National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad has the honour of inviting all the professionals interested in the field of Cartography / GIS and allied subjects as well as various disciplines of their application viz. Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Hydrometeorology, Marine Geomorphology, Coastal Management, Environmental Planning, Internal Security, Policing, Crime etc. to participate in the forthcoming 38th International Congress of Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA), being held at Taj Deccan, Hyderabad, Telangana, during 29-31 Oct 2018.

Venue    NEW

The 38th INCA International Congress 2018 will be organised at Taj Deccan, located in Hyderabad’s elite Banjara Hills. Spread over 6 acres of landscaped gardens, it is conveniently located 40-50 minutes away from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, 5 km away from the Nampally railway station, and 10 km away from Secunderabad. Main conference will be held in The Kohinoor Ballroom and exhibition will be held at Alfresco.

The Congress

Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA) is an inter-disciplinary institution, originally for professionals from Geographers and Cartographers, which is now extended to a host of premier public and private bodies. Cartography in India has seen many changes and with enhanced scope, rechristened as GIS or Geoinformatics. It is today a multifaceted and highly composite broad subject, rolling several disciplines and multi-dimensional association. INCA was established in 1979 at Hyderabad as its head quarters, with the following aims:

  • To foster cartographic research in the country
  • To co-operate with professional organisations of cognate disciplines and to promote interaction within an inter-disciplinary frame
  • To co-operate with International organisations with similar objectives
  • To foster co-operation between government and quasi government organisations, research institutions engaged in cartographic activities and their application
  • To hold an annual cartographic congress at the national or international level
  • To take such measures as may help secure cartography its legitimate place in national life and enhance a sense of national responsibility and professional efficacy among all the professionals and academic people engaged in cartographic activities in its broad sense

Focal Theme of the Congress

“Emerging Technologies in Cartography”


  • Space Technology for Mapping
  • Web-enabled Services for Data, Maps, Dissemination, Open Source Geospatial Technologies and GIS
  • Mapping with UAVs & Drones
  • Location Based Services and Mobile Mapping
  • Urban Mapping, e-Governance, Smart Cities & Digital Cartography
  • 3-D Mapping and Visualisation
  • Cartography for Coastal and Marine Mapping
  • Mapping for Security, Safety and Surveillance

Todarmal Lecture

By Sh. Santanu Chowdhury, Director, NRSC, ISRO

Prof. S. P. Chatterji Memorial Lecture

By Prof. K. S .Rajan, IIIT Hyderabad

Event Schedule (Tentative as on 27 Jul, 2018)    NEW

Day 1

Date8:00 - 9:009:00 - 10:3010:30 - 11:0011:00 - 12:3012:30 - 13:3013:30 - 15:0015:00 - 15:3015:30 - 17:0017:00 - 18:0018:00 - 20:00
29-Oct-2018RegistrationInaugural SessionTodarmal Lecture, Shri. Santanu Chowdhury, Director, NRSCLunchParallel Technical Sessions (Theme 1A/2A)Tea-breakParallel Technical Sessions (Theme 1B/2B)Poster Session/ExhibitionCultural Evening/ Dinner

Day 2

Date8:00 - 9:009:00 - 10:3010:30 - 11:0011:00 - 12:3012:30 - 13:3013:30 - 15:0015:00 - 15:3015:30 - 17:0017:00 - 18:0018:00 - 20:00
30-Oct-2018RegistrationProf. S. P. Chatterji Memorial Lecture Prof. K.S. Rajan, IIIT, Hyderabad Tea-breakParallel Technical Sessions (Theme 3A/4A)LunchParallel Technical Sessions (Theme 3B/4B)Tea-breakParallel Technical Sessions (Theme 5A/6A)Poster Session/Exhibition/ INCA AGM Cultural Evening/ Dinner

Day 3

Date8:00 - 9:009:00 - 10:3010:30 - 11:0011:00 - 12:3012:30 - 13:3013:30 - 15:0015:00 - 15:30
31-Oct-2018RegistrationParallel Technical Sessions (Theme 5B/6B) Tea-breakParallel Technical Sessions (Theme 7/8)LunchConcluding SessionHigh-Tea

Call for Papers

Technical research papers/case studies are invited from professionals/ scientists, academicians and research students in the field of Cartography, Geodesy, Geography, Marine Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Marine Geophysics, Oceanography, Meteorology, Internal Security, Policing, Crime and other allied domains. Abstract not exceeding 200 words and full paper not exceeding 10 pages including few maps/plates should be typed on A4 size paper in MS Word with font size 12, in Times New Roman. The soft copy of the paper should be submitted either online in the congress website or through E-mail:

Authors are requested to provide their complete contact address with telephone number, Fax and E-mail on both abstract and full paper. All abstracts (and full papers) should be provided with a foot note indicating the sub-theme for which the paper is to be presented.

