India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy. In the wake of the recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, it is necessary for us to embark on some major science projects which have relevance to national needs and which will also be relevant for tomorrow’s technology. The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other. Haryana is a small and prospective state with wide variability of terrain characteristics and associated ecosystem. Compulsive demand of natural resources due to heavy demographic pressure and consequent over exploitation and misuse of the available resources which, if not properly managed and conserved, may lead to ecological threats. Such situation immediately call for scientific management of natural resources for achieving the twin objective of meeting the demands of human population and sustaining improving the environmental balance. Information derived from remote sensing data on natural resources and environment in conjunction with those conventionally obtain has the capability to provide the necessary inputs for developing viable plans for resources assessments, monitoring and management on scientific principles.
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