Bioinformation, remote sensing and GIS are the upcoming fields not only in forestry but also in every field of life. The application of these technologies have been recognised and applauded for their accuracy, rapidity and economic considerations.
Bioinformatics and GIS division was established in May 2008 then its rename with FOREST INFORMATICS in March,2010. The Division consists of Bioinfornatics centre, GIS cell and Information Technology Cell. The Bioinformatics centre was established under a DBT funded project, ‘Creation of Bioinformatics Infrastructure facility for Biology teaching’. The development of Remote Sensing and GIS was initiated in the Forest Soil & Land Reclamation Division in 2006. However, the state- of -art laboratories cum class room for Bioinformatics and Geomatics was established in February 2009 in the main building of FRI, Dehradun.
Soon after the its establishment, the laboratory has remained occupied with activities pertaining to education, training and extension.
A workshop cum Training program, ‘Applications of Biodiversity Informatics in Forestry’ was organised on February 24-25 2009. It was sponsored by DBT.
Training on the application and operation of ArcInfo 9.3 software was imparted to 12 officers of FRI from Feb. 6 to 10, 2009.
The students of FRI University are being delivered lectures on remote sensing, GIS and GPS from 18th March 2009.
A Satellite Interactive Terminal (EDUSAT) was installed and commissioned in the FRI University. The students of FRI University will be benefited by participating in the live programs on remote sensing, GIS and GPS. They will be registered and given a certificate after passing the exam. Several other programs on the topics of interest like environment, climate change etc. are also being received and recorded. The information regarding these programs is circulated and the program is shown in the Conference Hall of FRI University.