New Batch Induction of GIS Training Program at XISS

A new batch induction program of Geoinformatics (GIS) Training Program (in both Online and Offline mode) was held at Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS). Geoinformatics is a six-month long Training Program run at XISS with 30 seats and students from any discipline of UG, PG as well as ITI Training Programs apply for this program. This program began in 2016 and this is the 11th batch which began its classes from 29 March 2022. 

Dr Joseph Marianus Kujur SJ, Director, XISS stated his mantra of success to the students and said that one needs to de-learn whatever biases they have learnt, in order to be open to new learnings. He further stated that his appeal to the students is be attentive during this entire program as this program backed by scientific and technological progress and is in huge demand these days and they should utilize this opportunity to its optimum. He also congratulated Dr Dash for successfully spearheading the program for past 7 years and the 100 percent placements it has delivered in the last batch.

Dr Prakash Chandra Dash, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the program informed that Geoinformatics as a branch of studies, owing to its wider applications in various areas is rapidly gaining popularity and its acceptance by both government and private agencies is attracting students. The placement of the last three batches in this Training Program was 70-95 percent and students have secured jobs in Smart City Project, MGNREGA, Forest Department, Revenue Department, PMGSY, Road Development Dept, JSAC, Agriculture Department, Mining, Urban Development, Drinking Water Department, Survey of India as well as in the Private Sector and other non-governmental organizations.

Dr Amar E. Tigga, Dean Academics, XISS motivated the new batch and said the scope of this field is enormous and now is spreading across several courses as well. He stated that each student must focus on becoming a GIS solution provider, using the skill and learnings taught here in different aspects of life. During the course students are taught about both concept and practical applications of GIS and Remote Sensing which they can apply in the fields of Urban planning, weather forecasting, Land Information Management system, watershed management projects, etc. In this Training Program, ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, i-GIS, Q-GIS etc. software is taught along with this, training of GPS, DGPS and ETS survey instruments. Mr Sunil Pratap Kumar, Research Assistant for Geoinformatics Training Program was also present during the induction program.