ISRO Chairman S Somanath has been selected for Trivandrum Management Association (TMA) Management Leadership Award 2022 for his sterling contributions to India’s space programme and infusing a new dynamism in its futuristic projects.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will present the award to Somanath, who is also Secretary, Department of Space, Government of India, at the inaugural function of the annual management convention, TRIMA 2022, to be held on June 10 at Hotel ‘O by Tamara’ in the state capital.
An aerospace engineer, Somanath also served as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, and Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. As the ISRO Chairman, he is overseeing the projects like testing a scaled-down version of ‘Reusable Launch Vehicle’ (RLV) or the ‘Swadeshi Space Shuttle’ besides executing futuristic concepts like having a human colony on Venus planet.
“We are extremely pleased to bestow the Leadership Award on Shri Somanath, who has made sterling contributions to India’s space programme and charted out new visions for its futuristic programmes with social commitment. We feel humbled to present this award to the space luminary,” said TMA President Rajesh Jha.
“By according this honour to Somanath, we believe the award will be adding more lustre to itself,” he added.
The Jury, after a detailed scrutiny of the nominations and based on the selection criteria, also declared M/s Elvicto Technologies for the TMA-ADANI Startup Award for its contribution to the realization of the objectives of a startup in Kerala.
“Elvicto Technologies has fulfilled its responsibilities through innovative technologies and solutions. The main focal areas are in the field of public parking space management and access control. The product developed by the company has found its impact in efficient handling of public parking spaces as well as employee parking needs of large corporates,” said the citation for the award.
In the category of TMA-KIMS Award for best paper presentation on ‘Trivandrum Mission 2030’, Adhirej JR Nair of CET School of Management was adjudged the winner. Akash S and Ajeesh V. S of DC School of Management and Uttara Nair and Mr Rahul A of CET School of Management bagged the second prize.
TMA, a premier management association in the country affiliated with New Delhi-based All India Management Association (AIMA), instituted the Management Leadership Award in 1986. Since then, it has been selecting every year an outstanding management professional for his/her leadership competencies, excellence in relationships, and social commitment.