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President, ISRS, Shri Nilesh Desai

Shri Nilesh Desai

President, ISRS

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1st Jan, 2021

Shri Nilesh M. Desai, the newly elected president, has the following message for the ISRS Fraternity, on behalf of ISRS Executive Council 2020-2022 :

At the outset, let me express our gratitude towards the Members of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) for electing us and extend our warm Greetings to all at the beginning of the tenure of the new executive council of ISRS for the term 2020-2022.We assure you that, having given us the opportunity to serve this esteemed professional society for next two years, we shall collectively strive hard and leave no stone unturned to make ISRS much more active, vibrant, visible and relevant at national and international levels. We shall strive for the development and promotion of various remote sensing technologies and applications, in general and microwave, optical and hyper-spectral remote sensing related space and other associated research activities, in particular, in the country.

We intend to make ISRS, a vibrant platform to express the views of professional subject experts and ensure that they are heard and appreciated by the decision makers. At the same time, we expect the members to understand and work towards the needs of decision makers and strategic users for national development. As thorough professionals, we will put extra efforts for inclusive (Institution ? R&D ? Industry ? Academia - Government) growth of ISRS.

Together, we will be able to nurture our professional society and sustain an ecosystem, wherein the remote sensing technology and applications will play a more meaningful role for national development. This may include innovative, novel and out-of-box solutions involving remote sensing techniques, which can play a significant role in taming problems related to water scarcity, extreme weather events, air pollution and various other similar problems faced by our beloved country.

We are committed to take our society to newer heights by enhancing its activities at national level and increase the visibility and impact of ISRS at various international forums such as ISPRS, IEEE, CEOS AARS/ACRS etc. We aspire to provide a dynamic leadership to the society and look forward to your kind support and full cooperation to work together as a team as always for the noble cause of promoting Remote Sensing and its Applications and steer ISRS towards higher glory.

Future plan for ISRS :

In addition to the existing major activities, we also propose the following new initiatives for ISRS:

  • Improved involvement of local Chapters in ISRS activities by working out Agenda for Chapters
  • Identifying a pool of senior scientists, academia and other experts from across the nation as Resource Persons of Council to help, assist and guide the local chapters to run the activities
  • Strengthening of ISRS by inducting professionals & academia from the niche domains of Navigation, Communication, Computer science, geospatial industry etc.
  • Increased participation of members in Annual Convention and Symposia
  • Organising ISRS Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2020
  • Membership Drive for increasing the membership numbers at various local chapters
  • Establishing transparent and On-line ISRS election process through E-voting
  • Bid for organizing ISPRS Congress (2024) in India
  • Increasing participation of ISRS at various international forums like ISPRS, IEEE, CEOS, AARS etc.
  • Encourage publication of research articles by the international researchers in JISRS, and strengthen the editorial board of JISRS for efficient review process.
  • With best regards,
    (Nilesh M. Desai)
    President, ISRS Executive Council


1st Jan, 2021

Shri Nilesh M. Desai, the President of ISRS, is Distinguished Scientist and currently the Director of Space Applications Centre (SAC), ISRO, Ahmedabad. He has served as Associate Director, SAC and also as Deputy Director of Microwave Remote Sensors Area (MRSA) and SatCom & SatNav Advanced Applications Area (SSAA) of SAC.

Shri Nilesh Desai is a top ranker and gold-medalist of 1986 BE (Electronics & Communication) batch of L.D.College of Engineering, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India. In his about Thirty four years of dedicated and illustrious engineering and research career at SAC/ISRO, he had been involved in design and development of ISRO?s Microwave Radars like RISAT-1 C-Band & Other Airborne & Spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR), Oceansat-II and Scatsat-1 Scatterometers, Chandrayaan-2 SAR & Altimeter etc. as well as associated Signal & Data Processing and Remote Sensing Applications.

In recent years, he has led the activities towards development and realization of advanced and synergetic applications involving Earth observation, navigation and communication technologies for societal benefits and strategic uses. He has also provided leadership in developing and strengthening applications of space infrastructure for the benefit of common man. For these applications, he has also been responsible for the design & development of different types of remote sensing data processing techniques, NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) User Receivers, SatCom terminals & ground segments for Mobile, Broadband & High Throughput communication satellites. He is an advocate of outreach activities related to Indian Space Programme, in general and Remote Sensing & Earth Observation Programme, in particular. He has also been involved in the design of courses on Satellite Communication (SatCom) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), under the aegis of UN CSSTEAP.

He has been the main author or co-author of about 175 technical papers presented at various national and international conferences within and outside India. He has also contributed significantly in more than 220 technical reports of SAC/ISRO. He has represented ISRO/India at various International forums at Austria, China, France, Germany, Israel, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and United Kingdom, including delegations at International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite System (ICG) meetings & conferences. Most recently, he organized and presided over the ICG-14 held in India during Dec.-2019. He is the recipient of ISRO Performance Excellence Award-2018, ISRO Individual Merit Award-2010 and ISRO Team Award for RISAT-1 Payload Design, Realization and Data products for the year-2012.

He is energetic, enthusiastic and spends considerable time and energy in giving direction towards various professional and outreach activities like Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition, Smart India Hackathon (SIH), Popular lectures in Engineering & Science on National Science & Technology days etc. As Chief Nodal Officer of ISRO/DOS for SIH and as a mentor, he has been spearheading the organization of various outreach activities for school and college students, at SAC/ISRO.

His fields of interest and research include Data Acquisition and Digital Signal Processing for Radar, Navigation & SatCom signals, DSP and Microprocessor architectures, FPGA/ASIC hardware and VLSI designs, embedded systems and software quality assurance. He is an active and contributing life member of many professional societies including Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG), Astronautical Society of India (ASI) and Indian Society of Systems for Science and Engineering (ISSE) apart from Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS). Presently, he is also serving as the Vice President of ISSE-Ahmedabad Chapter.