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University of Madras
Centenary Buildings, Tholkappiar Campus, Chepauk, Chennai - 600 005
(Established under the Act of Incorporation XXVII of 1857 – Madras University Act 1923)
(State University)
Admissions 2011-2012
The University is offering M.Sc.,(Geoinformatics) degree course under Private Study (Semester) during the academic year 2011-2012 in the Department of Geography.
1. Introduction
An Intensive Two-Year M.Sc Geoinformatics (Private study) at the Department of Geography, University of Madras is designed to provide the candidates a sound knowledge in the field of Geospatial technology for effective use of Geoinformatics in sustainable resource development planning. The course is designed for management level training for duration of two years. Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to contribute to the design, implementation and management of geoinformation production systems and quality control systems.
2. Objectives
The main objective is to provide a comprehensive training in theory and practice in the field of Geoinformatics at the level of supervisors. After the completion of the Degree, the graduate should be capable of performing competently the routine tasks in the field of geoinformatics and capacity to supervise technicians in the routine tasks and relate to professionals in the planning and execution of Geoinformatics projects.
3. Main Target Groups
The course is mainly intended for those who are involved in the operational use of integrated Geoinformation production and management in:
• National survey and mapping organisations, International organisations, United Nations etc
• Application oriented organizations (cadastre, local authorities, utilities companies, natural resources surveys, environment, private geoinformation production organizations),
• Private sector,(examples: Information technology industry, GIS consulting firms, Environmental management agencies, Tourist industry, Utility companies, E-commerce, Mineral exploration
• Emergency services, Public health and epidemiology, Planning and urban development, Crime mapping, Transportation and infrastructure
• And many more
4. Eligibility for Admission
A Candidate who has passed BA/BSc Degree Examination with Geography / Geology /Physics/ Environmental Sciences / Computer Science / Computer Applications/Information Technology/ Agriculture/Remote Sensing as the main subject of study or Geography as one of the subjects of study with knowledge of mathematics / statistics at least at the +2 level or BE Civil Engineering or any Information Technology related fields or an examination of any other University accepted by the syndicate as equivalent thereto.
Candidates with degrees in other subject areas will be considered if they can demonstrate interest, aptitude and experience in a field relevant to the application of geospatial technology.
5. Duration of the Course
The duration of the course is for two academic years consisting of FOUR semesters.
6. Medium of Instruction: English
7. Nature of the Programme
The Course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations, seminars, practical and project workshops offered under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). The course will be offered under Private Study at the Department of Geography, University of Madras.
8. Cost of the Programme and student Strength Course Fee is Rs.50, 000/- (Fifty thousand only) for two years. Fees should be paid at the time of admission. Payment shall be made in two instalments (First year: 25,000, Second year: 25,000). Maximum student strength will be 50.
9. Compulsory Intensive Contact Classes and Orientation
Ten days of practical sessions including lectures and seminars will be conducted at the Department of Geography, University of Madras for each semester and the attendance is compulsory and a minimum of 80 percent of attendance to be gained by each candidate. For the examination purposes, the record works completed and duly signed at the intensive practical training along will be considered for examination. All practical exercises will be recorded in A4 size sheets and submitted for evaluation.
10. Project Work
The M.Sc project is an extended piece of work carried out largely independently. At the end of the third semester, the title of the project work will be decided and approved for each candidate. A faculty member will be assigned as advisor. The topic for research project work within the fields of cartography, geographic information science, spatial planning, photogrammetric mapping, settlement studies, remote sensing, etc. will be selected by the student in consultation with the advisor. Students are encouraged to carry out projects in collaboration with industry, or in support of research projects in the Department of Geography/ Government departments/UN agencies.At the end of the project, students will have to present a seminar. The project report shall be submitted by the candidate before the commencement of the Second Year Examinations. Viva will be conducted at the Department of Geography, University of Madras, Chennai.
11. Eligibility for the Award of Degree
A candidate shall be declared to have passed the examination if he/she obtains not less than 50 percent of the marks in each paper / practical / project. The candidate who does not obtain the required minimum marks for a pass in a paper(s) / practical / project shall be required to appear for and pass the same at a subsequent appearance. A candidate shall be eligible for the award of the degree only if he/she has undergone the full course of study for a period of not less than two academic years and pass the examinations in all the four semesters and earn the prescribed 91 credits.
All courses are standardised and the Credits for each course are in accordance with the hours of learning process, which includes lectures, labs or project work or presentation in the form of report or / record The subjects listed under each semester are compulsory courses in each semester.
12. Examination
Examinations will be conducted at the end of each semester. Those candidates who have attended the intensive practical training only will be eligible to appear for theory examination. The candidates who pass all the examination prescribed for the course in the first appearance only are eligible for ranking.
Applications can be had in person at the Information Centre, University of Madras, Chennai – 600 005 on payment of Rs.300/- by cash.
ISSUE OF APPLICATION BY POST : Those who want to obtain application by Post have to send a written requisition specifying the name of the programme together with a Demand Draft for a sum of Rs.350/- (Rs.300/- towards cost of Application and Rs.50/- towards postage) drawn in favour of “The Registrar, University of Madras, Chennai – 5.”
Application can also be downloaded from the university website at or
However, the cost of application for Rs.300/- by means of Demand Draft shall be enclosed, failing which the application will be summarily rejected.
Last date for issue /submission of filled in application : 30.09.2011
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