Dr. Y.V.N. Krishna Murthy

Director, National Remote Sensing Center

Dr. Krishna Murthy is Distinguished Scientist in ISRO and is currently the Director of National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, the centre responsible for Earth Observation Satellite Data Acquisition, Processing and dissemination of its applicationsEarlier he served as Scientific Secretary of ISRO.

For more than 3 decades, he has made significant contributions in promoting geoinformatics for natural resource management and extending its use at grass root level.  His contribution in developing innovative methodologies by integrating high technology geospatial information into conventional methods has greatly facilitated in ultimate assimilation of such inputs by the concerned including technocrats, bureaucrats, NGOs and end-user community for various thematic applications.   For easy access and dissemination of geospatial products and services at the village level, he has designed and implemented various indigenous customized software packages using open source tools.

Dr. Krishna Murthy made technical contributions as member of advisory and technical task teams of various ISRO programmes like Natural Resources Census, National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and held many positions in his professional career, including: Head, Regional Remote Sensing Service Centre at Nagpur; Director, Regional Remote Sensing Service Centres; Deputy Director, Applications & Deputy Director, Regional Centres at National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad; Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) and Director, UN Affiliated Centre for Space Science & Technology in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP). At these roles Dr. Krishna Murthy has contributed for operational programs, research & development, capacity building and technology promotion in various disciplines of applied sciences and geospatial technology.   During his tenure as Director CSSTEAP, Dr. Krishna Murthy has contributed significantly in capacity building in Asia Pacific regions in various domains of space science, technology and applications. Dr. Krishna Murthy had also been associated with many International assignments of ISRO in Syria, Peru, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Dr. Krishna Murthy has been conferred with awards like Bhaskara Award from ISRS, Life Time Achievement award from Deccan Geographical Society of India, Astronautical Society of India Award for Space Sciences and Applications (2012), ISRO Team Excellence Award (2009), Astronautical Society of India Team Achievement Award (2009), National Geomatics Award for Innovative Applications by Indian Society of Geomatics (2008), Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (2003) for his innovative contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of Space Applications.    He has also been conferred as Fellow of AP Academy of Sciences and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences.

He has about 174 technical papers and 150 technical reports to his credit. Dr. Krishna Murthy has guided 7 Ph.D. scholars and development of nearly 25 indigenous s/w packages.