Prof. Arun K. SarafIIT Roorkee
Dr. Arun K. Saraf is Ph. D. (Remote Sensing) from University of Dundee, United Kingdom.
Presently he is working as Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of
Technology, Roorkee, and teaches courses on Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing,
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Advanced GIS, Geomorphology, Geohydrology etc. to
under- and post-graduate students of Geological Technology and Applied Geology. He was also
Head of Department of Earth Sciences between Jan. 2012 Feb. 2015. He was first in the country
to introduce GIS course to post-graduate students in the year 1990. In 1986, he was awarded
National Fellowship to Study Abroad by Govt. of India for his doctoral degree. Further, in 1993
he was awarded Indo-US S&T Fellowship and worked in Goddard Space Flight Centre, NASA,
USA for Post-Doctoral Research. He has been also awarded National Remote Sensing Award-
2001 by Indian Society of Remote Sensing and GIS Professional of the Year Award-2001 by
Map India 2002 for his outstanding research contributions in the fields of Remote Sensing and
GIS. Earlier, he has also been given several Khosla Research Awards and Prizes by then University
of Roorkee. So far Prof. Saraf has published more than 100 research papers in journals of repute
(ISI) and supervised 11 Ph.Ds. He was also Associate Editor of International Journal of Remote
Sensing during 2003-2015. Through funding from DST, Min. of Earth Sciences, CSIR, Prof. Saraf
has been able to establish and operating NOAA-HRPT Satellite Earth Station at IITR since Oct.
2002, first in any educational institute in the country. This Earth Station is still operational and
acquiring data from NOAA-18 & 19 day-and-night. In recent past, Prof. Saraf has also recorded
four courses viz. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Introduction to Remote
Sensing, Digital Image Processing of Satellite Data, Digital Elevation Models and Applications and
Global Navigation Satellite Systems under the NPTEL scheme.