Ahmedabad, India, 5 August 2006: The Minister of State in the Prime Minster’s Office (PMO) Prithviraj Chauhan on August 5 presented the Aryabhatta award 2004 to Prof. Roddam Narasimha in Ahmedabad. The award was conferred on Narasimha for his outstanding lifetime contribution to the promotion of astronautics in India. Prof Narasimha is presently Chairman of Engineering Mechanics Unit of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.
Eighteen gold medals were also presented by the Astronautical Society of India (ASI), including the Best Women Scientist award, under the aegis of ISRO, Ahmedabad. Aryabhatta Award, named after the fifth century Indian astronomer and mathematician, and in commemoration of the first Indian satellite Aryabhatta launched on April 19, 1975, is presented annually to an individual for outstanding lifetime contribution to the promotion of astronautics in India.
GK Kuruvilla was presented the ISRO-ASI award for his significant contribution in the area of rocket and related technologies. Kuruvilla is the Associate Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Bangalore and Deputy Director, propulsion research and studies, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.
D Narayana Moorthi, visiting scientist at ISRO headquarters, was awarded the ISRO-ASI award for his outstanding contribution to space systems management. MN Satyanarayan bagged the award for his significant contributions in the area of spacecraft and related technologies. He is the Executive Director, Space Industry Development, at ISRO headquarters.
JS Parihar, Group Director of ISRO, at Ahmedabad was awarded for his contribution to Space Sciences and Applications. S Panneerselvam, Project Director, Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle in Defence Research and Development Laboratory,
DRDO was awarded for his contribution in the area of Rocket and Related Technologies.
Kulinder Pal Singh, professor (H) at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai was awarded for his significant contributions in the field of Space Science and Applications. KR Sridhara Murthi was given the ASI medal for his contribution in the area of space systems management. Surendra Pal was presented the award for his contribution to space systems management. He is outstanding Scientist and Deputy
Director, Digital and Communication area at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore.
AV Patki was awarded for his immense contributions to the area of spacecraft and related technologies. He is presently the vice-president, Satyam Technology Centre, Hyderabad. Geetha Varadan was presented with the Best Women Scientist Award for her important contribution to Data Products Management. She is currently Project Director, Special Projects, ISRO Headquarters, providing interface with important users. Yogesh Prasad bagged the Young Scientist Award for his commendable contribution to the development of Phased Array Antenna. He is currently a design engineer in ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore. G Viswanathan and V Rama Rao and their team of scientists R Ranga Rao, T Satyanarayana, J Shanmugasundari, S Rajendran, Anitha Daniel, L Shyla, Ganesh Babu, Ceena Sunil and G Sunil Kumar were presented with the Team Achievement Award 2004 for the development of Indian Doppler Weather Radar System. All of them are presently working in ISRO’s Radar Development Unit, Bangalore.
SA Ilangovan was presented with the Space Gold Medal 2005 for Meritorious Service. Currently he is an engineer at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram. Subramanya Udupa was also presented with a Space Gold Medal 2005 for his overall contributions to the satellite programmes. He is presently the head of Onboard Systems Section, Control Systems Group, at ISRO Bangalore.
MSR Murthy too bagged the Space Gold Medal 2005 for meritorious service. Murthy is the head of Forestry and Ecology division, National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Hyderabad. Shilpa Pandya was awarded Space Gold Medal 2005 under the Women Employees’ category. She is currently the Project Manager, Product Assurance), for INSAT-4A, 4B, 3D and OCEANSAT-2 at Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad. P Janarthanan was awarded the Space Gold Medal 2005 for meritorious service. Janarthanan currently specialises in Fitting Trade and works in ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore.