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ISRO Gets a New Interim Chief

India: Dr Sailesh Nayak has been appointed as the interim Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 31st December 2014. The appointment came as the tenure of K Radhakrishnan’s ended.

Dr Nayak, is currently on an additional charge of the department of space, along with his current position as secretary at the ministry of earth sciences. He has also served as Director, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, INCOIS, Hyderabad, India, an autonomous institution under ESSO (May 2006 to July 2008). At ESSO-INCOIS, he set up a state-of-the-art Early Warning System for Tsunami and Storm Surges in the Indian Ocean. He was responsible for the conceptualization and development of Marine GIS. He made outstanding contributions in improving advisory services related to potential fishing zones, ocean state forecast, and Indian Argo project.

He has been providing leadership for the programs related to science of climate change, weather services, polar science, ocean science and modeling, ocean survey, resources, and technology. He chaired an expert group and conceptualized to establish National GIS in the country.

Source: Times of India