Azim Premji University is offering a five day course “Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information Systems using Quantum GIS” for development, conservation and education practitioners working with basic mapping and GIS skills, via exposure to a free, open-source GIS platform (Quantum GIS) which is available to all.
The course is intended to be hands-on, focused on learning via doing in the lab, on the computer. In-class exercise data sets will be used for initial practice. Participants will also work on individual locations of their choice for additional practice, relating in-class work to their area and themes of interest.
This course is primarily aimed at development and conservation practitioners, from NGOs. In addition, educators, researchers and graduate students working on a PhD may find the course of interest. The participants will be awarded a certificate of participation on successful completion of five days.
In recent years, geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping techniques have become very important for understanding issues related to research and practice in development, education, conservation, policy and related areas. GIS is a highly sought-after methodology that development and conservation practice is increasingly putting to use.
What will you learn?
On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the basic principles of Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
- Appreciate how GIS can help to understand issues related to broad areas of education, development and conservation;
- Gain familiarity with using Quantum GIS (QGIS) – a state-of-the-art free, open source GIS software;
- Create maps using GIS, and relate these to issues of conservation, development, and other areas of research and practice.
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- General: Rs. 5,900/- (all taxes included).
- Field partner organisations of University: Rs. 1,180/- (all taxes included).
- Partial fee waivers available for deserving research scholars.
The course fee does not include accommodation. The university can arrange accommodatio for 06 days for additional payment of Rs. 7080/- (all taxes included). Request for the same has to be made at time of application. Alternatively, participants can make their arrangements. All other costs, such as travel to and from Bangalore, local travel, stay, breakfast and dinner, must be borne by participants.
Note: This course will be conducted at the university computer lab, so the participants are not required to bring their laptops.
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Azim Premji University was established as a not for- profit, private university under the Azim Premji University Act 2010. The University has a clear social purpose of working towards a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. Azim Premji University plays a critical role in developing new talent, building capacity in existing functionaries and creating domain knowledge in the fields of education and in development.
The last date to apply is February 9, 2020. For further information, visit this link.
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