ABOUT THE CENTRE:
The Periyar University is one among the youngest Universities in Tamil Nadu established in the year 1997 through Periyar University act by Government of Tamil Nadu. The University has started with prime objective of upliftment of knowledge and socio-economic conditions in the rural community. The Department of Geology is one of the pioneer departments in the University and started functioning from 2005. The ‘Centre for Geoinformatics and Planetary Studies’ (CGIPS) has started in 2010 with an aim of conducting advanced research and man power training in the field of Remote sensing, GIS and Planetary studies. The Centre located Periyar University in the North-South corridor, 160 Km from Bangalore and 7 Km from Salem city. It is well connected with rest of the country through road, rail and air.The University has provided enough laboratory and class room facilities for establishing the centre. Prof. S. Anbazhagan is the Director for the centre has more than 20 years of research and teaching experience in Remote sensing and GIS applications.Initially, he was working as faculty at IIT Bombay and joined Periyar University in the year 2005.In the last five years, the Remote sensing Group at Periyar University have carried out several works include delineation of deep aquifers in fractured aquifer system, sustainable groundwater studies in over exploiting zones, landslide disaster management studies, micro level (farm level) artificial recharge studies etc., The Centre has successfully carried out planetary remote sensing studies under PLANEX programme coordinated by ‘Physical Research Laboratory’ through sponsorship of ISRO.The research work involved reflectance spectra of analog rocks for lunar geological mapping and the results have been published in the high impact factor journals.