G Madhavan Nair was born on
October 31,1943 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He graduated in Engineering from
Kerala University in 1966 and underwent training at Bhabha Atomic Research
Center (BARC), Bombay.
He joined Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) in 1967. Since
then, he has held various positions posting illustrious milestones on his way
to the position of Chairman ISRO.
During his tenure of six years as Chairman, ISRO/Secretary,
successful missions were accomplished i.e.,
INSAT-3E, RESOURCESAT-1, EDUSAT, CARTOSAT-1, HAMSAT-1, INSAT-4A, PSLV-C5,
GSLV-F1, PSLV-C6, CARTOSAT-2, INSAT-4B, SRE-1, PSLV-C7, PSLV-C8, GSLV-F04,
INSAT-4CR, PSLV-C10, CARTOSAT-2A, IMS-1, PSLV-C9, CHANDRAYAAN-1, PSLV-C11,
PSLV-C14 and OCEANSAT-2.
He has taken initiatives towards development of futuristic technologies to
enhance the space systems capabilities as well as to reduce the cost of access
to space. He has given major thrust for evolving application programmes such as
tele-education and telemedicine for meeting the needs of society at large.
As on today, more than 31,000 classrooms have been connected under the EDUSAT
network and telemedicine is extended to 315 hospitals - 269 in
remote/rural/district hospitals including 10 mobile units and 46 super
He has initiated schemes for Village Resource Centres through satellite
connectivity which aims at improving the quality of life of the poor people in
the villages. More than 430 VRCs are facilitating access to spatial information
on important aspects like land use/land cover, soil and ground water prospects
and enable the farmers in taking important decisions based on their query.
VRCs also enable online interaction between the local farmers and agricultural
scientists. It also provides information of many governmental schemes, farming
system, action plans based on weather, community specific advice on soil and
water conservation, etc.
In his tenure as the Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre from
1995-99, India's efforts towards indigenous development of cryogenic technology
took concrete shape and vital infrastructures were built and critical
technologies were developed.
In his role as the Director of VSSC from 1999 till he took over the present
position, Shri G.Madhavan Nair led VSSC, the largest Centre of ISRO with about
six thousand employees working in various engineering and scientific
disciplines towards the development of India's Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch
Vehicle - GSLV capable of orbiting 2000 kg class of satellite into Geo Transfer
Orbit, which had its successful flight in the very first attempt, and declared
operational after its successful flight in 2003.
He was also responsible for charting the road map for future development of
ISRO's activities, especially in the launch vehicle area targeting low cost
access to space.
Shri G Madhavan Nair as Chairman, Space Commission is responsible for chalking
out the future plan for space research in the country. Major thrust are in
scientific exploration of outer space using the ASTROSAT and Chandrayaan (moon)
missions apart from implementing schemes for telemedicine, tele-education and
disaster management support systems.
He is also providing guidance and leadership in undertaking new technology
developments related to launch vehicle, spacecrafts for communication, remote
sensing and applications programmes to meet societal needs.
In the international arena, Mr Madhavan Nair has led the Indian delegations for
bilateral cooperation and negotiations with many Space Agencies and Countries,
specially with France, Russia, Brazil, Israel, etc., and has been instrumental
in working out mutually beneficial international cooperative agreements.
Shri G Madhavan Nair has led the Indian delegation to the S&T Sub-Committee
of United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS) since
Shri G Madhavan Nair's focus has always been to achieve self-reliance in the
high technology areas and to bring the benefits of space technology to the
national development, specially targeting the needs of the rural and poor
sections of the society.