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September 2nd, 2008
National Remote Sensing Agency Becomes ISRO Centre

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PR – 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. PTI

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