Tuesday, September 02, 2008

National Remote Sensing Agency becomes ISRO centre

The National Remote Sensing Agency, functioning as an autonomous society under Department of Space, has been converted into a full-fledged organisation --National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) from today, Indian Space Research Organisation announced.

"It is expected that, with its conversion as an ISRO centre, NRSC will fully integrate with other ISRO centres in the development and operations of the ground segment of the large constellation of India Remote Sensing Satellites," the ISRO said.

The National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) was established as a registered society under the Department of Science and Technology in 1974 with an objective of undertaking and facilitating remote sensing activities in the country.

The administrative control of NRSA was transferred to the Department of Space (DoS) during early eighties. With the growth of indigenous efforts in space borne remote sensing, NRSA played a major role in the ground segment under the Indian Remote Sensing Programme, an ISRO statement said.

The NRSA, with its training establishment of Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) in Dehra Dun, has become an institution of international repute for capacity building, it said.

As a government entity, NRSC is expected to fulfil its goals playing a major role in important national programmes through linkages with all concerned government departments such as Agriculture, Water Resources, Urban Development, and Home Affairs, including the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), it said.

Meanwhile, Dr V Jayaraman has been appointed as director, NRSC, Hyderabad. He has taken charge from outgoing Director K Radhakrishnan.

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