GIS Training held at Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bengaluru
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been supporting Raipur Municipal Corporation and Tirupati Municipal Corporation in implementing Government of India’s Slum Free Cities programme since March 2012. The support has been mainly enhancing the capacities of the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) officials in planning and implementing the programme. In this process, various city level maps and datasets were generated which have to be constantly updated and used by the ULBs. ULB officials have limited capacities and access to the highly priced proprietary software like ArcGIS to work with maps and datasets prepared by the consultants for various projects. Although they have basic knowledge, yet they need to undergo refresher course to be able to use latest tools of working on the digital maps.
GIZ supported the training of the officials from Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA), Hyderabad, Tirupati Municipal Corporation and Raipur Municipal Corporation on Geographic Information System (GIS). The training was organized by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) located at Bangalore between October 15 and 17, 2014. The three days course was a mix of theory and practical classes with hands on exercise. Participants were able to understand the preparation and usage of digital maps for various purposes, concept of geospatial technology, co-ordinates and the methods of projection of earth for preparation of maps, hands on usage of GPS instruments for taking the latitudes, longitudes etc. After a brief introduction of various software available for working on digital maps, training was given on application and working of QGIS, one of the open source software widely used all over the world.
The training has helped the officials develop their capacities in order to deal with the datasets produced under various programmes more efficiently and would take these activities forward on their own. In a brief testimonial they said that the course was highly useful for them. They also said that they can now work on various projects using digital maps which were not the case earlier.