National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation
Government of India, (Deptt. of Science & Technology)

About Us



The plan of compiling a National Atlas of India was formulated for the first time in this country by Prof. S.P.Chatterjee, the then Professor of Geography, Calcutta University. A discussion on this subject with late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1953 resulted in his instant approval of the project. The then Ministry of Natural Resources & Scientific Research after consultation with other Ministries decided to set up an Advisory Board in March 1954 for formulating a scheme for preparation of National Atlas of India. The Advisory Board gave a favourable report and also provided a tentative guideline about the scope and contents of the atlas. Subsequently in April 1954 the same Ministry sanctioned a skeleton staff of 7 posts on a temporary basis to help Professor S.P.Chatterjee in giving shape to the Board’s suggestions.

 The order also sanctioned creation of additional 56 temporary posts and Padma Bhusan Prof. S.P.Chatterjee was appointed as the Honorary Director of the Project. The institution thus created was named National Atlas Organization. The Geography Department of the Calcutta University located at Senate House in those days provided the first shelter to the organization. more...

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