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Top Courses in Cartography in India

May 17, 2018 11:48 IST
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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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