Geospatial technology is useful as a planning and decision making tool for resources management. – Dr. Kutubuddin Beg

Dr. Kutubuddin Beg
Geologist, Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS Expert

Dr. Kutubuddin Beg is currently working in Remote Sensing Division, Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra) Jaipur campus (Rajasthan). Previous he worked with Department of IT&C, Govt. of Rajasthan as consultant GIS expert (on deputation) and B.M. Birla Science & Technology Centre, Jaipur. Dr. Beg has total 14 year experience since June 2005. He is currently Life member of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), Mahakoshal Vigyan Parishad and membership of Geological Survey of India. Dr. Beg has published many research papers in National and International Journal and participated. Besides of research publications, he has completed many ISRO sponsored and DST sponsored projects.

Dr. Beg has good academic records and have excellent knowledge in the field of Geology, Hydrology, Remote sensing, GIS, Watershed development and management, Natural resource development and management and Digital Image Processing. He has very good command in GIS software and skill to interpretation and classification of Very High Resolution (VHR) Satellite Images.

Q1. Please share your educational journey?

I was born in Chitrakoot and did my schooling from Chitrakoot (M.P.). After that I completed Graduation in Geology from Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya, Chitrakoot (M.P.). I love Geology and I had been selected in M.Tech Applied Geology from Dr. Hari Singh Gour University Sagar (M.P.) and completed M.Tech. in Applied Geology.  I did M.Tech. dissertation work from Geological Survey of India (GSI), Rajasthan under the guidance of Dr. B.B. Sharma sir, Sr. Geologist. During the period of training, I learnt many aspect of mineral exploration techniques including surface geological mapping, drilling techniques, core logging, core sampling, measurement of deviation by HF method, bore hole camera method, bore hole logging by geophysical method, preparation of bore hole cross section, preparation of level plan, LVS method, Geochemical sampling, Ore reserve estimation near GSI camp, Sindesar khurd, Rajsamand District. I also visited Rajpura Dariba and Sindesar khurd underground mines M/s Hindustan Zinc Limited and learnt general geology of deposit, Underground geological mapping, Ore reserve classification and estimation during the period of training.

P.G. Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS course completed from Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Viswavidyalaya, Chitrakoot (M.P.). I did Six month dissertation work from RRSC, ISRO Centre Jodhpur under the guidance of Dr. B.K. Bhadra sir. The project work completed by me in the field of Disaster Management special reference to Seismic Hazard zonation mapping and prepare a development and management plan using GIS software (ArcGIS software, ERDAS Imagine).. The topic of the report was “Disaster management due to Seismic hazards in Jodhpur District, Western Rajasthan using GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing techiques”. We did field work in and around of Jodhpur using handheld Garmin GPS.

 I did Ph.D. in Geology from Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya (MGCGV) under the guidance of Dr. Ravi Chaurey Sir, Associate Professor and course Incharge M.Sc. Applied Geology, Department of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Environment. Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya is located in Chitrakoot District Satna Madhya Pradesh (India).

Dr. Kutubuddin Beg
Geologist, Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS Expert

Q2. What is your Thesis Topic in Ph.D? Please share some brief about it

Ph.D. topic was “Integrated Geological and Geospatial approach for Natural Resource development and management of Birsinghpur area, District-Satna (M.P.)”. I selected this topic because integrated approaches for natural resource development and management in Birsinghpur study area is new concept and this kind of work has not been taken by any other researchers in this area. Most of the development work was not done in this area due to dacoit activity.  People are not getting safe drinking water and the area is comes under dark zone and little bit problematic region in terms of minor and major irrigation farming. The study area is coming under the vicinity of the Vindhyan hilly range which covers Bhander (Nagod) limestone, Ganurgarh (Simrawal) Shale and Govindgarh (Upper Rewa) Sandstone sub-group and located in North-East part of Satna District, Madhya Pradesh. I prepared sustainable development and management plan for Birsinghpur study area using high resolution satellite image. This study is a very useful to Farmers, NGOs, SHG’s, Zila Parishad, Researchers, Geologist, Scientist, Private and Govt. organisation, University students for prepare Natural resource development and management of any area/region.

Q3. Please share your professional journey?

