The MPCST is the nodal agency of the state of Madhya Pradesh for the analysis and application of remote sensing data. As such, the Council is the repository of detailed primary information and maps on the geography, topography, geology, geomorphology and soils and of the derived maps on water prospects, land and soil irrigability and land capability of the state. The Council also has detailed land use maps for several years. The information and maps available with the Council thus have the potential of forming the core of a basic resource atlas For every district of the state.
The Centre for Policy Studies is a research institution concerned with acquiring detailed micro-level understanding of the history, geography, demography and culture of all parts of India. They have compiled very detailed information on the politics of Chengalpattu district in Tamil Nadu in the late eighteenth century before the advent of the British administration there. They have also compiled detailed demographic data for all districts of lndia in a long time-series spanning the whole of the census period beginning from 1881 up to 2001. And, they have published a book describing the geography, culture, sciences and technologies, economy and politics of India in a broad yet widely and easily accessible format.
The Madhya Pradesh Districtwise Resource Atlas Programme is an attempt to bring together the data resources of the MPCST and the established capabilities of the Centre for Policy Studies in compiling, analysing, processing and graphically presenting large amounts of inforrnation and data to create a resource atlas For every district of Madhya Pradesh.