A unique and innovative project recommended by KJA is implementation of Karnataka-GIS (K-GIS). The recommendation of KJA has been reviewed by Chief Secretary and it is agreed that IT/BT Department will take up the implementation of K-GIS on mission-mode in next 2-3 years. K-GIS would be a "common state-wide authoritative" GIS platform – a platform of seamless GIS data of 53+ layers and departmental GIS Applications Decision Support modules and Citizen-centric GIS Applications and data. Data for K-GIS would be mainly extracted from RS images upto 1m and then complemented with MIS/available data records of various department (from their servers) or will come from GPS-based surveys. These "combinative GIS data" would be verified, checked and be authoritative. Simple and complex GIS Applications would be developed for each department as DSS – almost 25+ GIS DSS application modules have already been planned. In particular, the GIS needs of RDPR department, Urban Development department, Agriculture and Horticulture departments, Forest department, BBMP and City municipalities etc have been crystallized. IT/BT department of GOK is to take up this project at an estimated budget of about INR 140 crores. K-GIS would reduce duplication of GIS efforts, redundancy and create an authoritative GIS data available to all agencies, enterprises and citizens.
River Cauvery Gallery
One of the flagship initiatives of the KJA is establishment of a public Gallery for River Cauvery at Mysore University Old Quarters. The concept submitted by National Academy of Sciences India, (NASI) and National Council of Science Museums (NSCM) has been approved by the Department of Higher Education for implementation. The proposed Cauvery Gallery would have exhibits on river Cauvery's journey, myths and legends, physiography, tributaries, geo-scientific importance, biodiversity of the basin, socio-economic importance, tourism, culture, fairs and festivals, threats to the river, conservation and restoration efforts and research. These would be projected through interactive multimedia with diorama, animations, backlit graphic display, RFID based interactive exhibit with graphics, interactive map browser, panel display supported by video and interactive virtual tour. The Gallery would take 9 months at a tentative cost of about INR 3.50 crores. This KJA initiative is to be implemented by NASI/NCSM through the Department of Higher Education and Department of Tourism of GOK. The Gallery would be a learning centre for students, of all levels and a centre of attraction for citizens and tourists.
Another flagship project of the KJA is establishment of Bio-Diversity Park at Madivala Lake System, Bengaluru. Dr C.R. Babu of University of Delhi proposed the project and the Department of Higher Education approved for implementation. The Bio-Diversity Park will recreate self-sustaining ecosystems with native flora and fauna characteristic of the area for enhancing the quality of environment. The park will have mosaic of wetlands interspersed with grasslands and scattered trees, greenways with walkways, shelter belt of bamboo thicket, shrub-land of native fruit bearing shrubs, a shoreline community of marsh plant species, aquatic community, game fishing zone, herbal and scented garden and nature interpretation centre among others. The Biodiversity Park buffer the local weather and serve as sink for CO2 and urban pollutants and also serve as a adaptation to climate change. The time estimated for developing the lake into a full-fledged biodiversity park is 5 years the estimated cost would be about INR 2.20 crores. This KJA initiative will be guided by Prof. C.R. Babu of University of Delhi and will be implemented jointly by Lake Development Authority, Department of Higher Education, Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment and Department of Tourism. The project would rejuvenate one of the key lakes of Bengaluru.
Karnataka Sports Policy
Recognizing the potential of youth of Karnataka in sports, KJA initiated the process for evolving a Karnataka Sports Policy. KJA has constituted a KJA Task Group of eminent experts, Co-Chaired by Mr. Prakash Padukone; Mr. Rahul Dravid and Principal Secretary, DYES, GOK, in November, 2014. The main aim of the Task Group is to develop a holistic and all–encompassing Sports Policy for Karnataka that not just defines a vision for sports development in Karnataka but also prepares a roadmap of further actions. The Policy aims for a holistic development of sports – a vision that can set Karnataka apart as a futuristic "Sports Destination". The Sports Policy Task group has started its work and is planning consultation workshops in different places in Karnataka and assessment of sports facilities and status in Karnataka. The Sport Policy will be prepared in 6 months and submitted by KJA to GOK.
To introduce best educational technologies in Karnataka's institutions of higher education, KJA has set up a Task Group for Educational Technology for Higher Education in Karnataka and EduSat Utilization Review The Task Group is composed of eminent experts - Co-Chaired by Dr B. N. Suresh and Prof Balakrishna Shetty. The main aim is to prepare a blue-print for Education Technologies - Action Plan for Karnataka – that will help standardise the use of most appropriate technologies across the state in universities, which would enhance the quality of teaching-learning process, actions for assimilation/embedding the technologies into the present education system and ultimately enable a scheme-oriented planning input to GOK. The TG will undertake a detailed assessment of present education facilities and also best available education technologies – apart from addressing satellite based education system for Karnataka. The TG will submit its report in 6 months.
Development of a Nursing Simulator is a unique innovation project that will bring immense benefit to training nurses and critical care doctors. The development is being taken up by Dr. Devi Shetty and Prof. Gurumoorthy, IISc – who have prepared a joint proposal - including scope, milestones, responsibility sharing commercialisation and issues relating to IP. KJA will assess this and the project will be taken up thru IISc. The project will develop proto-types in 6-9 months time-frame for demonstration – after which industrial activity can be considered by GOK.
Cultural Heritage of Karnataka
Study of 'Cultural heritage of Karnataka: A Remote Sensing and GIS Perspective'– proposed by Nationa lInstitute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). The main objective is to demonstrate and document a process by which critical and valuable archaeological information, for 3-4 sites in Karnataka, can be derived and measured from using satellite Earth Observation images, and, also how these extracted information, when organised into a GIS database of other documented archaeological information (excavation reports, publications, etc) can substantially enhance understanding and knowledge about archaeological sites and cultural aspects. KJA has got the proposal evaluated and examined by independent experts – now the proposal is getting assessed involving Kannada and Culture Department and Commissioner, Heritage Department – so that after the pilot project the project can be taken up as state-wide project. The demonstrative project will be completed in 1 year.
- Waste Water Management Guideline study – at the behest of BBMP and Urban Development Department, KJA plans to study and recommend best ways for waste water management in Karnataka cities. A Workshop is planned to be organised in this regard and KJA will steer for preparing a report on this important issue.
Smart-City Definition Study at the behest of Urban Development Department, KJA plans to study and recommend ways and means of developing Smart City.
Educational Curriculum Review with Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) is being planned.
Explore possibility of a Centre for Excellence in Toys and Bamboo– this initiative is being taken up for evaluation and study possibilities by Dr. Nazeer Ahmed, Member-KJA with Mysore University.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – Technology and Applications Study is being planned. The study would address to bring out a report on UAS technology/applications/policies for governance and education.