Man Who Set World Record For India By Leading Launch Of 104 Satellites In Single Mission, Appointed ISRO Chairman
January 11th, 2018 / 6:08 PM
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A man whose ambitions and hard work have sown several successful seeds for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Aerospace Engineer Dr K. Sivan has been appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Space, and Chairman of the Space Commission and ISRO. He is appointed for a term of three years.
As the term period of incumbent ISRO’s Chairman AS Kiran Kumar is ending this month on January 14, Dr. Sivan will be the ninth chief of the country’s space establishment center. According to an order issued by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) Secretary, the name of Dr. Sivan was taken into consideration after a suggestion given by the SCSC. Further, he has been a part of ISRO since 1982 and under his guidance and support, it became possible for the research organization to launch 104 satellites on a single mission in February 2016. He was the key member of this unbelievable mission as all the technicalities of satellites were operated under his direction. By setting a world record, this mission was proved to be a great success for India. Also, the new chairman of India’s space organization has played a major role in the launch of Geosynchronous Satellite – Vehicle MK II and ‘Swadeshi Space Shuttle’ in 2016
After completing graduation in aerospace engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology, Dr Sivan pursued ME from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from IIT Bombay. Later, he was appointed as a Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in June 2015. With the entire ISRO team, both Kiran and Sivan were preoccupied with the preparations for PSLV rocket design which is all set to launch today. However, Dr Sivan who was overwhelmed by the news of his appointment told NDTV, “I am humbled by this appointment as legendary leaders have held this position in the past. Taking ISRO humbly into a new orbit would be my endeavour, serving both India and ISRO.”
Whether it was Chandrayaan or Manglayaan, ISRO has paved the way towards many remarkable milestones. We are sure about the fact that under the leadership of Dr Sivan, ISRO will prove to the world that it stands by the vision to ‘utilise space technology for India’s growth’.
Written by : Ankit Sharma
Edited by : Pooja Chaudhuri