On Thursday, ISRO Chief K Sivan was honored with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
Earlier, the award was declared in recognition of Mr. Sivan’s outstanding work in promotion of science and technology.
K Sivan is the Chairman of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), was originally scheduled to offer the award during Independence Day Celebrations on August 15, but couldn’t do so.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu Government had said that the ISRO Chief would receive the award from CM Palaniswami but on a later date.
Accordingly, Mr. Sivan has met CM Palaniswami at the Secretariat, where the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister presented his with the prestigious award, which consists of 8 grams gold medal, a citation, and Rs. 5 lakhs in cash.
APJ Abdul Kalam Award is to honor those who have worked for promoting scientific growth, student’s welfare, humanities, and the awardees should be from Tamil Nadu.
Under K Sivan’s supervision, ISRO has successfully launched Chandrayaan 2, which is the second recorded mission to the Moon on July 22. He was also the Chief Architect of SITARA, a 6D track simulation software, as per the citation that has hailed him as “Rocket Man”.
The 62-year-old K Sivan was the first graduate in his family, who received a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 1980 from Madras Institute of Technology.
After completing a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, Mr. Sivan joined the ISRO and has received several awards, including Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (1999).
Following the death of former Indian President AJP Abdul Kalam in 2015, late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had then announced a prestigious award in his name.