213091

24.8 Office Timings:

Regular Office Hours: 10:30 am to 6:10 pm