Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXIX-B6, 25-29, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXIX-B6-25-2012
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19 Jul 2012
SATELLITE BASED EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN REMOTE SENSING AND GEO-INFORMATION: AN E-LEARNING APPROACH TO MEET THE GROWING DEMANDS IN INDIA
P. L. N. Raju1 and P. K. Gupta2 1Group Head, Remote Sensing & Geoinformatics Group, IIRS, Dehradun – 248001, India
2Scientist “SC”, Geoinformatics Department, IIRS, Dehradun – 248001, India
Keywords: Remote Sensing, GIS, Training, Web Based, e-learning Abstract. One of the prime activities of Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Space Program is providing satellite communication services, viz., television broadcasting, mobile communication, cyclone disaster warning and rescue operations etc. so as to improve their economic conditions, disseminate technical / scientific knowledge to improve the agriculture production and education for rural people of India. ISRO, along with National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) conducted experimental satellite communication project i.e. Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE) using NASA’s Advanced Telecommunication Satellite (i.e. ATS 6) with an objective to educate poor people of India via satellite broadcasting in 1975 and 1976, covering more than 2600 villages in six states of India and territories. Over the years India built communication satellites indigenously to meet the communication requirements of India. This has further lead to launch of an exclusive satellite from ISRO for educational purposes i.e. EDUSAT in 2004 through which rich audio-video content is transmitted / received, recreating virtual classes through interactivity.

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) established in 1966, a premier institute in south East Asia in disseminating Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS), mainly focusing on contact based programs. But expanded the scope with satellite based Distance Learning Programs for Universities, utilizing the dedicated communication satellite i.e. EDUSAT in 2007. IIRS conducted successfully eight Distance Learning Programs in the last five years and training more than 6000 students mainly at postgraduate level from more than 60 universities /Institutions spread across India. IIRS obtained feedback and improved the programs on the continuous basis. Expanded the scope of IIRS outreach program to train user departments tailor made in any of the applications of Remote Sensing and Geoinformation, capacity building for ISRO’s operational projects / new satellite missions, developing e-learning contents and launching e-learning courses under twelfth five year (i.e. 2012–17) plan period of Government of India, in addition to continuing of existing distance learning programs for universities.

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Citation: Raju, P. L. N. and Gupta, P. K.: SATELLITE BASED EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN REMOTE SENSING AND GEO-INFORMATION: AN E-LEARNING APPROACH TO MEET THE GROWING DEMANDS IN INDIA, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXIX-B6, 25-29, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXIX-B6-25-2012, 2012.

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