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Students searching for slightly unusual but highly rewarding careers, beyond the career choices among the top engineering colleges in India would be pleasantly surprised to discover the career options in Geoinformatics. Students who have an inherent orientation towards information technology and science subjects should consider opting for a career in remote sensing, Geoinformatics or geospatial analysis. At first glance, these words might seem like research subjects but they are an interesting amalgamation of geography, earth sciences and information technology applications. These subjects are aimed at providing data in the textual and imaging form of different geographical locations. These subjects are at the core of many critical industries such as those involved in telecommunications, weather mapping and far-distance networking technologies.
Due to a comparatively limited acknowledgment of these subjects among the student community, professionals who have completed such courses are in great demand, in India and across the world. This is mainly because networking communications and applications like GPS information systems, environmental and resource management for industrial growth and disaster management are a global phenomenon and considered vital for the infrastructural progress for any nation. All these applications are handled by students who have the required experience and qualifications like a diploma in GIS or GPS technologies or geo-information systems.
You will be pleasantly surprised to know that one of the leading training institutions in Asia providing training for such coveted courses is located in Dehradun, called the IIRS or the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing. The credibility and global acknowledgement of this institution is undeniable since it has been set-up in coordination with the National Remote Sensing Centre and Department of Space in India that are the two leading, national-level organizations handling geo-engineering and geoinformatics.
The IIRS is a training & educational institution that is sought after by foreign and Indian students ever year for the few seats it offers. The placement percentage for IIRS seems to average around the 100% mark. The IIRS functions in collaboration with the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation based in the Netherlands. Till date, IIRS has trained and placed more than 6000 students. It should be noted that GIS and remote sensing professionals can seek salary packages ranging from 5 – 15 lakhs, per annum, with ease. The IIRS offers programmes in:
Most of the courses listed above need graduation and above as the basic academic qualification wherein graduation in a particular stream is often required. More details can be sought at: http://www.iirs-nrsc.gov.in/