Indian National Cartographic Association

Introduction
              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.

INCA is devoted to the cause of cartography as a graphic mode of communication. It has  in  its fold  many eminent scholars,  professionals  and  industrialists  as Honorary Fellows, Life Fellows, Life Members, Members, Associate Members and Student Members. The majority of its  members  are practicing  Cartographers from Organizations like Survey of India, Geological Survey  of  India,  National   Hydrographic  Office, National  Remote   Sensing  Agency, Space Application  Centre, National Atlas  &  Thematic Mapping Organization, State Remote Sensing Agencies,  Universities,  Private  Industries  and  other  Scientific  and  Research  Organizations spread all over India.

Aims And Objectives
  • To foster cartographic research in the country.
  • To co-operate with professional organizations of cognate disciplines and to promote   academic interaction within an inter-disciplinary frame.
  • To co-operate with international organizations with similar objectives.
  • To improve the teaching of cartography at all levels.
  • To foster co-operation between Government and Quasi-Government organizations, Research Institutions for the advancement of cartography.
  • To hold a National Cartographic Conference, ordinarily, once in a year,and
  • Generally, to take such measures as may help to secure for cartography its legitimate  place in national life and to strengthen among cartographers a sense of national     responsibility and professional efficiency.
Activities
                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.

INCA Conferences
YEAR VENUE THEME                PRESIDENT             
1979Hyderabad New Trends in Cartography Maj. Gen. K.L. Khosla
1980Pune Maps as Tools of Analysis & Communication Maj. Gen. K.L. Khosla
1981Calcutta Thematic Mapping and Surveying : Problems, Trends & Techniques Prof. S. Manzoor Alam
1982Madras Map Makers & Users Prof. S.P. Dasgupta
1985Srinagar Cartography in National Planning Brig. M.M. Datta
1986Trivandrum Cartography in Environmental Planning Prof. A. Ramesh
1987Ahmedabad Satellite Images in Cartographic Applications.  Lt. Col. (Dr.) L.R.A. Narayana
1988Mysore Cartography and Planning Prof. P.D. Mahadev
1989Dehra Dun Digital Cartography and Potential Users Maj. Gen. S.M. Chadha
1990Bombay Advances in Cartography Prof. B. Arunachalam
1991Hyderabad Cartography and Geo-Information System for Planning Prof. B.L. Deekshatulu
1992New Delhi Mapping of Environment and Sustainable Development Prof. Majid Husain
1993Dehra Dun Cartography-The Technological Transition Maj. Gen. D.P. Gupta
1994Bangalore Mapping from Space- Cartographic Challenges Sh. A.K.S. Gopalan
1995Indore Cartography- Emerging Technologies and Alliances Sh. B.M.L. Sharma
1996New Delhi Carto-Vision 2001- Earth Resources Management Lt. Gen. S.P. Mehta
1997Chandigarh Cartography and Administration Prof. Gopal Krishan
1998Calcutta Cartography in Action Dr. P. Nag
1999Goa Modern Cartography for Ocean and Land Management Rear Admiral K.R.Sirinivasan
2000Dehra Dun Cartographic Challenges at the Dawn of New Millenium Lt. Gen. A.K. Ahuja
2001Hyderabad Cartography & E-Governance Prof. Afzal Mohammad
2002Ahmedabad Convergence of Imagery, Information and Maps Sh. A.R. Dasgupta
2003Dehradun Cartography for Sustainable Development from village level upwards Maj Gen (Dr) B.C.Roy
2004Kolkata Cartographic Technologies for Water, Land & Infrastructure Development Sh G.N.Saha
2005Sagar Bridging the Digital divide, and taking Cartography to Grassroots level Dr.J.L.Jain
2006New Delhi Cartography Expanding Horizons Maj. Gen. Gopal Rao
2007Visakhapatnam Cartography for Costal Management Rear Admiral B.R. Rao
2008GandhinagarCollaborative Mapping and Space TechnologyDr P. K. Srivastava
 2009 Salt Lake  Kolkata Technological Solutions in Urban & Regional Mapping Shri. A.K. Malik
2010DehradunCartography for Sustainable EnvironmentMaj. Gen.Manoj Tayal
2011ChandigarhCartography for Disaster ManagementProf. Suryakant
2012DelhiGeo-Spatial Solutions for Mapping & Managing Natural Resources Rear Admiral S.K.Jha
2013Jodhpur Integrated Decentralize Planning: Geospatial thinking,ICT and Good GovernanceDr. V.K.Dadhwal
2014Hyderabad
2015New Delhi Spatial Governance for Development,Planning Smart Cities and Disaster ManagementProf. (Dr.) Anuradha Banerjee
2016ShantiniketanCartography for Analysis and Management of Climate ChangeProf.(Dr.) V.C.Jha