Dr. K. Kasturirangan

    Life Skills Collaborative

    December 15, 2022


    Key Speaker | India Life Skills Summit

    Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan is the Head of the National Education Policy Drafting Committee. He also holds the positions of Chancellor, Central University of Rajasthan; Chairman, Governing Board, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune; Chairperson, NIIT University, Neemrana; Member, Atomic Energy Commission, and Emeritus Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. He is also a Member of the Council and Trust, Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore and Honorary Distinguished Advisor, (ISRO).

    He was with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for a period of nearly 35 years, including nearly 10 years as its Chairman from 1994-2003. He worked on the design and development of early satellite systems of ISRO and played a key role in the shaping India’s remote sensing satellite capabilities. 

    He was also a Nominated Member, Rajya Sabha (2003-2009) and later Member of the erstwhile Planning Commission (2009-2014). More recently (July 2017-December 2018), he was the Chairman of the Committee that drafted the National Education Policy.

    Dr Kasturirangan is an Astrophysicist. He completed his Bachelor of Science with Honours and Master of Science in Physics from Bombay University. He received his Doctorate in Experimental High Energy Astronomy in 1971 while working at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. He has wide-ranging interests in space science applications, technologies, national and international science-related policies and legal regimes. 

    He has been conferred with the Rajyotsava Prashasthi (2014) from Government of Karnataka, the highest civilian honours Padma Shri (1982), Padma Bhushan (1992) and Padma Vibhushan (2000) by the President of India, and Award of ‘Officer of the Legion d’honneur’ (2002) by the President of the French Republic, France.


    "The educational systems should rely on three solid foundations: enhancing values, life skills, and formal educational curriculum. Each of these bases completes the other, none of them can stand on its own. "

    - Noora Ahmed Alsuwaidi