institute of remote sensing Anna University


Anna University blossomed to its present status from a humble beginning in 1978, has the first ‘SurveySchool’ in the country to produce land surveys. Anna University provides 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, 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 International Universities. This enables the University to keep pace with new developments. NAAC* has recognized the University with Five Star status.

The Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS) was established in 1982 by Anna University with the funds provided by the Government of Tamil Nadu. IRS is also functioning as State Remote Sensing Application Center for 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 Anna University, 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, 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), The Institute has about 2400 square metres of built-up space for various laboratories equipped with sophisticated instruments and machinery worth Rs.150 million.

(National Assessment and Accreditation Council) which is the supreme accreditation agency in India for rating the institutions offering higher education.


The Remote Sensing and GIS technology should be fully utilized to manage the natural resources and the environment in a sustainable manner and to provide global security in all sectors of society.


  • First State Centre to be established in 1982 within Anna University on par with RRSSC Facilities (VAX 11/780)
  • First State Centre to have full-fledged Photogrammetric mapping facility in the entire country established with the help of Federal Republic of Germany – several Scientists/Officers from National Remote Sensing Agency, Survey of India have been trained here. Several areas of Tamil Nadu have been mapped at a larger scale using the Photogrammetric plotters.
  • First State Centre to establish a GIS Digital Data Base at 1:50,000 scale using Remote Sensing and other ground data base. Ground Water Recharge for the entire State of Tamil Nadu were prepared even before the implementation of NRIS.


  • The Centre since 1983 have carried out Operational Projects worth more than Rs.25 Corers.
  • First Centre to start Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing in the Country and later upgraded to Masters level Degree Course in Remote Sensing during 1983.
  • First in the entire Asian Sub-Continent to start a Four Year undergraduate B.E. (Geoinformatics) Course.
  • Our academic programmes generates 60 UG students, 60 PG students and arround 10 Ph.D scholars every year.
  • Several of our alumni are currently at different levels of Senior Positions in Department of Space and in Geomatics Industry.
  • IRS has been recognised by Government of India for Coastal Zone Regulation Mapping.
  • IRS has been recognized as central repository of all the GIS activities of Tamil Nadu by Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • IRS is awarded India Geospatial Leadership Awards for Capacity Development at India Geospatial Forum 2014, Hyderabad