India: Gujarat University, India, has initiated an advanced PG diploma in Geoinformatics and Satellite Communication. The course is offered by the department of physics, electronics and space science, in collaboration with the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of ISRO and the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL).
The course involves a two-semester advanced PG diploma and many fields benefit from it, including town planning, development of navigation systems, automatic vehicle location systems, transportation planning and engineering. This advanced degree is also helpful in environmental modelling and analysis, telecommunications, agriculture and public health.
This course will impart training in various disciplines of geoinformatics such as remote sensing, GIS, photogrammmetry and areas of telecommunication such as satellite communication, mobile communication, satellite navigation etc. The course has been designed to cater to the requirements of research, technology development and applications in the fields of geoinformatics and telecommunication.
In each semester, there are five theory papers, spanning about 36 lectures of one-hour duration each and a major project. The first semester consists of papers like atmospheric physics, fundamentals of remote sensing, and basics and application of GIS. In this semester, the students will also be taught about microwave systems and satellite systems and orbits. In the second semester, the students will be taught about satellite communication, satellite navigation, mobile communication, remote sensing applications and photogrammetry, besides having a project.