Center for Survey Training and Research (CSTAR) was established in Anna University in the year of 2004 to impart training to the officials of the Survey and Land Records Department (SLRD) , Government of Tamil Nadu using the funds sanctioned by Central and State Government under the erstwhile “ Strengthening Revenue Administration and updating of Land records ( SRA & ULR)”.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Anna University and Government of Tamil Nadu to impart training to SLRD officials and to guide SLRD in the modernization programmes and to carry out research and developmental activities in field of cadastral survey and technology.

The CSTAR is managed through an executive council. The Vice Chancellor is the chairman of the Executive council with representation from both Government of Tamil Nadu and Anna University.

The center’s activities are coordinated by a professor in Civil Engineering of Anna University with Director of Survey and Settlements, SLRD, GoTN

The primary duty of the center is to conduct training SLRD officials on the “Modern surveying” which is being done on continuous basis. Te center can support activities not catering directly to the SLRD like

  • Internships
  • Training Others
  • Academic Support
  • Distance Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Research Collaborations, etc.

Click here to Fill and Download the CSTAR Application Form

From other appropriate financial sources following the University procedure.

The industries and organizations interested in obtaining mapping and spatial data analysis services indicated above, but not limited to, can send their queries by post/email to

So far, around 4500 people from SLRD have been trained under 2 weeks -, 4 weeks- programmes by the center with periodic revision and upgradation of the syllabus.

A regular 30- day training program is imparted to the officials of SLRD with duly approved syllabus by resource persons drawn from University and outside with hands practice on the modern survey instruments and processing software. The field experiments are conducted with the help of skilled technicians. Evaluation is based on theoretical and practical exams.

List of Four weeks training participants :  4 Weeks Training.pdf

List of Intensive training participants :   Intensive Training.pdf

List of Refresher Course Training participants :   Refresher CourseTraining.pdf

Director - CSTAR

Dr. R.Vidhya
Professor, Dept. of IRS
Ph. 91-44-22358155
email: vi dhya@annauniv.edu, vidhya.v.vanan@gmail.com
Specialisation: Image Processing, Water Resource Management & Photogrammetry
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The 6th executive council meeting of CSTAR held on 27/10/2022

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Executive council meeting
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Executive council meeting