Introduction to Remote Sensing using Quantum GIS November 2022 Batch


The use of state-of-the-art remote sensing has gained momentum in the past few decades with the increase in freely available datasets and advancement in technology. It is widely used in development, conservation, sustainability and public health domains, among others.

This course aims to provide a basic understanding of remote sensing and digital image processing, along with hands-on training on using this technology to investigate changes in the biophysical characteristics and land cover on the Earth Surface using open-source software.

The 5‑day certificate course will help participants to learn the essentials of remote sensing and digital image processing. It will also give an opportunity to learn about various applications of remote sensing in the field of sustainability and development sector. With extensive hands-on training using open-source software, participants will learn to extract meaningful information from a remotely sensed dataset. In the end, participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss the utility of remote sensing in their own work.

The course is intended to be delivered through theory and hands-on sessions. Theory will assist in enhancing the knowledge of the basics of remote sensing and its rationale, while hands-on tutorials will give exposure to how to use the technology. Questions which address Why” (e.g. why we perform certain steps, or why we are getting certain outputs) can be answered through a basic understanding of the science behind remote sensing. Questions related to How” (e.g., how to analyse remotely sensed datasets) can be understood using hands-on tutorials.

On successful completion of the course, participants will have:

  • Understanding of basic principles of remote sensing
  • Ability to apply remote sensing to characterize different features of the land surface
  • Capability to generate a map with relevant land cover statistics

The course will be offered from Nov 21 – 25. The five-day training is divided into lectures for conceptual understanding of remote sensing and digital image processing and hands-on sessions to learn how to process remotely sensed dataset. It will end with final presentation from participants about the utility of remote sensing in their own work.

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

All interested participants need to fill out the application form. All participants must submit their specific interest in joining the certificate program. This should be done using the Registration Form button at the top left of this page.

The last date for application is November 06, 2022. The selected candidates will be informed about the payment process by November 07, 2022. The last day for the fee payment is November 11, 2022. The decision of the evaluation committee will be final.

For any query, please write to rs_​rc@​apu.​edu.​in

Course Content

Day 1Introduction to Remote Sensing 
Day 2Colour composites, elements of visual interpretation
Day 3Spectral reflectance curve, point based image enhancement, image transformation (indices to map water, vegetation, urban cover etc)
Day 4Image histogram, image thresholding (bands/​indices)
Day 5Presentation by participants on utility of remote sensing for their own work followed by group discussion. 

Course Faculty

Fee Structure

INR 5900For Individuals
INR 1180For partner organizations of Azim Premji University & Azim Premji Foundation

Partial fee waivers available for deserving research scholars. For any queries, please write to