Introduction and Objective

Recognizing the significance of Remote Sensing Technology in planned development of its vast under-developed and inaccessible areas, the Government of India has drawn up an ambitions space programme which is being executed by the Department of Space, Government of India.

The Government of Madhya Pradesh, aware of the vast potential of natural resources in the state and eager to develop a scientific system of monitoring and management of its resources established a State level Remote Sensing Application Centre at Bhopal under the umbrella of Madhya Pradesh Council of Science & Technology in 1984. This centre has grown into one of largest state centres in the country.


  • Survey and mapping of natural resources using remote sensing technique, research and development work, training of scientists/officers/ faculty members and students in the field of remote sensing.
  • To assist Madhya Pradesh sate in the development and management activities/programmes related to crop monitoring, land use mapping, water resources, mineral resources survey, ground water targeting, monitoring of watershed development programme, forest mapping, analysis of environmental impact etc. using remote sensing and GIS techniques.


The Remote Sensing Application Centre (RSAC) is one of the major scheme undertaken by the M.P. Council of Science & Technology. Presently, it has Eight divisions :

  1. Agriculture & Soil Science Division
  2. Earth Resources Division
  3. Forestry & Environmental Science Division
  4. GIS Image Processing Division
  5. Land Use & Urban Survey Division
  6. Madhya Pradesh Resource Atlas Division
  7. Remote Sensing Data Library
  8. Water Resources Division