Capacity Building

Hands on Training Statistical maps and analysis with Q-GIS- A course module on Geographical management information System (GMIS).

Sponsored by TRAC (Erstwhile APSRAC).


To spread GIS and RS awareness among the line departments at district level and to train them on preparation of maps with statistical data along with hands on experience in Q-GIS( open source GIS software). This helps them in representing their data in the form of a map, which is the basic component in building geographical management information system.

Maps are prepared on various themes such as Population, Education, agriculture, health, Drinking water, etc. Each of these parameters when overlaid with other data or parameters would result a decision making system which helps policy makers in building, monitoring and analysing the functioning of various development activities.

Spatial Data Management Hub (SDMH) for Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Department

TRAC is the nodal agency for Remote Sensing, GIS and related applications, registered under AP societies Registration Act, 2001 (779 of 2009) with Telangana Adaptation Order 2014. As per G. O. Ms. No. 28 & 29, Planning (I) Department, Dt. 05-08-2013, orders have been issued for establishment of Telangana (erstwhile Andhra Pradesh) Geo-graphic Management Information System (TSGMIS) & Telangana (erstwhile Andhra Pradesh) State Spatial Data Infrastructure (TSSDI). The TSGMIS is established with an objective of a new information regime supporting good governance, sustainable development and citizen empowerment through offering GIS decision support services; a state-wide, standardised, seamless and most-current GIS asset for governance, private enterprise and citizens. The TSSDI as state level repository of a digital “warehouse” of the state map data holdings (that include the satellite images, SoI maps and other GIS layers) and to facilitate the sharing and access of the digital spatial information for promoting remote sensing based planning and monitoring of activities at community, local and state levels for better governance.

As part of TSSDI & TSGMIS, Spatial Data Management Hub (SDMH) will be established in 14 selected departments and RWS&S is one of the departments identified. The Geosciences Division of TRAC has conducted half-a-day training programme to about 352 Engineers in 9 batches on "Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (RS) & GIS Application and usage of Ground water prospecting" during October 2013 to April 2014 as part of induction training programme to newly recruited RWS&S Engineers. The SDMH shall have the overall goal to improve the quality of life by enhancing access to better water supply & sanitation facilities in the rural areas and ensuring sustainability.

The remote sensing and GIS techniques have emerged as very effective and reliable tools in the groundwater studies. The Spatial Data Management Hub (SDMH) in RWS&S helps in sustainably managing the community based water supply schemes. GIS helps in monitoring the status of habitations, for selecting site specific locations for studying regional water quality monitoring, to know up to date status of the water quality affected habitations and to alert the administration / local community for taking alternate remedial measures.

Training content:
  1. Concepts of SDMH & RWSS Functions
  2. Principles of Remote Sensing & GIS
  3. Preparation and Usage of Groundwater Prospects Maps

Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI) & TSIPARD(Telangana State Institute Of Panchayat Raj And Rural Development(erstwhile APARD) Hyderabad

Conducted by IIRS through Edusat.


This program is conducted by IIRS as there is need for trained manpower in the field of RS and GIS whose need is rapidly increasing in various fields. TRAC co-ordinated these course for its employees who do not have RS and GIS in their curriculum so as to lay a strong foundation in the basic concepts of this technology.

Through Internet this program is accessed live with the help of A-VIEW software by Amrita University where a qualified scientist delivers his lecture along with the presentation from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Lecture session is followed by query session for 30min.

This program has four modules and the duration is four months 4th August to 14th November of 2014 including online tests for each module. Capacity Building team repeated classes in few important topics after each session for better understanding and also conducted internal tests before facing the online test.

Conducted by IIRS through Edusat.


To enhance the awareness on Geospatial technologies, in the field of urban Planning, where the major reasons for unsustainable Urban growth has been the lack of up-to-date and accurate spatial data on which urban planners can base their plans. Geospatial technologies pave way to these planning problems, as they offer accurate and timely spatial data at affordable cost.

IIRS has designed 16th IIRS Outreach Programme on "Geospatial Technologies for Urban Planning". The course is scheduled from 11 February to 15 March 2016. The course will contain 4/5 lectures per week (each of one and half hour duration).

The programme is sponsored by National Natural Resources Management System -Standing Committee on Training and Education (SC-T), Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space, and Government of India and is conducted with due technical support from Amrita E-Learning Research Lab, Kollam, Kerala.

TRAC also has participated in this course. 30 members are attending the course daily from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Along with theoretical knowledge, technical awareness.