Convocation Address

27th Convocation, Gauhati University

8th August, 2018
Venue : BKB Auditorium, Gauhati University 

Dr Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan

The Person

The Convocation Address in this 27th Convocation will be delivered by Padma Vibhushan Dr K Kasturirangan, presently Chancellor of the Central University of Rajasthan. Dr Kasturirangan, widely acclaimed for his role as the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is a brilliant academician who has also served as Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).


Born on 24 October 1940 in Ernakulam, Dr Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan headed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 1994 to 2003. He is presently Chancellor of Central University of Rajasthan. He is also the former chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University and the chairman of Karnataka Knowledge Commission. He is a former member of the Rajya Sabha (2003–09) and a former member of the Planning Commission of India. He was also the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, from April 2004 to 2009. He is a recipient of the three major civilian awards from the Government of India: the Padma Shri (1982), Padma Bhushan (1992) and Padma Vibhushan (2000).

From Wikipedia

Dr Kasturirangan and ISRO 

Dr Kasturirangan has steered the Indian Space programme gloriously for over 9 years as Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, of Space Commission and Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Space, before laying down his office on August 27, 2003. He was earlier the Director of ISRO Satellite Centre, where he oversaw the activities related to the development of new generation spacecraft, Indian National Satellite (INSAT-2) and Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS-1A & 1B) as well as scientific satellites. He was also the Project Director for India's first two experimental earth observation satellites, BHASKARA-I & II and subsequently was responsible for overall direction of the first operational Indian Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-1A.

From ISRO Website


Kasturirangan graduated in Science with Honours from Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga situated in central Mumbai, and obtained his Master of Science degree in Physics, from University of Mumbai. He received his Doctorate Degree in Experimental High Energy Astronomy in 1971 from Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. He has published more than 244 papers in the areas of astronomy, space science and applications.