About Us

Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics{BISAG} 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 has three main domain areas: Satellite Communication, Geo-informatics and Geo-spatial technology.

Government has established State-of-the-art infrastructure at BISAG 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 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. 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 facilitates this process.

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

BISAG 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 helps 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-N 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}, 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.