ISRO offers a free 15-week online course in remote sensing


ISRO: Interested candidates can apply for the course on the official website –

ISRO Free Remote Sensing Program

NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) offers a free online program – Fundamentals of Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for students, researchers and interested professionals. Interested candidates can apply for the course on the official website –

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The Indian Institute for Remote Sensing (IIRS) is running the course for 15 weeks from January 24 to May 9, 2022. The course includes 75 hours of learning through four modules – Basics of Remote Sensing, Global Navigation Satellite System , geography information system and geospatial technology applications.

ISRO scientist and teacher Poonam S Tiwari, Dehradun, is the course instructor. She holds an MA in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and obtained her PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.

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During the course, candidates will be trained in basic principles of remote sensing, Earth observation sensors and platforms, thermal remote sensing, spectral signatures of different land cover characteristics, interpretation visual images and hyperspectral remote sensing technology.

Program layout:

  • Remote sensing and digital image analysis: Basic principles of remote sensing, earth observation sensors and platforms, spectral signature of the different characteristics of land use, image interpretation, thermal and microwave remote sensing, processing digital images: basic concepts of rectification and registration, enhancement, classification and accuracy assessment techniques.
  • Global Navigation Satellite System: Introduction to GPS and GNSS, Receivers, Processing Methods, Errors and Accuracy.
  • Geographic information system: GIS, databases, topology, spatial analysis and open source software.
  • RS and GIS applications: Agriculture and soils, forestry and ecology, geosciences and geohazards, marine and atmospheric sciences, urban and regional studies and water resources.

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At the end of each module, the candidates will have to present themselves for an assignment or a quiz. The final exam will take place at the end of the program. The certificate will be issued on the basis of the internal and final marks obtained by the candidate.

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