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Geospatial Media presents ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Group for leadership role in promoting the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) industry in India

New Delhi, February 11, 2015: Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman & Co-Founder, NIIT Grouphas been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award by Geospatial Media, an international media company with the mandate of making a difference through geospatial knowledge in world economy and society. Mr. Pawar received the prestigious award for his decades of service and leadership in helping Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated technologies germinate and grow in India since the late 80s.

India Geospatial Awards were introduced and established by Geospatial Media, with an objective to recognize and acknowledge contributions of individuals, institutions and enterprises working toward creating awareness, raising the profile, enhancing utilization and strengthening business opportunities for the geospatial industry in India. This year, the awards were judged by an independent Jury under the Chairmanship of Dr K Kasturirangan, former head of ISRO.

On receiving the award, Mr Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman & Co-Founder, NIIT Group, said, "I am humbled and honoured to receive this award. It gives me great pleasure to see our efforts of driving GIS proliferation in India over the last 28 years, receive leading industry recognition. Servicing the largest number of users, NIIT has seen GIS evolve into an all-pervasive technology that is helping organizations make informed decisions. Being a part of this journey, has indeed, been a very enjoyable experience."

"I am confident that the momentum and the capability created by us will be fundamental in meeting the Government's vision of Digital India and in creating Smart Cities," added Mr Pawar.

Under the leadership of Mr Pawar, NIIT has played a pioneering role in building GIS-focused products and services in partnership with the leading global player Esri Inc, USA. As an undisputed leader in the field of GIS products and services in India for over two decades, NIIT has developed an extensive range of offerings for the industry. These now constitute the core of several mission critical projects in disaster management, infrastructure, power, telecom, natural resources, and urbanization. Going forward, GIS is expected to play a key role in laying the foundation for Smart Cities in India.

Congratulating Mr Pawar on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Esri said, "We have been extremely fortunate to have a very strategic partner - NIIT Technologies in India led by Mr Rajendra S Pawar. GIS industry in India has grown multi-fold in the last 3 decades; I strongly believe, it is Mr Pawar's vision, commitment and focus that have played an instrumental role in shaping the GIS Industry. Congratulations to Mr Pawar on being conferred with the Life Time Achievement Award by Geospatial Media. I am happy for this apt recognition and acknowledgement of his service to the industry. With his vision, I am sure GIS industry would leap to newer heights in the years to come."

Owing to its all-pervasive nature, GIS has considerable impact on the economy, governance and development by creating greater efficiency, more visual communication and better decision-making with appropriate integration of maps, images and attribute data. GIS market in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.19%. To cater to the human capacity-building in this sector, the not-for-profit NIIT University offers an industry-aligned MTech Program in GIS with support from leading organizations working in the space. The program is designed to serve professional development at the workplace and, hence, is characterized by the pedagogic innovation of Education-Work Linkage.

About NIIT Group

NIIT Group encompasses two businesses – NIIT Technologies, a leading global IT solutions organization and NIIT Limited, a global leader in skills and talent development.

Established in 1981, NIIT Limited, a global leader in skills and talent development, offers multi-disciplinary learning management and training delivery solutions to corporations, institutions, and individuals in over 40 countries. NIIT has three main lines of business across the globe- Corporate Learning Group, Skills and Careers Group, and School Learning Group.

NIIT Limited offers Managed Training Services (MTS) to market-leading companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The comprehensive suite of Managed Training Services includes custom Curriculum Design and Content Development, Learning Administration, Learning Delivery, Strategic Sourcing, Learning Technology, and Advisory Services. Its skills and talent development programs reach out to millions of individual and corporate learners in areas including Banking, Finance & Insurance, Soft Skills, Business Process Excellence, Retail Sales Enablement, Management Education, Multi-Sectoral Vocational Skills, Digital Media Marketing, and new-age IT. Besides this, NIIT Limited provides technology based learning across schools in India, Bhutan, South Africa and the Middle East. For more information, visit .

NIIT Technologies is a leading global IT solutions organization, servicing customers in Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. It offers services in Application Development and Maintenance, Infrastructure Management Services, IP Asset or Platform Solutions, and Business Process Management to organisations in the Financial Services, Travel & Transportation, Manufacturing/Distribution, and Government sectors. The Company adheres to major global benchmarks and standards, having secured the ISO 9001:2000 certifications and the ISO: 27001 Information Security Management accreditation. NIIT Technologies also follows global standards of development. It has been assessed at Level 5 of SEI CMMi version 1.2 and PCMM. NIIT Technologies Business Process Management conforms to the highest quality standards such as COPC and Six Sigma. Its data centre operations are assessed at the international ISO 20000 IT management standards. For more information visit .

NIIT GIS Ltd. (Esri India) established in 1996, is a joint venture between NIIT Technologies Limited (NTL), India and Esri Inc., USA.  Esri India is an end-to-end Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) solutions provider and enjoys a leadership position with Esri ArcGIS suite of software and other related products.  Esri India has successfully delivered GIS solutions to more than 5000 customers for applications in Land management, Utilities, Infrastructure, Disaster Management, Telecommunications, Urban / Municipal, Transportation, Defence and Natural resources. For more information, visit

NIIT University

Set up with the vision of being the leading centre of innovation and learning in emerging areas of the Knowledge Society, the not-for-profit NIIT University is dedicated to building great careers and ensuring excellent job opportunities to all its students. It has been developed as an institution of excellence to provide exceptional education based on the four core principles that make learning industry-linked, technology-based, research-driven and seamless. For more information visit

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NIIT is a leading Global Talent Development Corporation that is building a manpower pool for global industry requirements. The company, which was set up in 1981 to help the nascent IT industry overcome its human resource challenges, today ranks among the world’s leading training companies owing to its vast, yet comprehensive array of talent development programs. With a footprint across 30 nations, NIIT offers training and development solutions to Individuals, Enterprises and Institutions.