angalore, India, 8 December 2006 – George Joseph, an Honorary Professor at the Indian Space Research Organisation, has been appointed Director of the United Nations-affiliated Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP).
Joseph has served at ISRO’s Space Applications Centre at Ahmedabad since 1973 and guided the development of Earth observation remote sensors. Later, as its director, he took initiatives to ensure the benefits of space technology reached the common man. Joseph was conferred the Padma Bhushan award in 1999 for his achievements in remote sensing.
– About CSSTEAP
In response to the UN General Assembly Resolution (45/72 of 11th December, 1990) endorsing the recommendations of UNISPACE-82, the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) prepared a project document (A/AC.1051534) envisaging the establishment of Centres for Space Science and Technology Education in the developing countries.
The objective of the Centres is to enhance the capabilities of the member states in different areas of Space Science and Technology that can advance their social and economic development. The first of such centres, named as Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) was established in India in November, 1995.
The Centre is hosted by The Government of India, Department of Space. Government of India has made available appropriate facility and expertise to the Centre through the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), at Dehradun, Space Applications Centre (SAC), at Ahmedabad and Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), at Ahmedabad.
The Centre is an education and research institution that is capable of high attainments in the development and transmission of knowledge in the fields of Space Science and Technology. The initial emphasis of the Centre has been on in-depth education, research and applications programmes, linking to the global programmes/databases, execution of pilot projects, continuing education, awareness and appraisal programmes. For more info visit: http://www.cssteap.org/