ICIMOD Supports Basic GIS Training for University Students of Nepal


At the request of alumni from the SERVIR-Himalaya initiative’s Youth Forum, the Nepal GIS Society conducted a six-day training course on the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with support from ICIMOD on 9 October . The training addressed a knowledge gap that has been identified in the use of GIS, GPS, and other geospatial applications among university students in Nepal.

Participants acquired knowledge and skills on GIS as well as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and were exposed to the mainstream GIS software (i.e., ArcGIS 10) used for handling spatial information, analysis, and presentation and in the preparation of professional maps. 

Over half of the training course involved hands-on exercises, for which thematic datasets from Nepal were used to make the work more relevant. Half a day was spent in the field to practice the use of GPS and integrate and validate geo-information. 

Participants also visited the MENRIS division at ICIMOD and received lectures from MENRIS staff. Twenty students were selected from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, and several other institutions. More than half of the participants were female.

The Nepal GIS Society (NEGISS) is a non-profit organization established in 1995. The society has more than 200 professional members and carries out various activities, including conducting training programmes in the use of GIS.