Former Directors

Late Dr. K.N. Shankara

After obtaining Ph.D. in Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Dr. Shankara joined the Indian Space Research Organisation in 1971 at Ahmedabad.
At Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, he was responsible for design, development, realization of communication payloads for INSAT series of satellites and contributed significantly towards successful operationalisation of INSAT-2A/2B/2C satellites.

He has extensively contributed in the area of Microwave Technology and spacecraft electronics.

Dr. Shankara has served as Honorary Professor at the Gujarat University. Dr. Shankara has large number of publications in national and international journals.

He is fellow of the Institution of Telecommunication Engineers INDIA, life member of Astronautical Society of India, life member of International Microelectronics and Packaging Society and also Associate of National Institute of Advanced Studies.

Dr. Shankara is the recipient of the IETE-IRS (83) award for the year 1995-96 and was also awarded “Om Prakash Bhasin” award for “Space and Aerospace” for the year 1998 and “Ramlal Wadwa Gold Medal” for “Outstanding contribution in Electronics” during the year 2000 by the IETE. He Received Astronautical Society of India award for “Space System Management” for the year 2000 and “VASVIK award” for the year 2001 for contribution in “Electrical & Electronics and Science & Technology”. He has also been awarded Appreciation Award from National Biomedical Engineering Society of India.

He has been awarded “PADMASHRI” by the Government of India in the year 2004 for his contribution in the field of Satellite Technology