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Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information Systems using Quantum GIS January 2023 Batch

What will you learn?

This course provides practitioners, educators, and researchers with basic mapping and GIS skills by working with a free, open-source GIS platform (Quantum GIS) which is available to all. You will be able to

  • Understand the basic principles of Geographical Information Systems(GIS).
  • Appreciate how GIS can help to understand issues related to broadareas 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. 


The course is hands-on, focused on learning via doing in the lab and on the computer. You will use in-class exercise datasets for initial practice. You will work on individual locations of your choice for additional practice, relating in-class work to their area and themes of interest.

The course is designed for development and conservation practitioners and people from NGOs. Educators, researchers and PhD students may find the course interesting.

The participants will be awarded a certificate of participation on successful completion of five days.

Session details

  • • Participant introductions • Introduction to GIS • Exploring QGIS software • Exploring Google Earth • Geometric registration.
  • • Introduction to Vector Data – points, lines, polygons • Digitisation • Working on individual projects–geometric registration.
  • • Introduction to Symbology and Attributes • Labelling the digitised layers • Creating a map using Map Composer • Individual projects–Digitisation of points, lines and polygons
  • • Importing and working with external datasets (For example, elevation, rivers and roads, demography) • Querying and basic GIS analysis • Individual projects–adding external layers, labelling, map making
  • • Presentation of maps and group discussion • Closing session • Wrap-up, followed by group reflection, written feedback, and presentation of certificates.

Course Faculty

Fee Structure

INR 5900For individuals (including GST)
INR 1180For University / Philanthropy partner organisations (including GST)

Partial fee waivers are available for deserving research scholars


The course fee does not include accommodation. The University can arrange accommodation for 06 days with an additional payment of INR 7,080/- (including GST) per person.

Request for the same has to be made at the time of application. Alternatively, participants can make their arrangements.


Breakfast and meals are available at the cafeteria on direct payment basis. (Approximately Rs. 225/- can suffice for a breakfast and two meals per person per day).

All other costs, such as, travel to and from Bangalore, and meals must be borne by participants.

Note: This course will be conducted at the University, in the computer lab. So the participants are not required to bring their laptops.

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