An Educational Visit to Uttar Pradesh Remote Sensing Centre (UPRSAC), Lucknow was organized by the Department of Environmental Science, Integral University, Lucknow on 26th December 2022. The environmental science students of B. Sc. 3rd year and M.Sc. 2nd year as part of their practical exposure for understanding the functioning and applications of “Remote Sensing and GIS Applications” visited UPRSAC, which is located on the Kursi Road, Lucknow.
The main objective of the visit was to make students aware about Remote Sensing and GIS activities being carried out at Uttar Pradesh Remote Sensing Centre (UPRSAC) through research and academic programs. Dr. Sudhakar Shukla, Scientist-SE & Head, School of Geoinformatics Division, UPRSAC welcomed the students and gave a brief description about various activities of UPRSAC. He informed that UPRSAC was established in May, 1982 under Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Department of Space, Govt. of India and is a premier Training and Educational Institute set up for developing trained professionals in the field of Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and GPS Technology for Natural Resources Management, Environmental and Disaster Management. UPRSAC provides support to conduct all its remote sensing and GIS training and educational programs at postgraduate level. In his lecture, Dr. Shukla focused on India’s achievements in space. He said that India has the following space systems:
1. India Remote Sensing Satellites
2. Indian communication & meteorological Satellites
3. Indian navigation Satellites
4. Space Science & Planetary Exploration Satellites
Dr. Shukla discussed in detail about the remote sensing satellites and communication satellites. He said that remote sensing satellites are being used for land-use mapping, weather forecasting, environmental study, natural hazards study, and resource exploration etc. Communication satellites are those satellites which are being used for all sorts of communication (mobile phone, DTH or Internet facilities). At the end of his lecture, he explained the process of remote sensing with some photography and also described its future applications. Students took keen interest in acquiring the knowledge of remote sensing as well as its working principles. The visit to UPRSAC, Lucknow proved to be very enriching for the students, who also enjoyed the refreshments served after the lecture. The visit was well coordinated by the faculty members Dr. Mariya Hasnat and Dr. Rushda Sharf from the Department of Environmental Science.