Currently, I am working as Senior Technical Superintendent in Remote Sensing Division Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra Jaipur campus Rajasthan since February 2008. BIT deputed me at Department of IT&C, Govt. of Rajasthan as consultant GIS expert from Feb. 01, 2008 – July, 2009. I led a web-GIS project named as Rajasthan Urban Information System (RUIS) as well as developed new GIS projects.  Previous I worked with B. M. Birla Science & Technology Centre (BMBSTC) Jaipur Rajasthan since June 2005.

            I have delivered theoretical and practical aspects to P.G. students according to their course structure as well as field aspects mapping through Geoinformatics. I have completed student curriculum activity as checking of dissertation work, projects reports and training/ seminar of different universities P.G. student group. I have worked in many ISRO and DST sponsored projects and completed in GIS plateform using High Resolution Satellite Image. The completed projects list is very long but some of them are: (1) Monitoring of Integrated Watershed management programme (IWMP) for Gujarat sate: an ISRO sponsored project. In this project I monitored change analysis of IWMP projects on 1:10000 scale including Land covers, Vegetaion index and Activities using Bhuvan Web services (Shrishti) and Mobile App (Drishti). Each project has to be monitored for a period of 5 years from the date of implementation using high resoulution satellite image. (2) NRC Geomorphology and Lineament Mapping Project on 1: 50000 scale for Jammu & Kashmir State: anISRO sponsored project. In this project I did Geomorphology and Lineament mapping using high resolution satellite image in GIS platform with ISRO NRC extension tool. (3) Space based information support for Decentralized Planning (SIS-DP) on 1:10,000 scale for Rajasthan State: an ISRO sponsored 3D model project. In this project, I did Bundle Block Adjustment, Ortho-rectification and DEM Generation with the help of Stereo-pair of CartoSAT-1 Satellite Image using Leica Photogrametric ERDAS Software (Intergraph). (4) Development of NRDMS database for Dungarpur District in Rajasthan: a DST sponsored Project. In this project I did analysis of spatial and non-spatial datasets for generation of action plans at village levels.

            I visited Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashra, and Uttrakhand for ground field visit using GPS and DGPS technology. I am Life member of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), Mahakoshal Vigyan Parishad and membership of Geological Survey of India. I have published many research papers in National and International Journal and participated.

Dr. Kutubuddin Beg

Q4. What did attract you towards Geology, Remotes sensing and GIS?

Chitrakoot city is surrounded by the Vindhyan hill ranges. I was always curious to know about texture and structures of the Vindhyan hills. Remote sensing is a new emerging field of technological development and has made a very significant impact on the geological surveys and studies. Geology is a study of earth whereas over the past decade, advances in sensor technology, processing algorithms, and computational capacity have taken remote sensing to a level where observations can be transformed into quantitative and qualitative measurements and the technology can be used in near real-time for mapping, monitoring and decision-making. The rapid proliferation of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) into Geological mapping has increased the objectivity and efficiency of landform segmentation, measurement, and classification. Many times it happens that some places accessibility is limited for survey, at that time, through this techniques, we can survey in the lab itself using high resolution satellite image in GIS platform. Remote Sensing and GIS save time and are cost-effective technology to improve data gathering and analysis. That’s why I attract always towards Geology, Remote sensing and GIS.

Q5. What kind of hurdles did you face in your journey?

As you know that no one can survive their life without any challenges. Struggle is life. My life has had also many ups and downs but always i gave importance to my work. I seem to meet every challenge with confidence. On some level, you actually face many challenges. At that time you can get success with only of your experience. Everyday, I take a review of previous activities, learn and motivate from past mistakes and undesired outputs. I always discuss with my mentors to get updated knowledge for social, health, technology and current issues. I will always thankful to my parents for giving me good values ​​and valuable education.

Q6. What do you do in your free time? Do you update yourself in terms of education?

I almost spend my time with my family. In my spare time I like listening to music, watching movies. I also like to sing songs in the StarMaker app. I am sharing my knowledge in Youtube and blogs. You can always get in touch with my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/GeospatialOutlook and blogs: https://www.geospatial-outlook.blogspot.com.

Q7. Which one thing do you want to change in your industry and why?

Actually, most of the student’s don’t know about Geology and Remote Sensing subject. There are huge scope of employment in geology and Remote Sensing and the experts of this subject are lacking in the whole world. It is my suggestion to Government should start Geology and Remote Sensing course at school level. It is my personal suggestion to Universities and Institutions have to review their syllabus every five year and updated so that new students and professional shall get stay updated about rapidly changing technology scenario.