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K. Sivan
The Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr. K. Sivan addressing a press conference on the occasion of ‘Lunar Orbit Insertion of Chandrayaan-2 Mission’, in Bengaluru on August 20, 2019 (cropped).jpg
K. Sivan addressing a press conference on Chandrayaan-2
Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation
Assumed office
15 January 2018
Preceded byA S Kiran Kumar
Personal details
Kailasavadivoo Sivan

(1957-04-14) 14 April 1957 (age 64)
Mela Sarakkalvilai, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India

Kailasavadivoo Sivan (born 14 April 1957) is an Indian space scientist who is the current Secretary (Space) and ex-officio chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation and Space Commission.[1][2] He has previously served as the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center and the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sivan was born in Mela Sarakkalvilai, near Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu state of India.[4] His parents are Kailasa Vadivu and mother Chellam.[5]


Sivan is son of a mango farmer and studied in a Tamil medium Government school in Mela Sarakkalvilai Village and later in Vallankumaranvilai in Kanyakumari district. He is the first graduate from his family.[6] Later Sivan graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from Madras Institute of Technology in 1980. He then got a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1982, and started working in ISRO.[7] He earned a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Aeronautical Society of India and the Systems Society of India.[8]


Sivan worked on the design and development of launch vehicles for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Sivan joined ISRO in 1982 to participate on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Project. He was appointed as the director of ISRO's Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre on 2 July 2014.[9] He was conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Sathyabama University, Chennai in April 2014.[10] On 1 June 2015, he became the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.[11]

Sivan was appointed the chief of ISRO in January 2018 and he assumed office on 15 January.[12] Under his chairmanship, ISRO launched Chandrayaan 2, the second mission to the moon on July 22, 2019, Vikram rover crashed; the orbiter was not affected and is still orbiting the moon as on August 2021.[13]

On December 30, his chairmanship was extended by a year to January 2022. His earlier tenure was up to January 2021.[14]



  1. ^ "Renowned scientist Sivan K named new ISRO chairman". The Times of India. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Sivan K named new ISRO chairman". The Economic Times. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Dr. Sivan takes over as LPSC director". The Hindu. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  4. ^ "A humble farmer's son to Isro's 'Rocket Man': Incredible journey of K Sivan".
  5. ^ Raman, A. Ragu (12 January 2018). "Fighting odds: Once mango trader now Isro chairman". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  6. ^ "K Sivan: A humble farmer's son's journey to Indian Space agency top job". The Times of India. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Chairman ISRO, Secretary DOS - ISRO". www.isro.gov.in. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  8. ^ "From farmer's son to Isro chief: Lesser known accomplishments of K Sivan". India Today. Ist. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  9. ^ Correspondent, Special (2 July 2014). "New Directors at ISRO centres". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Who is K. Sivan?". Sharan Poovanna. Livemint. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  11. ^ New directors for major ISRO centres
  12. ^ "K. Sivan takes charge as new ISRO chairman". The Hindu. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Chandrayaan-2: Success in India's second attempt at launching Moon mission".
  14. ^ "ISRO chief K Sivan gets extension till January 2022, ensures continuity in opening up space sector". The Economic Times. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  15. ^ "ISRO Chairman Sivan gets A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award". The Hindu. 15 August 2019.

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