Dr. Satheesh Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS


Dr. R. Satheesh Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS (formerly known as the Centralized Remote Sensing and GIS Facility, renamed after the first Co-ordinator of the Facility and Reader of the School, late Dr. R. Satheesh), the first of its kind in a university in Kerala is established by the University as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the field of Remote Sensing and GIS applications with technical and financial support from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Dept.of Space, Govt. of India under the National Natural Resources Management System, Sub Committee on Technology and Training (NNRMS-SC-T) Programme as a joint venture of the University and ISRO. The facility was inaugurated by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, ISRO on March 15, 2003.


Dr. R. Satheesh Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS is located in the Mahatma Gandhi university campus, Priyadarsini Hills, Athirampuzha 13 kilometers from Kottayam Railway Station and 4 kilometers from Ettumanoor. To reach the campus take the deviation from M.C. Road at Ettumanoor or Gandhi Nagar. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport situated at Nedumbassery, Cochin which is about 80  km away. Private buses to Ernakulam starting from the Nagampadom bus stand at  the northern end of the railway platform at Kottayam stop at the university. It is located 13  km away from the city of Kottayam.



  • Qualified and well experienced faculties with expertise in different areas of Geoinformation Science and Technology.
  • Smart classrooms with high speed unlimited internet facility.
  • Ample hands- on experienced in real- time projects.
  • Well-equipped state of the Art facilities laboratory housed with ground truth and interpretation equipment’s and high performance graphic workstations. PCs and Servers and powerful industry standard software packages.
  • High quality and exhaustive training materials.
  • Access to Department Library with more than 7000 books + 4000 E- Journals. Free accesses of E-journals under the UGC-INFLIBNET programme are also available through institutional network.
  • Lectures from invited facuilties, regular workshops and seminars.
  • Training organized with technical support from ISRO. Banglore under the National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS).



GIS and Remote Sensing lab

AutoCAD lab

Survey and Drafting lab

Photogrammetry and Visual lab

Softwares Available

ArcGIS 10.5.1

Surfer V23

Erdas Imagine 2015

AutoCAD 2D


Total Station Equipment

Spectroradiometer (Visible- IR range)

GPS- Garmin



TruArc™ 15 Compass

Brunton- Omni Sight Sighting Compass

Brunton- Omni Slope Sighting Inclinometer

Brunton- Standard Transit


Geomatics is a comprehensive term applied to the Geoinformation Science and Technology – the powerful combination of various spatial and data processing technologies namely: Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Mapping and Surveying, GPS, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and GIS.

The Structure and Content

The course is designed by experts to provide sufficient knowledge and advanced training in the field of RS, GIS and GPS. The theoretical and practical modules consist of fundamental concepts of Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing, GIS, GPS, Database Design, Computer and ICT, Information Analysis and modelling.

The courses highlights on various application fields like, Natural Resource Management , Utilities Management, Urban and Regional Planning, Land or Urban Information Systems and Municipal GIS, Customisation and Application Software Development.

The Course Module

  • Mapping Concept- Geodesy
  • Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Digital Image Processing
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems and GPS Survey
  • Total station survey
  • AutoCAD
  • Project Work

Target Group and Eligibility

Graduates / Post Graduates and researchers/scholars in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Ecology, Environmental Science and Management, Agriculture, Forestry, Architecture, Town and Country planning, Civil engineering, Electronics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Community Medicine, Commerce and Management can apply. Working professionals and senior and middle level officials from corporate bodies, government departments, agencies, NGOs, local self-governments and researchers and academicians from universities, colleges and institutions can participate the training as sponsored candidates.

Duration and Periodicity

The duration of the course is 6 months (24 weeks) comprising of theory, practical and project work. There will be two batches in a year commencing in March and September every year.

Fee Structure

Prior Registration: Rs.1, 000/-

Course Fee : Rs. 32,000/- (Include prior registration fee and can  fee and can remit in 2 installments.)

Caution Deposit : Rs. 1,500/- (Refundable)

Evaluation and Certification

The participants will be evaluated through internal assessment, final examination for theory and viva- voce for the project work. Participants will be graded based on the marks gained and the successful candidates will be issued proficiency certificates.be issued proficiency certificates.


Placement support will be given to all the students as per the demand of various research institutions, government organization and companies. Alumnus of the course are working under various government organisations, NGOs and companies like WIPRO, Infosys, Trimble, Garmin, Genesys, Map My India, PAN Environ India, ULCCS etc.

How to Apply

The application form downloaded from the website https://ses.mgu.ac.in/ . The completely filled application form along with the Application+ Registration fee of Rs 250/- as DD drawn in favour of Director, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University should be mailed (registered/ speed post only) to the The Co-ordinator, Dr. R. Satheesh Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Priya Darshini Hills P. O., Kottayam – 686 560. Kerala, India. Mob: 9446767451.

Those who want to reserve their seats while applying itself should send a single DD of Rs.1,250/- (Rs. 1,000/- is the amount that is paid from the course fee in advance to book the seat), provided the qualifications are matching with the requirement. This arrangement is due to the admission policy of ‘First-Come First Serve‘


  1. Internship Programmes

Every year during the month of August we are offering an online internships programme for the Academicians, Professionals, Scholars and Students. The duration of the programme will be 30 days and Internship certificate also will be provided at the end of the course based on the attendance in the online sessions.

Interested persons can do offline internship for any duration during any months at the centre also (Fee:- Rs. 5000/month).

  1. Students Project

Guidance and supports are given for students of B. Sc, B. Tec, M. Sc and M. Tec programmes of various streams who wish to incorporate Geoinformatics tool in their research work (Fee:- Rs. 5000/month).

  1. Free Online courses

The centre is a recognized network institution of Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Deradurn and organizing online courses IIRS-ISRO E-CLASS Platform.

Also we are recognized network institution of NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) and jointly organizing courses under SWAYAM portal.

Contact Us:

THE CO-ORDINATOR (Dr. Abin Varghese)


School of Environmental Sciences

Mahatma Gandhi University

PD Hills P. O., Kottayam -686560

Ph: 0481-2732120, 2732620

Mob: +91 9446767451

Email: rsgismgu@gmail.com


For More Details see below:

Brochure of the short term program

How to apply for Short term course in Geoinformation Science and Technology

Application form for Short term course in Geoinformation Science and Technology