Have you ever dreamt of delving into the mysteries of the Moon? Now’s your chance! The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is offering free online certification courses in 2024 titled “Exploring Earth’s Moon through Chandrayaan.” This exciting opportunity empowers you to embark on a fascinating journey of lunar exploration, guided by the insights and experiences of ISRO’s Chandrayaan missions.
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About the ISRO
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the national space agency of India. It operates as the primary research and development arm of the Department of Space (DoS), which is directly overseen by the Prime Minister of India while the Chairman of ISRO also acts as the executive of DoS. It is primarily responsible for performing tasks related to space-based operations, space exploration, international space cooperation and the development of related technologies.
It is one of the six government space agencies in the world that possesses full launch capabilities, can deploy cryogenic engines, can launch extraterrestrial missions and operate a large fleet of artificial satellites. ISRO is one of the four government space agencies to have soft landing (uncrewed) capabilities.
It was previously known as the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR), set up under Jawaharlal Nehru on the suggestions of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai in 1962 recognising the need for space research. INCOSPAR grew and became ISRO in 1969, within the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
In 1972, the government of India set up a Space Commission and the DoS, bringing ISRO under it. The establishment of ISRO thus institutionalised space research activities in India. It has since been managed by DoS, which also governs various other institutions in India in the domain of astronomy and space technology
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) under the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space, Govt. of India is a premier Training and Educational Institute set up for developing trained
professionals in the field of Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and GNSS Technology for Natural Resources, Environmental and Disaster Management.
Formerly known as Indian Photo-interpretation Institute (IPI), founded in 1966, the Institute boasts to be the first of its kind in entire South-East Asia. While nurturing its primary endeavour to build capacity among the user community by training mid-career professionals, the Institute has enhanced its capability and evolved many training and education programmes that are tuned to meet the requirements of various target groups, ranging fromfresh graduates to policy makers including academia.
The candidates who want to participate in the course should be students of a final-year undergraduate course or postgraduate course (any year) and citizens of India.
IIRS Outreach Programme
The IIRS outreach programme, which was started in 2007 with 12 universities/ institutions has now grown substantially to 3400+ network institutes. The beneficiaries of the programme may include:
Central/State/Private Universities & Academic Institutions
Central & State Government Departments
Forest Resource Professionals
State Forest Departments/Forest Training Academies
Curriculum of Free Online Certification Courses
The Scientific Context of Lunar Exploration &
Lunar Science from Chandrayaan-1
Lunar Science from Chandrayaan-2
The Chandrayaan-3 mission: Context & Achievements
Data Repository for Indian Lunar Missions .
Course Study Material
Course study materials like lecture slides, video recorded lectures, open source software & handouts of demonstrations, etc. will be made available through eclass.
There is no course fee for attending this programme.
IIRS received national awards for excellence in training for outreach and e-learning programmes during 1st National Symposium on Excellence in Training conducted on April 11-12, 2015 in New Delhi by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Govt. of India in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The programme can be received through the e-class platform of IIRS-ISRO using internet connectivity. No specific hardware/software required. However, it is recommended good internet connectivity at user end. To run the programme in classroom, the following hardware will be required:
Desktop computer with web camera microphone and output speakers or laptop with microphone camera and output speaker.
Large display screen/projector/TV.
Award of Certificate
Registered through Nodal centres: Based on 70% attendance, students will be awarded a “Courses Participation Certificate.”
Individual Registration: A “Course Participation” certificate will be given to everyone who devotes at least 70% of each session’s hours to the course. The course participation certificate will be available for download in ISRO LMS.
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What is the “Exploring Earth’s Moon through Chandrayaan” course?
It’s a free online certification course offered by ISRO in 2024. It delves into lunar science, exploring the Moon’s formation, composition, environment, and Chandrayaan missions’ findings.
Who can take these Free Online Certification courses?
Anyone! Students, space enthusiasts, professionals, educators, and lifelong learners with an interest in astronomy, space exploration, and the Moon are all welcome.
Is there a fee for the Free Online Certification courses?
No, it’s completely free!