Former president of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Dr U R Rao will be bestowed with prestigious Doctor of Science honour by Shri Visweswaraya Technological University here on its graduation day on February 13, 2006.
long with Dr U R Rao, Sam Pitroda, An inventor, a technocrat, and a social thinker too will be honoured with the Doctor of Science honour by the technical varsity.
Both the persons have contributed immensely to the vision of modern India. While one has for long been the face of Indian space activities, the other could be called as the father of telecommunication sector of the country.
Dr U R Rao
Space News, a very popular space weekly published from the US, has ranked Prof U R Rao among the top ten international personalities who have made a difference in civil, commerce and military space in the world since 1989. Prof Rao, former Chairman of ISRO is widely regarded as the man who guided India to the status of major space power, the Weekly says in its August 23, 2004 issue. During his tenure, India developed its own communication satellites, weather satellites, high resolution imaging satellites and a polar satellite launch vehicle.
It may be noted that Prof Rao was unanimously elected to preside over the United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE-III) held in Vienna in July 1999. The Government of India awarded ‘Padma Bhushan’ to Dr Rao in 1976.