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Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information Systems using Quantum GIS June 2024 Batch

Certificate course for practitioners, teachers, early career researchers and PhD scholars working in the field of development, conservation, sustainability, public health and related sectors.


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.

This course aims to provide practitioners, educators, researchers, and others working in the areas mentioned above 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 by initially learning different skills to map and then going onto working on small datasets various small projects on the computer. In-class exercise datasets 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.

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.

The course will be offered from 17 – 21 June 2024. The five-day training is divided into lectures for conceptual understanding of GIS and hands-on sessions to learn various skills related to GIS and mapping. Various application-related maps such as graduated colour maps, heatmaps, working with Excel data, etc., will also be taught in the course. It will end with a presentation from participants about the use of various GIS skills in their work.

Primarily aimed at development and conservation practitioners from NGOs. In addition, educators, researchers and PhD students may find the course interesting.

All interested participants need to fill out the application form. All participants must submit their specific interest in joining the certificate programme when applying by clicking here.

The last date for application is 10 June 2024. Selected candidates will be informed about the payment process via email. The decision of the evaluation committee will be final.

For any query, please write to gis.​ced@​apu.​edu.​in

Course Content

Day 1 (17 June 2024)
  • a. Participant Introductions
  • b. Introduction to GIS and Mapping 
  • c. Exploring Google Earth Pro software and hands on activity 
  • d. Introduction to various technical aspects of GIS 
  • e. Exploring QGIS software 
    f. Understanding each partipants’ individual project interests and discussing small projects to work on for the short course 
Day 2 (18 June 2024)
  • a. Introduction to Geometric registration and hands-on
  • b. Showcasing sample projects
    c. Introduction to Mapping, symbology and hands-on
      d. Discussion of individual projects with participants
        Day 3 (19 June 2024)
        • a. Introduction to attribute tables, labels and calculations 
        • b.Working with Raster and Vector functions
          c. Discussion of individual projects with participants
            Day 4 (20 June 2024)
            • a. Creating a map using Map composer including creating inset maps 
            • b.Working with DEMs
              c. Discussion of individual projects with participants
                Day 5 (21 June 2024)
                • a. Creating categorized maps, graduated colour maps, dot proportional maps, heatmaps and viewing large datasets in excel and importing them to QGIS
                • b. Presentation of posters
                  c. Feedback submission
                    d. Certificate presentation


                      Fee Structure

                      INR 5900For individuals
                      INR 1180For partner organisations of Azim Premji University and Azim Premji Foundation

                      -All the participants need a working Windows/Mac laptop. The laptop needs to have minimum 8 GB RAM and 20 GB physical space to install and run the software.
                      -All the software installation details and datasets will be shared with the selected participants on 15 June 2024.

                      The last date of fee payment is 12 June 2024.