Pramod Kale

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Pramod Kale, was born on 4 March 1941 in Pune, India.

He completed his matriculation in 1956 from the MC High School, Vadodara [ Baroda ] and went on to study at Fergusson College in Pune. He completed his B. Sc [ Physics ] from MS University, Baroda in 1960 and then his M. Sc [ Physics-Electronics ] from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad in 1962.

For over four decades, Pramod Kale has worked for the India Space and Research Program in various leadership roles.

Kale received the 2006 Aryabhatta award for his lifetime contribution to the promotion of astronomy in India.[1]


S.S.C. 1956, M.C. HIGH SCHOOL, Vadodara

Int. Sc, 1958, Fergusson College, Pune University

B. Sc. (Physics) 1960, M. S. University, Vadodara

M. Sc. (Physics -Electronics) 1962, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad


Initial Experience[edit]

While studying for M. Sc. he worked at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad for getting practical experience of Electronics and Space Research. During that time started work on Satellite tracking. After M. Sc. in 1962 he worked for three years as a research student of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. In 1963 he was selected as a team member for the establishment of TERLS, Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station, near Thiruvananthapuram and for that work was deputed to work at Goddard Space Flight Centre, NASA, USA. He joined the Indian Space Efforts in 1962 right from the launch of first rockets in Thumba.

Professional Experience[edit]

Head-Electronics Division, (Satellite systems), Space Science and Technology Center, now Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. 1967-1969

Resident Representative of ISRO at Goddard Space Flight Centre, NASA, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA 1969-1972

Project Manager- Electronics and TV Hardware, Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE), 1974-1976, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad

Project Director, INSAT 1 Space Segment Project, Department of Space, Bangalore, 1977 -1987

Director, Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organization, Ahmedabad, 1987-1994

Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Indian Space Research Organization, Thiruvananthapuram, 1994

Executive Director and Head, Microwave Antenna Division, Global Wireless Technology Limited, Pune 1996 till Mar 2002

Director, Global Information Technology Academy, Pune June 2000 till Jul 2002

Honors Received[edit]

Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Vikram Sarabhai Award for System Analysis and Management Problems, 1975

Padmashri, Government of India, 1984

Shri R L Wadhawa Gold Medal of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers 1991

Bharat Jyoti Award presented by Front for National Progress 1999

Aryabhatta Award, 2006 presented by the Astronautical Society of India in recognition of life time contribution to the promotion of astronautics.

Research Publications[edit]

He has published over twenty-five papers on various subjects since 1964 till 1994

Institutional Memberships and Fellowships[edit]

Fellow and Past President, Indian Society of remote Sensing

Fellow and Past President, Indian Society of Geomatics

Fellow, Gujarat Science Academy

Life Member and Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences

Life member & Fellow, Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers

Life Member, Computer Society of India

Founder Life Member and Director, Indian Society for Advancement of Material Processing and Engineering

Fellow and Life Member, Astronautical Society of India

President, 1996, Marathi Vignan Parishad

Trustee, Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Trust, Ahmedabad Management Association

Former Member, Governing Council, Information and Library Network, UGC,

Former Member, Council for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (CMAS), IMD, Govt. of India.

Life Member, Indian Association of Physics Teachers

Executive Chairman, Muktangan Exploratory Science Center, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan till Dec 6, 2010

Former Chairman of Board of Trustees, Indian Institute of Education, Pune

Current Positions[edit]

President and Trustee, Vasundhara Trust, Pune

Member, Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission, Maharashtra Government.

President, Community Aid and Sponsorship Program (CASP)

Director, Integrated Circuit and Information Technology Pvt. Ltd., VLSI Design and Research Center, Department of Electronic Science, University of Pune, Ganeshkhind Road, Aundh, Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA, 411007

Member, Governing Council, Centre for Development Studies and Activities (CDSA), Pune, maharashtra, India, 411021


  1. ^ "Pramod Kale gets Aryabhatta award". Oneindia. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2010.