Important Dates

Last date for submitting the abstracts15 Jun 31 Jul, 2018    (CLOSED)
Acceptance of paper will be notified by15 Aug, 2018
Last date for submission of full paper15 Sep, 2018

Full paper template is available here.

Note: No abstract will be published in Abstract volume without the receipt of the registration fee on or before 30 Sep, 2018.

Contact Persons

Dr Novaline Jacob 9849490167, 040-27781246
Dr K Raghvendra 9640475876, 040-27781368
Mr J Narendran 9441955049, 040-23884482

Besides technical sessions, there will be two popular lectures, namely, 1) Todarmal Lecture, 2) Prof. S. P. Chatterjee Memorial Lecture by eminent personalities and a special session on Web services and Bhuvan. Industry partners are invited to present their company profile, product portfolio and share experience with the participants.

A presentation slot is also available for the Industries to make a technical presentation on their products and services to the INCA congress delegates during each technical session.

Best Paper Award Six best papers presented during the 38th INCA International Congress will be selected and suitably rewarded. One best paper presented in the poster session will also be selected for award.


An exhibition of maps, charts, globes, models and cartographic, reprographic, surveying, remote sensing related latest equipment will be organised during the congress at the venue, to encourage interested companies to show case their products and services. This will be of immense benefit for the cartographic community. The exhibition stalls would be allotted on first come first serve basis. As there is limited space, the Industries are requested to book their exhibition space well in advance to avoid disappointment at the last minute. Stalls of size 3 m x 3 m will be available. The total charges for all three days of the Congress (29-31 Oct, 2018) would be 75,000/- for one stall. The booking form duly filled in along with the requisite payment in the form of a Demand Draft drawn in favour of “38TH INCA INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS” payable at Hyderabad should be sent to the Organising Secretary before 15 Sep, 2018. Alternately the booking amount fees can also be transferred through bank as per details given overleaf. The booking request for exhibition stalls will not be confirmed without due payment through a demand draft/ bank transfer.

List of Exhibitors    NEW


To commemorate the occasion of the 38th INCA International Congress, a Souvenir will be brought out and released at the inaugural function by the Chief Guest. It will contain the paper abstracts in coloured and black & white pages and also products & services of advertisers. The rates for publishing the advertisements are as under:

Back Cover (Colour) 1,00,000
Front/Back Inner Cover (Colour) 60,000
Facing Front/Back Inner Cover (Colour) 50,000
Full Page (Colour) 40,000
Full Page (Black & White) 30,000
Half Page(Black & White) 20,000

Intending organisations / institutions/ companies may send their requests for booking advertisement space in the Souvenir along with 'ready to print' (required colour separates) advertisement material in hard and soft copy and requisite payment in the form of demand draft from any nationalised bank in favour of “38TH INCA INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS” payable at Hyderabad or alternately can be transferred through bank as per details given overleaf.


Interested participants are requested to register well in advance by sending the registration form duly filled along with the registration fees to the Organising Secretary, by 30 Sep, 2018 or alternately by below link. The fee should be paid by demand draft to be drawn from any nationalised bank in favour of “38TH INCA INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS” payable at Hyderabad. The registration fees also can be transferred through SBI A/c as per details below:

Bank Details
Bank NameState Bank of India
Account No37668781605
IFSC CodeSBIN0010358
MICR No500002102
INCA GST Registration Number36AAAAI0697N1Z9

Registration Fee

Registration fee also includes conference kit and catering on the conference days. Student delegates presenting papers as authors, could avail discounted registration rates. Accompanying registrants and student author will be entitled to participate in all technical and keynote sessions and catering on conference days. However, they will be required to submit authorisation from the concerned Department of University/ College/ Organisation stating their bonafide status and that they are not employed.

ParticipantIndian DelegatesForeign DelegatesIndian DelegatesForeign Delegates
On or Before 30 Sep, 2018 After 30 Sep, 2018
Life Member 2,500 US$ 125 3,000 US$ 175
Other Delegates 3,000 US$ 125 3,500 US$ 175
Accompanying Person* 2,000 US$ 100 2,500 US$ 125
Research Fellow/ Students# 1,500 US$ 100 1,500 US$ 100
Paid Fellow** 2,500 US$ 125 3,000 US$ 175
Life Members 70 Years & above 1,000US$ 100 1,000US$ 125

* No registration kits for accompanying Members, # without Fellowship who are not getting any financial support, ** Proof from HoD/Guide to be presented

Registration Form

Please note password should be atleast 8 characters,including an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a digit and a special character (@,$,_)

Yes   No

Online Registration will close on 26th Oct, 2018. However, on-site registration can be carried out at Congress Venue.



