The Man Whose Dreams Reached Beyond the Sky

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After ISRO lost contacts with Vikram Lander just 2 kms away from the Moon’s surface, a picture of PM Narendra Modi hugging and consoling K Sivan, the Chairman of ISRO went viral on the internet. Everyone lauded the efforts of ISRO of trying to achieve a historical feat. 
Here, we look at the life of K Sivan and bring out some lesser-known facts about the inspirational man. 


  1. K. Sivan was born to a farmer in Tarakkanvilai village of Kanyakumari. He completed his schooling in Tamil medium government schools, and from the very beginning, he was a very hard-working person who believed in achieving things on his own. He taught himself without any guidance from his family or tuitions and became the first graduate in his family.
  2. Sivan went to Madras Institute of Technology, where he did a Bachelor’s Course in Aeronautical Engineering from 1976-1980. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he got admitted in IISC Bengaluru in the course of Aerospace Engineering. 
His hard work bore fruits when he got the opportunity to work for ISRO in 1982. Let’s look at the illustrious career of this man who has inspired lots of young people with his wonderful work. 

  1. K. Sivan joined ISRO in 1982. He became a part of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) project where he contributed significantly to the planning, designing, integration, and analysis of the mission.
  2. K Sivan also worked on projects such as the GSLV, GSLV MKIII, and served as the project director of GSLV Rockets. 
  3. On July 2, 2014, he was appointed as the director of ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, and on June 1, 2015, he became the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.
  4. After working for more than 35 years for ISRO, K. Sivan finally became the chairman of ISRO in January 2018 and was also appointed as Secretary of the Department of Space and Chairman of the Space Commission. 
As the chairman of ISRO, he was assigned the projects of Chandrayaan 2, building larger launch vehicle and reducing the cost of satellites.

Sivan completed his PhD from IIT Bombay in 2006 and holds an honorary doctorate in science from Sathyabama University, which he received in 2014. For his contribution to space research, he has received numerous prestigious awards which include the Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in 1999, ISRO Merit Award in 2007, and Dr Biren Roy Space Science Award in 2011. He has also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 from Madras Institute of Technology, and in 2018 from IISc Bangalore. Sivan played a significant role in helping India set a world record of launching 104 satellites with a single flight of PSLV. 
Because of his selfless devotion to the field of Space Research, he was conferred with the ‘Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award’ by the Government of Tamil Nadu. 

Throughout his life, K. Sivan has shown tremendous dedication towards his work and has inspired an entire generation to achieve greater heights. Most recently, with his astute leadership during the Chandrayaan-2 mission, he has helped change India’s perception in the eyes of the entire world. He has played a significant role in making the world believe that India is capable of achieving things which no other nation has achieved. The entire nation is proud of him. 

- Purav Nayak

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