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IBM inks MoU with NRSC to monitor mining activities using satellite technology

Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) has signed a MoU with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) to monitor the mining activities in the country through satellite technology.

As part of the MoU, IBM would set up an exclusive remote sensing cell under the technical guidance of the NRSC at its offices in Nagpur and Hyderabad.

Key facts

  • The remote sensing cell will utilise web-based Bhuvan GIS (Geographic Information System) services for monitoring mining activities.
  • Initially pilot project will be undertaken to demonstrate the feasibility of using high resolution satellite imagery in monitoring the changes over a period of time in select group of mines.
  • The pilot project will be launched in Odisha and Hospet sector of Karnataka to check and validate consistency of differential geo positioning system points.
  • MoU envisage to train IBM staff to use the modern technology in the course of time and would be extended to the State Governments.

 About Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM)

  • IBM is a multi-disciplinary government organisation under the aegis of Department of Mines, of Union Ministry of Mines. It was established in 1948.
  • It is engaged in promotion of scientific development of mineral resources, conservation and protection of environment in mines other than petroleum & natural gas, coal, atomic minerals and minor minerals.

Government appoints Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar as ISRO chairman

Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar has been appointed chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

His name was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He will replace former ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan who had retired on 31 December 2014. He will have tenure of 3 years from the date he take charge.

Previously, Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, was given additional charge of ISRO till the appointment of a new head following the retirement of K Radhakrishnan.

About Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar

  • Education: He has an honours degree in Physics from National College, Bangalore University and an M Tech in Physical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
  • ISRO career: In 1975, he started his ISRO career with the Space Application Centre.
  • He had played a key role in developing image sensors for Bhaskara– India’s first remote sensing satellite launched in 1979.
  • He also had played important role in developing key components of India’s Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan missions.
  • Before this appointment, he was director of Space Application Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad.
  • Awards: In 2014, he was awarded Padma Shri.