AnnaUniversity blossomed to its present status from a humble beginning in 1978 has the first ‘SurveySchool’ in the country to produce land surveys. AnnaUniversity provide higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society. At present the University offers 33 Undergraduate and 56 Post graduate degree programmes, 5 Post graduate diploma programmes leading to M.Phill, M.S and Doctoral Degree in several branches of Engineering / Technology and Applied Sciences. Over 600 faculty members, catering to student strength of over 6000 out of which 27 percent are woman students, support the University. The University receives grant from the State and Central Governments, National and International Agencies and Industrial houses. It has an extensive interaction with Indian Industries, National Research Laboratories and InternationalUniversities. This enables the University to keep pace with new developments. NAAC has recognized the University as Five Star status. IRS is the Tamil Nadu State Remote Sensing Applications Centre.
The Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS) was established in 1982 by AnnaUniversity with the funds provided by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Over the years, the infrastructural facilities have been gradually built-up using development grants mainly from Ministry of Human Resources Development, University Grants Commission, Federal Republic of Germany, Government of India and Department of Agriculture of Government of Tamil Nadu. At present, the Institute is rated as one of the best in the country in the areas of Remote Sensing, Geographical Information System and Large Scale Mapping. The Institute functions as an autonomous unit of AnnaUniversity, governed by an executive committee headed by the Vice-Chancellor and the recurring grants for maintenance are provided by the Government of Tamil Nadu. As an externally assisted project, The Federal Republic of Germany has provided assistance worth 7 million DM towards equipment, exchange of staff and for conducting a 4-year engineering Under-Graduate program, B.E. (Geoinformatics), which is the only program of its kind in this country. The Institute has about 2400 square metres of built-up space for various laboratories equipped with sophisticated instruments and machinery worth Rs.150 million. The main building and laboratories are centrally air-conditioned.