About us

About Us

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) under Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space, Govt. of India is a premier Training and Educational Institute set up for developing trained professionals in the field of Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and GPS Technology for Natural Resources, Environmental and Disaster Management.

It functions as a constituent Unit of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space, Government of India. Formerly known as Indian Photo-interpretation Institute (IPI), founded in 1966, the Institute boasts to be the first of its kind in entire South-East Asia. While nurturing its primary endeavour to build capacity among the user community by training mid-career professionals, the Institute has enhanced its capability and evolved many training & education programmes that are tuned to meet the requirements of various target groups, ranging from fresh graduates to policy makers including academia.

The Institute campus also houses the headquarters of the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and The Pacific (CSSTEAP), affiliated to the United Nations and first of its kind established in the region in 1995. IIRS provides support to conduct all its remote sensing and GIS training & education programmes at postgraduate level. The headquarters of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), the largest non-governmental scientific society in the country, is also located in the Institute campus.


The initial focus of IIRS was to use EDUSAT/INSAT 4CR satellite for distance learning but extended the scope to use broadband internet so that access to large number of institutions/universities /individuals with little cost the user. IIRS distance learning program initiated in 2007 and successfully conducted 16 programs in the last nine years. The first course was attended from twelve universities and the number of institutions /universities increased manifold. The sixteenth course is in progress with more than 350+ institutions /universities /departments with more than 5000 number of participants attending the program live and interactive. IIRS program is unique and interactive and demand is increasing not only universities but among research institutions, user departments and individuals. In this mode of online education the teachers are available for live classroom during 15:30/16:00 hrs to 17:30 hrs on daily basis during the course. The practical exercises are being conducted as live demonstration with open source and COTS packages. The live classes are being conducted using A-VIEW system developed by Amrita University funded by Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Table 1- Distribution of e-learning hours for available courses under IIRS e-learning programme.

e-learning hours
Subject Theory Practical
Image Statistics 03 02
Basic Remote Sensing 19 03
Photogrammetry and Cartography 12 02
Digital Image Processing 14 07
Geographical Information System 19 07
Global Navigation Satellite System 04 02
Customization of Geospatial Tools 03 05
Applications of Geospatial Technologies-Theory 04 -

The e-learning contents are created as interactive multimedia application and integrated with customized LMS based on Moodle. The user registration and admission module is developed outside Moodle LMS for proper user management and linking the participants with IIRS EDUSAT programme. The adopted e-learning objet standard and other technical details are shown in Table 2.

Table 2- Technologies and standards

Component Technology/Standard
Operating System Linux
Database Server MySQl
Application Development PHP, Javascript and HTML, Flash
LMS Moodle
Web Server Apache
Object standard Object standard SCORM 2004, 4th edition
Online classes Apache OpenMeeting
URL http://elearning.iirs.gov.in

The hardware infrastructure is setup for 1000 concurrent learners with 100 Mbps Internet connectivity from NKN which is fully scalable to satisfy more number of participants. The open source software and data sets for practical exercises are also available to the participants. In future it is planned to give access to IIRS laboratory for practical exercises through private cloud.

The IIRS e-learning courses are flexible for anytime, anywhere learning keeping in mind the demands of geographically dispersed audience and their requirements. The program is comprehensive with variety of online delivery modes with interactive, easy to learn and having a proper blend of concepts and practical to elicit students' full potential. Following courses are available:

Comprehensive certificate course on Remote Sensing and Geo-information Science- 4 Months duration.

One month fundamental certificate courses on:

  • Basics of Remote Sensing.
  • Photogrammetry and Cartography.
  • Geographical Information System and Global Navigation Satellite System.
  • Digital Image Processing.

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