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Remote Sensing & GIS

School of Sciences
  • Chief Mentor :
    Prof (Dr.) A.B. Bhattacharya, Pro Vice Chancellor
  • HOD (Acting):
    Dr. Sanhita Banerjee Chattoraj
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About the Department
Career Prospects

Today, the world is being scanned constantly by highly sophisticated earth resources Satellites like IRS (India), LANDSAT (USA), SPOT (France), ERS (ESA), RADARSAT (Canada), IKONOS and Quick bird etc. Availability of repetitive remote sensing (RS) data in digital and pictorial forms has increased the scope of identifying, mapping, monitoring, classifying and evaluating different forms of renewable and non-renewable earth resources using multi-spectral, multi scanner and multi-temporal RS data products. The benefits of space technology, both direct and indirect, have introduced new dimensions into the study and understanding of Earth’s processes and in improving the quality of life for the people living on it.

The department offers M.Sc – Remote Sensing & GIS, a post graduate course for 2 years.

Course Objective

The objective of the course is to introduce the technical and applied aspects of Remote Sensing and GIS, besides theoretical knowledge on the subject for monitoring and managing huge earth resources. Emphasis is given on the collection, processing and application of aerial and satellite based data in addition to image acquisition and interpretation. The curriculum is made giving priority on the following aspects of Remote Sensing & GIS.

  • Fundamentals of Remote Sensing, Platforms and Sensors, Fundamentals of Geographic Information System, Digital Cartography, Statistical concepts in RS, Surveying and Global Positioning System.
  • Geo-statistics & Statistical applications in GIS, Information Extraction from Satellite Images, GIS data Analysis, Geodesy, Digital Image Processing, Application of Geo-informatics, Spatial decision support system.
  • Thermal and Microwave Remote Sensing, Hyper spectral Remote Sensing and Lidar, Radar Systems, Satellite Techniques, Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in Resource Management.
  • Computational and Photogrammetric Lab, GIS Lab, RS Lab, Digital Signal and Image Processing Lab, Earth Science and Geology Lab.


  • Be a Centre of excellence in the field of Geo-spatial Technology education and research to match the needs of ever increasing requirement of human resources in these fields and to cater to the larger interest of the Society and Nation
  • Impart quality education and equip the students with strong foundation that could make them capable of handling challenges of the ever advancing geo-spatial technologies


The mission of the course is to introduce the technical and applied aspects of Remote Sensing and GIS, besides theoretical knowledge on the subject for monitoring and managing huge earth resources. Emphasis is given on the collection, processing and application of aerial and satellite based data in addition to image acquisition and interpretation.

Program Educational Objective

  • To prepare the students for identifying, analysing and solving geospatial problems with an exempt level
  • Getting expertise in different software operating and handling programming works with high confidence and efficiency
  • To impart the students with strong base of knowledge that makes them suitable both for industries as well as for teaching and research
  • To train the students in developing proper pathway for executing any plan of action in applied sectors

Program Outcome:

  • A strong base of knowledge about Remote Sensing and GIS that make the students encouraged for higher education and research work further ahead
  • Experience with applied approaches of different Remote Sensing and GIS techniques which help them to make an entry in commercial world of geospatial industries
  • Sensitiveness towards social ethics, public policies and individual responsibilities towards the society for better sustainability
M.Sc. in Remote Sensing & GIS

Duration: 2 Years

Eligibility: B.Sc.(Hons.)with at least 45%* marks in Electronics/Physics/Mathematics/Geography/ Geology/ Applied Geology/Geo Physics/ Geo Informatics/Oceanography/ Environmental Science and Equivalent degree (OR) B.E./ B. Tech in ECE/EE/Civil/Geo Informatics/CSE/ Agriculture Engineering/Urban & Regional Planning/ IT (OR) B.Sc., Agriculture/ Forestry/ Horticulture (4 years). Mathematics in (10+2) level is compulsory.

About the Course

M.Sc. in “Remote Sensing & GIS” is a postgraduate course with duration of 2 years and is divided into four semesters. Out of the four semesters, the first three semesters are devoted to exhaustive course work and the fourth semester has two compulsory elective courses and research project with a mandate to work as a member of a research group in a project in close association with the subject matter experts. This course trains the students to enable them to apply their knowledge and practical training in identification of measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance and relative to the goals of the system. More specifically, it is a field of science and technology.

The objective of this course is to equip the students with the required knowledge and practical training to make them proficient at technologies in-vogue and trains them to take up projects relevant to the industrial needs, the R& D activities and self-employment opportunities. Anyone, either with science or technology background, and is interested in remote sensing and GIS can opt for this course. This course is perfect for the aspirants who see their future in high profile jobs or for ones with a fondness for self-run business can also apply for this course and put themselves in a position where they can make a difference. The students who are able to think, can work collaboratively in teams, have an eye for detail and possess management skills are tailor made for this course.


  • Modern classroom with projector system and all other facilities.
  • State of art digital laboratory with latest version of ERDUS, ENVI, ArcGIS and many other image processing softwares.
  • Adequate number of LCD computers with high speed internet facility.
  • Internship facilities equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), Total Station and Water Quality Analyzer, Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) data recording and interpretation.
  • Intensive tutorials for both theory and lab.
  • Individual care for enhancing the academic level.

Future Plan

  • Offering more special paper to the students giving priority to this challenging interdisciplinary field of science and technology.
  • Improving the existing infrastructural facilities.
  • Providing more career oriented guidance and counseling program.
  • Setting up a modern laboratory for Weather, Atmospheric and Radio Astronomy Studies.
  • Developing an experimental project laboratory of radio signal reception from ELF to VHF band for spectral analysis in perturbed atmosphere.

M.Sc. Remote Sensing and GIS : Employment Areas

  • Department of Space and at its various centers.
  • Regional Remote Sensing Centers.
  • State Remote Sensing Application Centers.
  • National Remote Sensing centers
  • Central Ground Water Board
  • Defense Terrain Research Laboratory
  • All India soil and Land Use Survey.
  • Atomic Mineral Division.
  • Geological Survey of India.
  • National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land use planning.
  • Remote Sensing Laboratories of various Universities.
  • Companies engaged in GIS and its application studies.

M.Sc. Remote Sensing and GIS : Job Types

  • Remote Sensing Tech Lead.
  • Project Fellow/Project Assistant.
  • Assistant Professor.
  • Technical Associate.
  • Assistant Project Manager.
  • Branch Manager/Regional Manager.
  • GIS Executive.
  • Application Support Analyst.
  • Research Associate.
  • Technical Assistant.
  • Sales Executive.
  • Operations Manager.
  • Remote Sensing & GIS Software Analyst.
  • Technical Program Manager.
  • Assessment and management of natural resources
  • Radio signal studies
  • Coastal Mapping
  • Natural hazards and disasters
  • Suitability analysis for crops and specific land use features
  • Remote Sensing & GIS Software Analyst.
  • Network analysis and shortest route delineation
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