Founded on 7th August, 1979 at Hyderabad, the Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA) has evolved into one of the biggest organizations of its kind in the world. From a modest beginning with 79 members on its role initially, today it is a professional body with around 3000 Life Members and 84 Institutional Life Members. It has Branches functioning at Bangalore, Bombay, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Dehra Dun, Delhi, Gujarat, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Kerala, Orissa and Tamilnadu.
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In order to achieve the above objectives, INCA organizes several programmes. It has so far conducted Twenty five National / International conferences at various places in India. These conferences are attended by experts from not only India but also from other countries. The conference provides an ideal platform for interaction among Professionals, Academicians, Scientists and Industrialists engaged in cartographic activities, presentation of their work and discussing important issues concerning Cartographic profession.
A technical exhibition along with a vendor presentation held along with the congress provides an ideal platform for the industry to display their state of art equipment and an opportunity to the delegates to get a glimpse into the technological developments in the field of Cartography.
Technical lectures, as a part of the Todar Mal Memorial Lecture Series and S.P.Chatterjee Memorial Lecture Series are delivered by eminent persons during the Annual Congress. A GIS Workshop is organised by INCA every year for Professionals from Universities and Research Organisations. This workshop affords an opportunity for University Teachers and Scientists to get an insight of the latest technology in GIS.
The INCA in association with its Branches also conducts an Annual Map Quiz Program for school children, “INCA-National Map Quiz” (formerly called Geo Map Quiz), consists of both Indoor & Outdoor Map reading exercises, and is looked forward by both school teachers and students and has become one of the most prestigious program among the school children across the country. Thousands of children from various schools all over the country participate in the Map Quiz Program which has gained immense popularity over the years. The Association publishes its in-house journal named “Indian Cartographer” which is a compilation of technical papers presented at the annual conference. These papers have earned wide acclaim for their high academic and professional standards. A news letter, highlighting the main activities, is also brought out annually.
|1979||Hyderabad||New Trends in Cartography||Maj. Gen. K.L. Khosla|
|1980||Pune||Maps as Tools of Analysis & Communication||Maj. Gen. K.L. Khosla|
|1981||Calcutta||Thematic Mapping and Surveying : Problems, Trends & Techniques||Prof. S. Manzoor Alam|
|1982||Madras||Map Makers & Users||Prof. S.P. Dasgupta|
|1985||Srinagar||Cartography in National Planning||Brig. M.M. Datta|
|1986||Trivandrum||Cartography in Environmental Planning||Prof. A. Ramesh|
|1987||Ahmedabad||Satellite Images in Cartographic Applications.||Lt. Col. (Dr.) L.R.A. Narayana|
|1988||Mysore||Cartography and Planning||Prof. P.D. Mahadev|
|1989||Dehra Dun||Digital Cartography and Potential Users||Maj. Gen. S.M. Chadha|
|1990||Bombay||Advances in Cartography||Prof. B. Arunachalam|
|1991||Hyderabad||Cartography and Geo-Information System for Planning||Prof. B.L. Deekshatulu|
|1992||New Delhi||Mapping of Environment and Sustainable Development||Prof. Majid Husain|
|1993||Dehra Dun||Cartography-The Technological Transition||Maj. Gen. D.P. Gupta|
|1994||Bangalore||Mapping from Space- Cartographic Challenges||Sh. A.K.S. Gopalan|
|1995||Indore||Cartography- Emerging Technologies and Alliances||Sh. B.M.L. Sharma|
|1996||New Delhi||Carto-Vision 2001- Earth Resources Management||Lt. Gen. S.P. Mehta|
|1997||Chandigarh||Cartography and Administration||Prof. Gopal Krishan|
|1998||Calcutta||Cartography in Action||Dr. P. Nag|
|1999||Goa||Modern Cartography for Ocean and Land Management||Rear Admiral K.R.Sirinivasan|
|2000||Dehra Dun||Cartographic Challenges at the Dawn of New Millenium||Lt. Gen. A.K. Ahuja|
|2001||Hyderabad||Cartography & E-Governance||Prof. Afzal Mohammad|
|2002||Ahmedabad||Convergence of Imagery, Information and Maps||Sh. A.R. Dasgupta|
|2003||Dehradun||Cartography for Sustainable Development from village level upwards||Maj Gen (Dr) B.C.Roy|
|2004||Kolkata||Cartographic Technologies for Water, Land & Infrastructure Development||Sh G.N.Saha|
|2005||Sagar||Bridging the Digital divide, and taking Cartography to Grassroots level||Dr.J.L.Jain|
|2006||New Delhi||Cartography Expanding Horizons||Maj. Gen. Gopal Rao|
|2007||Visakhapatnam||Cartography for Costal Management||Rear Admiral B.R. Rao|
|2008||Gandhinagar||Collaborative Mapping and Space Technology||Dr P. K. Srivastava|
|2009||Salt Lake Kolkata||Technological Solutions in Urban & Regional Mapping||Shri. A.K. Malik|
|2010||Dehradun||Cartography for Sustainable Environment||Maj. Gen.Manoj Tayal|
|2011||Chandigarh||Cartography for Disaster Management||Prof. Suryakant|
|2012||Dehradun||Cartography for Sustainable Earth Resource Management||Rear Admiral S.K.Jha|
|2013||Jodhpur||Integrated Decentralize Planning: Geospatial thinking,ICT and Good Governance||Dr. V.K.Dadhwal|
|2015||New Delhi||Spatial Governance for Development,Planning Smart Cities and Disaster Management||Prof. (Dr.) Anuradha Banerjee|
|2016||Shantiniketan||Cartography for Analysis and Management of Climate Change||Prof.(Dr.) V.C.Jha|
|2017||Dehradun||Geoinformatics for Carto-diversity and its Management||Vice Admiral V.Badhwar|
|2018||Hyderabad||Emerging Technologies in Cartography||V Raghu Venkataraman