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Dr.Y.V.N.Krishna Murthy

Dr. Y.V.N. Krishna Murthy, served as Distinguished Scientist, in Dept of Space, ISRO and currently working as Sr. Professor and Registrar of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram. Earlier he has worked as Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and also as Scientific Secretary, ISRO

Dr. Krishna Murthy has significantly contributed during the last three and half decades in promoting Remote Sensing and allied Geospatial Technologies (Global Positioning System & Geographic Information System) in Resource Management and extending their use at grass root level. His contribution in developing innovative methodologies by integrating geospatial inputs 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 space technology applications

As Scientific Secretary, ISRO he had spearheaded the major policy level functions in (i) planning of ISRO’s programmes for near and far future, as the Member Secretary to the ISRO Council; (ii) evolving national policies for space technology development and space applications programme; (iii) developing public private partnership for ISRO’s production programme; (iv) International co-operation; (v) human resource management, leadership development in ISRO and (vi) enabling public outreach of Indian Space Programme

As Scientific Secretary he played a pivotal role in organizing the National Meet on “Promoting Space Technology based Tools and Applications in Governance & Development”, chaired by Prime Minister of India and subsequently organizing state level meets chaired by Chief Ministers / Chief Ministers of respective states had resulted in more than 150 collaborative projects as an outcome

Dr. Krishna Murthy had 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 at National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad; Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) ; Director, UN Affiliated Centre for Space Science & Technology in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP); Director, National Atmospheric Research Laboratory and Director, ANTRIX board. In these roles Dr. Krishna Murthy has contributed for operational programs, research & development, capacity building, technology promotion, entrepreneurship in various disciplines of applied sciences and geospatial technology. Specifically as Director, CSSTEAP. He 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 USA, Mexico, Isreal, Austria, Thailand, Japan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Syria, Peru and Vietnam.

Dr.Krishna Murthy had served as Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) before joining IIST, Thiruvannathapuram. As Director, NRSC he was responsible for Earth Observation Satellite Data Acquisition, Processing, data dissemination and development of various applications including aerial flying

Dr. Krishna Murthy had developed a unique methodology for geo-referencing of cadastral maps thereby overlaying on to satellite data with derived information on natural resources and action plan generated for water and land resources management

This has benefited in implementing beneficiary oriented Government schemes like Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) under PMKSY, GIS Implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (Geo-MGNREGA), Crop Insurance under PMBSY etc., this has further benefited assessing the water cess, assessment and collection from individual land holding, urban tax assessment & collection and effective implementation of crop insurance with advancement of navigation system

As a part of Group of Secretaries consultation national level projects were emerged, viz., Blue Revolution- Third option for livelihood at rural India, I.e, Space based inputs for inland fisheries, Second Green Revolution in the Eastern India, performance evaluation of irrigation systems, crop intensification, crop insurance, soil health card, AMRUTH Mission and Smart Cities project are significant among them.

Similarly many collaborative projects were also initiated in collaboration with various state governments. “Harpath Haryana Citizen Grievance" mobile app for Govt. of Haryana, Crop insurance in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, Telangana Water Resources Information System (TWRIS), Geospatial Technology Support for Development of Water Resources Information and Management System for AP state, Space based inputs for Disaster Management (AP & TN) are few among them.

Dr. Krishna Murthy has been conferred with awards like

  • “Bharat Ratna Indira Gandhi Gold Medal Award” from Global Economic Progress and Research Association (2018)
  • Life time achievement award from Deccan Geographers, 2016
  • Bhaskara Award (Indian Society of Remote Sensing, 2015)
  • Team Excellence Award (Indian Space Research Organisation, 2015) for SIS-DP
  • Performance Excellence Award, (Indian Space Research Organization, 2013)
  • ASI Award for outstanding contribution in Space Sciences and Applications (Astronautical Society of India, 2012)
  • Team Excellence Award (Indian Space Research Organization, 2009) for Bhuvan
  • ASI Team Achievement Award (Astronautical Society of India, 2009) for Bhuvan
  • National Geomatics Award for Innovative Applications (Indian Society of Geomatics, 2009)
  • Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for Innovative contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of Space Applications (2003)
  • He has also been conferred as Fellow of AP Academy of Sciences and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences and Indian Society of Remote Sensing

He has about 208 technical papers and 280 technical reports to his credit. Dr. Krishna Murthy has guided 7 Ph.D. scholars and development of nearly 25 indigenous s/w packages