NRSA becomes a full-fledged ISRO Centre

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Chennai, Sep 1 (UNI) Considering the importance of the activities carried out in the area of aerial and satellite remote sensing, the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), an autonomous society under the Department of Space (DOS), has been converted into a full-fledged National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) from today.

Dr V Jayaraman has been appointed as NRSC Director, Hyderabad.

He took charge from Dr K Radhakrishnan, the outgoing Director, an ISRO release said here.

Established as a registered society under the Department of Science and Technology in 1974 with the objective of undertaking and facilitating remote sensing activities in the country, the administrative control of the NRSA was transferred to the DOS in the early 80s.

With the growth of indigenous efforts in space-borne remote sensing, the NRSA played a major role in the ground segment under the Indian Remote Sensing Programme.

The NRSA, through its training establishment, the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun, has become an institution of international repute for capacity building.

On becoming a part of the ISRO, the NRSC would fully integrate with other ISRO Centres in the development and operations of the ground segment of the large constellation of India Remote Sensing Satellites and would also play a bigger role during the R and D phase of the IRS programme.

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