Former Directors

Shri P. P. Kale

Shri P. P. Kale was the Director, Space Applications Centre during 1987-1994. Born on March 4, 1941 at Pune, Maharashtra, he obtained his postgraduate degree in Physics from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad in 1962.

Educational Qualification :
B.Sc., (Honours) Physics 1960 from M.S. University, Baroda M.Sc., Physics 1962 from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
Distinctions Obtained and achievements :
Recipient of HARI OM ASHRAM Prerit Vikram Sarabhai Award for Systems Analysis and Management Problems (1975). Recipient of PADMA SHRI AWARD for outstanding contributions to INSAT-I Programme (1984). Recipient of 14th Ram Lal Wadhwa Gold Medal awarded by Council of Institution of Electronics & Telecommunica­tions Engineers (1991).
Position held :
Involved in Space Activities from first Rocket Launch from Thumba. Head, Electronics Division Satellite Systems, Space Science & Technology Centre, THUMBA, Trivandrum. Satellite Instructional Tele­vision Experiment. Resident Representative of ISRO at Goddard Space Flight Cen­tre, NASA, Greenbelt, Mary­land USA (1970-1972). Project Manager, Electronics and TV Hardware, Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE), Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad (1973-1976) Project Director INSAT-I Space Segment Project Department of Space, Government of India Bangalore (1977-1987) Director, Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation, Government of India, SAC P.O., Jodhpur Tekra, Ahmedabad 380 053 (1987 - January 1994) Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation. Government of India, Trivandrum-690 022, with effect from February 1, 2007.
Other Activities :
Prepared the material, script & graphics and presented the same for a fifteen part Video Series “Introduction to Space Communications” for UGC Country Wide Class Room. Already transmitted twice - Produced at EMRC, Gujarat University. Prepared the concept for a twenty part Video Series “Introduction to Remote Sens­ing” for UGC Country Wide Class Room. Prepared material, script and graphics and presented the same for six parts of this series Produced at EMRC, Gujarat University. Honorary Professor at Gujarat University for teaching sub­jects such as orbital mecha­nics, satellite systems, space communications to students of postgraduate diploma course of Space Sciences and Applications.
Memberships :
Fellow : Institution of Electronics & Tele-Communication Engineers (IETE), New Delhi.
Fellow : Gujarat Science Academy (GSA)
Life Member
: Indian Society for Advancement of Materials Life Member and Process Engineering (ISAMPE).
Member : Board of Sarabhai Trustees of Dr. Vikram A. AMA Memorial Trust.
Chairman : Selection committee of National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) National Award for Science Popularisation Among Children.
Fellow : Astronautical Society of India, Bangalore
Chairman : Computer Society of India, Ahmedabad Chapter
President : Indian Society of Geomatics