Training Programme on Basics GIS Training Progamme for GIS Mapping on Open Source Sotware
Barrackpore, 24th May, 2024
The Training Programme on Basics GIS Training Progamme for GIS Mapping, held from April 21th to May 24th May, 2024, at CIFRI, Barrackpore, marked a significant endeavor in equipping participants with crucial skills in Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, particularly relevant to the inland fisheries domain. With the escalating importance of understanding the spatial distribution of fish species and water resources for effective fisheries management, the program underscored the indispensable role of GIS techniques in this field. The inauguration of the program was led by Dr. B.K. Das, Director of ICAR-CIFRI. Dr. Das emphasized the significance of GIS and remote sensing skills in fisheries research, providing an overview of previous achievements in mapping resources of inland ri vers. He emphasized the importance of mapping fish species distribution and spatial distribution of water resources, showcasing field data in terms of GIS maps for a user-friendly approach which will be helpful for policy makers of fisheries sector. He urged the trainees to embrace this new scientific area to enhance their research capabilities.

The comprehensive curriculum of the training program spanned over three days, covering a wide array of topics essential for GIS mapping in fisheries research. Scientists, technical staff, and scholars, totaling forty-three participants, explored the fundamental concepts of remote sensing, gaining insights into utilizing open-source software like QGIS for spatial data analysis and visualization. Geo-referencing techniques and mapping using Google Earth imagery were explored in depth, providing participants with practical skills in creating water resource maps and study area maps tailored to the unique features of inland fisheries ecosystems. Additionally, the curriculum offered an overview of various GIS tools and discussed potential future applications and advancements in the field, offering participants a holistic understanding of GIS methodologies in fisheries research.

During the interactive feedback sessions, participants, including scientists and scholars, expressed their satisfaction with the knowledge gained, acknowledging the direct relevance of the program to their research pursuits. They appreciated the hands-on approach adopted during the training, which enabled them to apply GIS techniques effectively in their respective research projects. Participants extended their gratitude to the institutions and coordinators for organizing this valuable training initiative, recognizing its important role in their professional development and research endeavors.

The participants demonstrated remarkable enthusiasm and dedication throughout the three-day program and are keen to further explore GIS in the days ahead. Celebrating their hard work and dedication, the 35 scholars who took part in the GIS training from April 29th to May 1st were awarded certificates for successfully completing the course. The ceremony was a moment of pride, highlighting their commitment to learning and growing their expertise in Geographic Information Systems. Their enthusiasm and active participation throughout the training set a positive tone for future achievements in their careers. The Director of ICAR-CIFRI has encouraged the application of these newfound skills and knowledge in the research field. With sustained effort, ICAR-CIFRI has the potential to emerge as a leading institute in GIS and remote sensing within the Indian fisheries sector.

With the guidance of Dr. Das, The training program was successfully coordinated by Mr. S. K Sahu, with effective assistance from Mrs. Tania Bhowmick and Mrs. Tania Kayal, Mr. Liton Paul, Mrs Hena Chakraborty, Mr. Anurag Singh. In conclusion, the Training Programme on basics GIS Mapping for the Inland Fisheries Sector served as a pivotal platform for research scholars to enhance their GIS skills and gain hands on insights into applying GIS methodologies in fisheries research. By empowering participants with essential tools and knowledge, the program aimed to showcase sustainable practices in inland fisheries management and contribute to the conservation of aquatic ecosystems.

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