Rocket scientist K Sivan has been appointed has the new Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
K Sivan, who is currently Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, will also hold the post of the next Secretary of the Department of Space, and Chairman of the Space Commission with a term of three years.
Dr Sivan will be taking over from A S Kiran Kumar as the ninth head of the country’s Space establishment. Kumar ends his three-year term on January 14.
Kiran Kumar, Dr Sivan and the entire Space set-up are currently preoccupied with preparations for Friday’s PSLV launch. Dr Sivan said, ‘Previous legendary leaders such as Vikram Sarabhai and Satish Dhawan have set high standards for the department. It is a big responsibility and honour for me to take it forward in their footsteps’.
His name was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet based on the recommendation of the Space Research Committee.