Indian Institute of Remote Sensing

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing

The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing is the training and education arm of the Indian Department of Space. Located in Dehradun, the institute offers a variety of courses in Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), ranging in length from one week to two years.


Although formerly known as the Indian Photo-Interpretation Institute (IPI), the IIRS was set up in 1966 under the patronage of the Survey of India to provide hands-on training of emerging remote sensing technology. The success of satellite remote sensing in early 1970's created a need for personnel trained in the utilization of remote sensing technology. The IIRS was then merged with the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA)] in July 1976. The next decade saw the emergence of remote sensing as a powerful tool for natural resource survey and management, and in 1980 the NRSA was put under the umbrella of the Indian Government's Department of Space,

Courses Offered

The main focus of the IIRS is training and education in the field of geoinformatics. Technology and applications of Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS are taught in the form of training and education at various levels (decision making level to working level or fresh post graduate level).

Main courses can be categorized as

Educational Courses

1. M. Tech in Remote Sensing and GIS (Mapping and Monitoring), affiliated toAndhra University, in one of the following optional streams
* Agriculture & Soils
* Forestry & Ecology
* Geosciences
* Marine Sciences
* Human Settlement Analysis
* Water Resources"'2. Master's in Science, awarded by ITC, Netherlands in
* Geoinformatics
* Geo Hazards

Training Courses

1. Post Graduate Diploma (10 month) in
* Agriculture & Soils
* Forestry & Ecology
* Geosciences
* Marine Sciences
* Human Settlement Analysis
* Water Resources
* Digital Photogrammetry
* Geoinformetics
* Geo Hazards"'2. Certificate Courses ( 4 month)
* Basic Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing
* GIS in Geosciences
* Land Information System
* GIS in Soils & Landuse Planning
* GIS in Water Resources Management
* GIS in Coastal Zone Management
* GIS in Forest Management
* Geo-Hazards

Training opportunities for special groups

* Special Course
** Orientation Course in any area of Natural Resource Management,Environmental Assessment and Disaster Management
* Awareness course/workshop on Geo-Hazards
** Awareness course/workshop on Geo-Hazards
** Overview for decision makers

International Programmes

* Short Course on Remote Sensing with special emphasis on Digital ImageProcessing (ITEC Sponsored)
* Short Course on Geoinformatics (ITEC Sponsored)

NNRMS/ISRO sponsored courses

(The following NNRMS and ISRO-sponsored courses are for university faculty only.)
* GIS Technology and Applications
* RS & GIS Applications to Water Resources
* RS & GIS in Forestry/ Botany / Ecology / Wildlife / Environmental Science
* RS & GIS in Urban & Regional Planning
* Cartography and Mapping
* RS & GIS in Geosciences
* RS & GIS in Soils and Land Use Planning

Applying to IIRS

Eligible candidates can apply directly to any course, filling up the application form and sending it to Dean, IIRS, P.B. No.135, Dehradun. Online application is not supported. Government candidates have to send with proper sponsorship. Foreign candidates have to route through Indian Embassies in their country.

Related Links

* [ Indian Institute Of Remote Sensing]
* [ Department of Space]
* [ National remote Sensing Agency]

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