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Top Courses in Cartography in India

May 17, 2018 11:48 IST

    Cartography is the study of maps and everything associated with them. However, in the recent times, the way maps are made and used has undergone massive change. Gone are the days of physical paper-based maps, today all the maps, be it local or global, are digital and available over mobile apps. Every time you plan to visit a new city or an unfamiliar place in your own city, you depend upon these mobile apps to guide you to your destination. With maps going digital, it has opened up a whole new avenue of map-making for cartographers. To cater to these changes, the courses in cartography and map-making have also changed. So, let’s check out the top courses in Cartography available in India.

    What is Cartography?

    The word cartography is an amalgamation of two French words i.e. ‘carte’ which translates to map or a card and ‘graphie’ which means -graphy or a form of descriptive science. Therefore, Cartography deals with the study and practice of making maps that are useful for general users. As a study field, Cartography includes a combination of scientific and artistic elements. The field includes application and study of image processing, visual display of the data, data capture and data manipulation.

    Why study Cartography?

    Maps which were earlier only used by sailors and navigators have become a tool for everyone today. Apart from the people who use it to find places, they are also used by tourists, for preparation of weather reports, for laying of railway lines, deciding flight paths, demarcation of sea-trade routes. Simply put, cartography is still a very relevant subject and offers immense career opportunities to the students who take up its study.

    Which courses are available in Cartography?

    Cartography is a very popular course option for students who are interested in Geography. In most cases, the Cartography is covered as sub-domain of Geography at undergraduate and diploma level, but there are also a few colleges that offer specialized cartography programmes at diploma, graduate and masters level. The popular courses for students who want to study Cartography include:

    Certification Level courses in Cartography

    • Certificate Course in Cartography
      • Eligibility: 10+2 with Geography subject
      • Course Duration: 3 months to 1 year

    Diploma Level courses in Cartography

    • Diploma in Geoinformatics
      • Eligibility: 10+2 with Geography subject
      • Course Duration: 2-3 years

    Graduate Level courses in Cartography

    • B.E. Geoinformatics
      • Eligibility: Higher Secondary (10+2) with Geography
      • Course Duration: 4 Years
    • B.Tech in Geoinformatics
      • Eligibility: Higher Secondary (10+2) with Geography
      • Course Duration: 4 Years
    • B.Sc in Geography
      • Eligibility: Higher Secondary (10+2) with Geography
      • Course Duration: 3 Years
    • B.A. in Geography
      • Eligibility: Higher Secondary (10+2) with Geography
      • Course Duration:3 Years

    Masters Level courses in Cartography

    • Post Graduate Diploma in Geographical Cartography
      • Eligibility: Graduate Degree
      • Course Duration:2 Years
    • M.A. Geography
      • Eligibility: Graduate Degree
      • Course Duration: 2 Years
    • M.E. Geoinformatics
      • Eligibility: Graduate Degree
      • Course Duration: 2 Years
    • M.Sc. Geography
      • Eligibility: Graduate Degree
      • Course Duration: 2 Years
    • M.Sc. Geoinformatics
      • Eligibility: Graduate Degree
      • Course Duration: 2 Years
    • M.Tech. Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS)
      • Eligibility: Graduate Degree
      • Course Duration: 2 Years

    Who can study Cartography?

    As discussed above, there is a wide range of Cartography courses available in India. And the eligibility for each of them is different as per the course requirements. But in general, for undergraduate courses, one has to clear the Class 12 Board Exams or the respective qualifying exam with necessary subjects. Being a niche programme with a limited number of seats, many courses also require candidates to appear for the entrance exams in order to secure admission.

    Where can one learn Cartography?

    As far as India is concerned, there are many different colleges and higher education institutions which offer specialized courses in Cartography and map-making. The top colleges and institutes that offer courses in Cartography are:

    University / Institute

    Course

    Annamalai University, Chennai

    Master of Science (MSc) Geo-Informatics

    Burdwan University – Bardhaman

    Master of Science- Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System

    Indian Institute of Surveying & Mapping, Hyderabad

    M.Tech (Geomatics) / MSc(Geospatial Sciences)

    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

    Various Courses

    Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi

    Diploma in Cartography

    MS University, Vadodara

    Diploma in Cartography

    North Orissa University, Baripada

    Master of Science in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System

    Osmania University, Hyderabad

    Diploma in Geographical Cartography

    Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur

    Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System

    Sam Higginbotom Institute of Agriculture, Allahabad

    Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System

    Foreign Institutes for Cartography

    Apart from the Indian colleges, there are many internationally renowned foreign institutions that also offer credible courses in Cartography. Some of the most important ones among them are:

    College / Institute

    Courses

    Brigham Young University - United States

     Bachelor in Cartography

    Florida State University - United States

     Master in Cartography

    Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK)

     Various Courses

    Texas A & M University - United States

     Bachelor in Cartography

    University of Wisconsin- Madison - United States

     Bachelor in Cartography and Master in Cartography

    How to get admission to Cartography Courses?

    Generally, each university or institute that offers courses on Cartography will have its own independent selection procedure for admission. Many institutes have their own entrance exams or accept scores of other popular entrance exams for the screening and selection of the candidates.

    With many good Cartography courses available in India as well as in popular Study Abroad destinations that are favoured by Indian students, finding the right course might not be as hard as you think. If maps interest you, and you have good creative and mathematical skills, then a course in cartography can help you build a lucrative career ahead. For more videos about new-age careers and innovative courses, please log on to www.jagranjosh.com.

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