Hyderabad has large number of hotels and service apartments. The accommodation charges may vary from Rs.1000 to Rs.9000. Organising Committee has negotiated with conference venue hotel for a competitive accommodation charges for both single & double occupancy. Those who are interested to avail this may visit conference website for more details and book the rooms online.

The delegates shall be required to pay the accommodation charges directly to the hotel. Delegates are required to note that the registration fee does not include accommodation. The guest house accommodation for students/young researchers will be on payment, subject to availability and also on first-come-first-serve basis.

About Hyderabad

Hyderabad is the capital city of the newly formed state of Telangana. The city was founded on the banks of River Musi by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah in 1591. The city is located on the Deccan Plateau and it is the fifth largest city of India. The city of Hyderabad is known for pearls, Kalamkari handicraft, Kuchipudi dance, cuisines etc. Hyderabad is famous for its minarets and its pearl bazaar. Pearl from all over the world are said to come to Hyderabad because the artisans here are skilled in piercing and stringing pearls without damaging them. Therefore, the city is also known as "City of Pearls". Hyderabad offers a variety of tourist attractions and it is like a treat for lovers of history, art, architecture with several ornate tombs, palaces and mosques adorning the old city.

The Charminar monument is an internationally recognized icon in the city of Hyderabad. With its minarets and domes, it showcases typical Islamic design. In one corner sits a beautiful mosque where mass prayers take place on Fridays. Tourists rarely leave the city without taking a trip to Charminar and the surrounding markets, which are filled with food and jewellery. The monument was built in 1591 to celebrate the end of a plague epidemic in Hyderabad. The monument is made from granite, limestone and marble. Look up at the four 95-foot minarets that give the structure its name, Charminar, meaning Four Towers.

The Prime Minister of Nizam Osman Ali Khan and Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III) together built Salar Jung Museum, which is one of the largest private collections in the world that covers exhibits from every part of the world. The museum has over 35,000 items comprising of wood carvings, sculptures, Persian miniature paintings, weaponry and a library of 50000 books.

Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill”. The origins of the fort can be traced back to the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and the Kakatiyas of Warangal. Golconda was originally a mud fort, which passed to the Bahmani dynasty and later to the Qutub Shahis, who held it from 1518 to 1687 A.D. The first three Qutub Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda, over a span of 62 years. The fort is famous for its acoustics, palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell.

The Ramoji Film City is the largest integrated film city in the world and named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest studio on the planet. The Ramoji Film City boasts of first rated and comprehensive film making equipment and other facilities which are being used by commercial film makers from all states of India. The other famous places for tourism in Hyderabad are Birla temple, Nehru zoological park, NTR garden, Lumbini park and Shilaparamam etc. More information about the city of Hyderabad can be seen in Telangana Tourism website


Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana, experiences a mix of both tropical and semi-arid climate. Hyderabad weather is decently warm throughout the year. However winter is mostly pleasant with slight drop in the temperature. Winter in Hyderabad starts from the month of October and extends up to mid February. The days during winters are bright and sunny and nights are slightly chilly. The average temperature during winter is around 20-24 °C. Sometimes the night temperature drops to 12 to 13 °C.

29 - 31 Oct, 2018

Hyderabad, India

8 Themes


Platinum Sponsor

Antrix Corporation Limited

Strategic Sponsor

Vama Industries Ltd.

Patron Sponsor

Global Energy Consulting Engineers Private Limited

Silver Sponsor

RSI Softech India Pvt. Ltd.

Silver Sponsor

SUNCON Engineers Pvt. Ltd.

Silver Sponsor

Hexagon Geospatial

Contact Us

Congress Secretariat
Mr K Abdul Hakeem
Organising Secretary
38th INCA International Congress
National Remote Sensing Centre
Balanagar, Hyderabad- 500037
Phone: 040-2388 4356, 4262
Fax: 040-23878868

Event FAQs

Congress Secretariat
Mr K Abdul Hakeem
Organising Secretary
38th INCA International Congress
National Remote Sensing Centre
Balanagar, Hyderabad- 500037
Phone: 040-2388 4356, 4262
Fax: 040-23878868

Event Location