As a part of sustained endeavour to be a leading research institution, M.S. (by research) and Ph.D. programmes are offered in the fields of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and GIS. As on June 2008, 23 Ph.D, and 12 M.S. (by Research) degrees were awarded. Currently 13 Ph.D. & 1 M.S. (by Research) scholars are pursuing for their degrees.
As a part of continuing education, IRS has conducted about 250 training programmes in Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Natural Resources Management, Urban Planning, Surveying using Total Station, GPS, EDM, etc. and Photogrammetry for different levels of officers from various central, state government and private organizations.
Series of training programmes in Cadastral servey are being conducted for staff working in survey and Land Records Dept., of Govt. of Tamil Nadu and also conducting research in the areas of cadastral survey.