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Teaching the Teachers: GIS Training at Mysore

DATA USERS SEMINAR: GIS TRAINING
28-30th August, Mysore
Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
Organised by LIGHTS Research Foundation

A three-day national level data users’ seminar and GIS training for 45 principals, senior secondary school and junior college teachers from Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh is to be held in Mysore, from August 28 to 30, 2012

The data users’ seminar-cum-training programme will turn teachers into students for these three days as they will be the ‘learners’. Teachers from Kendriya Vidyalayas, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalyas, well known public schools and Department of State Educational Research and Training, Karnataka will come to Mysore, a prominent educational town of the southern part of India, to get themselves trained in geographic information system (GIS), global positioning system (GPS) and remote sensing technologies that are today a part of the school curriculum.

The seminar and GIS training will be inaugurated by Dr. S N Barman, Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. He will deliver the chief guest address. Professor of the National Institute of Engineering Dr. Ganesh Prasad of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dr. Smita Sengupta, Senior Scientist, IIT Bombay are the faculty for the GIS Training.

Apart from the training, a seminar on ‘Understanding Energy through GIS’ will also be held with senior officers, scientists and speakers from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL), Prof. Krishne Gowda, University of Mysore and Dr. Moolchand Bhaskar, Deputy Director, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. Speakers from Petroleum Conservation Research Association and Sulagna Chattopadhyay, President of LIGHTS and Editor of G’nY will speak on issues covering a wide range of topics from renewable energy conservation to social statics. Over 100 persons - principals, senior secondary school and junior college teachers, and students from Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh - will participate in the programme.

The prime motive of this seminar is to provide technical training for capacity building for school teachers. It will provide an interactive platform for the participants, to learn and advance further in this exciting new digital world. The participating teachers will be trained in the fundamentals of GIS and concepts of map will be covered in the series of lectures. The basic introduction to maps and cartography will include evolution of mapping in India, definition and type of map representations and its basic elements. Cadastral, topographical, and atlas maps; digital elevation model (DEM); scales, elements sensitive to context and those used selectively to assist effective communication are also included in the course curriculum.

The technical session also includes methods of using open source GIS software. Hands on lab training will be imparted on QGIS with the help of data on energy. Global positioning system (GPS) will be discussed and hands on training imparted with hand held machines.

The seminar and training programme is being organised by Learning in Geography, Humanities, Technology and Science (LIGHTS) Research Foundation, an NGO, and is supported by the Natural Resources and Data Management System (NRDMS), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Ministry of Statistics & programme Implementation (MOSPI), according to a release by LIGHTS Research Foundation.

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