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SIVAN OF 'TN' IS NOW ISRO CHAIRMAN

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SIVAN OF ‘TN’ IS NOW ISRO CHAIRMAN

A graduate from Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical engineering in 1980, Sivan took his ME in Aerospace engineering from IISc, Bengaluru, in 1982. Subsequently, he completed his PhD in Aerospace engineering from IIT, Bombay in 2006. Sivan, a native of Nagercoil in Kanniyakumari district, is currently the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum.
 For the first time in 55 years, a scientist from Tamil Nadu, K Sivan, who is nicknamed ‘Rocket man’ for his exploits with cryogenic engines, has been appointed as Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet approved Sivan’s appointment on Wednesday as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman of Space Commission for a tenure of three years, an order issued by the personnel ministry said. He will be replacing incumbent Chairman AS Kiran Kumar, whose tenure will end onJanuary 14.
Sivan, had played a pivotal role in ISRO’s world recording breaking launch of 104 satellites in a single mission in February last year. He also led the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) development program and spearheaded its design, qualification, aerodynamic characterisation and hardware development. Sivan would be taking charge after Pongal festival. Sivan, the first scientist from Tamil nadu has brought the Pride and prestige, as deployed in this decorative post.

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