Padmashri Vasagam R. M.

Padmashri R.M. Vasagam

Pro-Chancellor, Dr.M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, INDIA; Former Vice Chancellor Anna University, INDIA and Advisory Board Member, International Journal of BioSciences and Technology

Padmashri R.M. Vasagam is Pro Chancellor of Dr M. G. R. Education and Research Institute, Maduravoyal. Chennai.


He has received his B.E. (Hons) from University of Madras, 1963 and M.Tech. from IIT Madras, 1965.


He has professional training/background in Avionics, Navigation, Guidance, Control and Systems Engineering areas.


He is an Outstanding Scientist of the ISRO. He has been working for the Indian Space PRogram since its inception in the early 1960's.


He has served as :

  • VICE-CHANCELLOR in Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, Chennai
  • DIRECTOR (Information Technology) Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore
  • CHAIRMAN, Tamilnadu Institute of InformationTechnologyChennai
  • VICE-CHANCELLOR, Anna University, Chennai
  • DIRECTOR, Directorate of AdvancedTechnologyand Planning, ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR for APPLE, India’s first experimental geostationary communication satellite project during 1977 - 83 time frame

Prof R. M Vasagam has received numerous awards:

  • Vikram Sarabhai Award (1981)
  • Padmashri Award (1982)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award-PSG College of Technology (1982)
  • IEEE Centennial Medal (1984)
  • Biren Roy Award for Space (1988)
  • Om Prakash Bhashin Award (1988)
  • C-DAC PARAM Award (1991)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award-IIT, Madras (1996)
  • Systems Gold Medal – Systems Society of India (1999)
  • Vivekananda National Award for Excellence in Science, Technology and Related Education on the occasion of Platinum Jubilee of Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore.

He also served as Visiting Scientist at

  • Institute of Space and Aeronautical Sciences, University of Tokyo, 1967
  • Centre for Space Research/Lincoln Lab, MIT, Boston, 1970
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Maryland, USA, 1971

He isa

  • Fellow of International Academy of Astronautics, Paris;
  • Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad;
  • Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India;Fellow of Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers;
  • Fellow Member of Astronautical Society of India and
  • Senior Member of IEEE.

He is a Member / Convener in the Steering Committee on Science and Technology, State Planning Commission, Tamil Nadu.


He also serves as Member in the Standing Committee of the Department of Ocean Development, Govt. of India.


He has contributed as Member of the Natural Sciences Sub-Commission of Indian National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi.


He serves a Member of the 10th Five Year Plan Working Group for Department of Space.