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Learning remote sensing

I have checked a good number of Universities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in relation to courses (long and short-term) in the area of Remote Sensing and related aspects of study. But not one of them runs programmes that are focused on Remote Sensing. I was given to understand by a blog communication that there is an institute in Uttaranchal that is conducting these programmes. Can you provide details?


via e-mail, Bangalore

The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) (, Dehradun, conducts the following programmes that will surely interest you:

Master of Technology in Remote Sensing and GIS, a two-year programme

Master of Science in Geo-Informatics and Geo hazards, a 18-month programme

Post-Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS, a 10-month programme

Four-month Certificate Programme in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Short-term certificate courses for a duration of eight weeks are conducted in the areas of GIS Technology and Applications; Cartography and Mapping; Remote Sensing (RS) and GIS in Agriculture and Soils; RS and GIS in Botany/Ecology/Environment; Geoscience; Urban and Regional Planning; Marine Sciences and Water Resources

For more details, contact the Dean/TSO, IIRS (National Remote Sensing Centre), Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space, Government of India, 4, Kalidas Road, Dehradun-248 001. Ph: 0135-2744583.

I had heard about the U21 Universitas. Are its programmes recognised in India? Can you provide inputs on its Global Management Development Series?


via e-mail, Bangalore

Universitas 21 (U21) ( is a global business school providing online Management and Information Technology programmes.

U21 has created a niche for itself in the shortest possible time. The Global Management Development Series (GMDS) corporate programme has a choice of 78 modules to choose from the 13 areas of study viz., Marketing, Strategic Management, Services Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, eBusiness, Knowledge Management, Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Global Business and Market Choice, Economics of Management, Accounting and Finance, Operations Management and Logistics.

Flexibility and choice of courses are the positives. For more details you can browse the website or e-mail to

The nearest U21 office is U21 Global, South India Representative Office, Suite No. 207, Regency Enclose (near Garuda Mall), No. 4, Magrath Road, Bangalore-560 025.

I am working as consultant in a reputed IT software organisation for the past seven years. I am a B.E Electronics and Communications engineer and passed out in 2004. I am confused about my future. Should I pursue MBA or do postgraduation in IT to better my career opportunities?

Donald Sukumaran

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Pursuing an MBA in Information Technology will help you to study the aspects of Management and Managerial Science and also focus for one semester on Information Technology, which will keep you in good stead. These days organisations have tied up with institutions of repute world-wide for the associates/employees/consultants to pursue programmes that will help in career growth.

Instead of pursuing something outside of your work environment, speak with your Unit Human Resources leaders and understand the learning opportunities that are available. The organisations have devised specific programmes to help individuals to get into leadership roles.

If none of these interest you, look towards the IIMs which have devised many a programme for the technology specialist which not only augments knowledge but also helps in career development or mid-career changes, if one requires. BITS, Pilani ( has developed innovative programmes for in-service executives which has wide ramifications on one's career.

I want to know if there are any programmes conducted on a regular basis in the area of Stock Exchange and Capital Markets. I have cleared MBA with specialisation in Finance and Portfolio Management but feel the urge to study further.


via e-mail, Bangalore

The Indian Institute of Capital Markets (IICM) ( organises the one-year full-time Post-Graduate Securities Markets Programme (PGPSMP). It is open for those who possess Master's or Bachelor's degree from any recognised university.

Those with Bachelor's degree should have at least two years experience. The programme specialises in the area of securities market and helps the learner to acquire the relevant skills.

Spread over four terms it has a good spread of 24 courses in the areas of Derivatives, Investment Management, Risk Management and Hedge Funds, Treasury Management, Mergers and Acquisition, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Venture Capital and Private Equity.

For further details and to obtain prospectus and application form you should contact SMP Admissions (Komal Mayekar), IICM, Plot No. 82, Sector 17, Vashi, Navi Mumbai-400 705. Ph: 022-27883016. E-mail:

Shaheed Khan

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