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Mr AlurSeelin Kiran Kumar, Distinguished Scientist
(Apex) and Director, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, assumed the
office of the Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission
and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on January 14,
Mr Kiran Kumar is a highly accomplished space scientist and engineer
with a distinguished career spanning over four decades in ISRO in the
satellite payload and applications domains.
He has made immense contributions to the design and development of
Electro-Optical Imaging Sensors for Airborne, Low Earth Orbit and
Geostationary Orbit satellites starting from Bhaskara TV payload to the
Mars Orbiter Mission payloads.
Mr Kiran Kumar was instrumental in evolving the successful strategy for
steering the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft towards planet Mars as well as its
Mars Orbit Insertion. He has also made significant contributions for
evolving the observation strategy encompassing land, ocean, atmospheric
and planetary studies.
Mr Kiran Kumar is an alumnus of National College, the esteemed
educational institution of Bangalore. He obtained his Physics (Honours)
Degree from Bangalore University in 1971 and later obtained his Master’s
degree in Electronics from the same university in 1973, and thereafter
his M.Tech Degree in Physical Engineering from the Indian Institute of
Science, Bangalore in 1975.
Mr Kiran Kumar began his career in ISRO by joining Space Applications
Centre (SAC) in 1975. Later, he became its Associate Director and in
March 2012 took over as the Director of SAC.
At SAC, Mr Kiran Kumar has been steering the design, development &
realisation of payloads and application activities of earth observation,
communication, navigation, space science and planetary exploration.
Mr Kiran Kumar is a recipient of many national and international
laurels/awards including the Padma Shri Award conferred by the President
of India in 2014, International Academy of Astronautics’ Laurels for
Team Achievement Award for Cartosat in 2008 and for Chandrayaan-1 in
2013, Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) Award for the year 1994,
VASVIK award (Electronic sciences and technology) for the year 1998,
Astronautical Society of India Award (Space Sciences and Applications)
for the year 2001, ISRO individual Service Award 2006, Bhaskara Award of
ISRS in 2007 and ISRO Performance Excellence Award 2008.
He is a Fellow of professional institutions like Indian National Academy
of Engineering, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Institution of
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineer, and Indian Meteorological
Society. Besides, he is a member of the International Academy of
Mr Kiran Kumar has represented ISRO in international forums like World
Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Committee on Earth Observation
Satellites (CEOS) and Indo-US Joint Working Group on Civil Space
Date of Birth October 22, 1952 at Hassan, Karnataka.
Kumar has been duly recognised internationally for
contributions to calibration and validation
activities in forums like, Committee on Earth
Observation Satellites (CEOS), Coordination Group of
Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), Expert Team on
Satellite Systems – World Meteorological
Organisation (ETSAT of WMO) and Indo-US Joint
Working Group on Civil Space Cooperation. Yet
another success in the international arena has been
when he was the Chairman of the international
Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and
spearheaded the CEOS in 2012. Shri Kiran Kumar has
many bi-lateral cooperation successes behind him –
all of which has made ISRO a global entity and also
has furthered the developing country perspectives of
space. He has been instrumental in ISRO-NASA
co-operation for joint satellite development on L &
S band SAR.