The P.C. Chandra Group in its 85th year felicitates Shri Somanath S The Leader of the Chandrayaan-3 Mission

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PC Chandra Puraskar 2024 handed over to Somnath Ji Chairman of ISRO
PC Chandra Puraskar 2024 handed over to Somnath Ji Chairman of ISRO
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The P.C. Chandra Group in its 85th year felicitates Shri Somanath S, The Leader of the Chandrayaan-3 Mission

~ In the 31st edition of the P. C. Chandra Puraskaar ~

Kolkata, April 21, 2024: P. C. Chandra Puraskaar, the annual national award from the P. C. Chandra Group, was conferred upon India’s leading space scientist Dr. Somanath S, the eminent leader behind India’s triumphant Chandrayaan-3 mission – India’s most celebrated achievement in the recent years in space science. This was the 31st edition of the Annual Award Ceremony. Dr. Somanath S received the felicitation in the presence of Shri A.K. Chandra, Managing Director, P.C. Chandra Group and Shri. Amitava Chandra, Deputy Managing Director, P.C.Chandra Jewellers, Shri. Udipto Chandra, Director, P.C. Chandra Jewellers at Science City Auditorium, Kolkata.

About Shri Somanath S:
 Shri Somanath S is a Distinguished Scientist (Apex Grade) and Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO since 14 January 2022. Shri. Somanath, spanning a distinguished career of nearly 38 years, has made significant contributions to space technology.  Shri Somanath is an expert in the system engineering of launch vehicles.

As Secretary, he piloted the National Space Policy, facilitated IN-SPACe activation, engagement of ISRO with new space actors in NGPE & start-ups.  Chandrayaan-3 mission was a great success under his leadership. He left no stone unturned in ensuring a successful lunar landing in the South Pole. He plays a crucial role in the ambitious Gaganyaan mission for sending Indians to Space. Under his dynamic leadership, two new launch vehicles i.e. Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) and Test Vehicle (TV) were introduced to the country and missions were accomplished. The successful landing experiment of the Re-usable Launch Vehicle was another feather in the cap for India towards demonstrating the autonomous landing of a re-entered winged body, which very few countries around the globe have accomplished.

In his previous assignment as Director, of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC ) in 2018, the lead Centre of ISRO, he was responsible for Launch vehicle technology development.  Under his leadership, VSSC has achieved significant feats like the Crew Escape System demonstration through the Pad Abort Test (PAT), the launch of GSLV Mk-III M1/Chandrayaan 2 etc. He spearheaded the development of critical systems for the Gaganyaan programme, the development of Small Satellite Launch Vehicles, Re-usable Launch Vehicles & Air-Breathing Launch Vehicle programmes.

Before that, he had been the Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) where he led the team to complete the development and qualification of the CE20 cryogenic engine and the C25 stage which was successfully flown in GSLV Mk-III D1 flight..  
In his capacity as the Project Director of the GSLV Mk-III Launch vehicle, the first  Experimental flight of the LVM3-X/CARE mission was accomplished on 18th December 2014.

He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), the Astronautical Society of India (ASI), the National Academy of Sciences, India and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

He has published several papers in journals & seminars in the area of structural dynamics and control, dynamic analysis of separation mechanisms, vibration & acoustic testing, launch vehicle design and launch services management.

About P.C. Chandra Puraskaar:
P.C. Chandra Group introduced this award ceremony in 1993 as a tribute to their founding father, late Shri Purna Chandra Chandra. P. C. Chandra Puraskaar has always recognized people from various walks of life, who have achieved great heights in their respective fields like Shri. Manna De (1993) followed by Professor U R Rao (1994), Shri Sunil M Gavaskar (1995), Smt P.T. Usha (2004), Shri Mrinal Sen (2008), Gulzaar Saab (1997), Ustad Bismillah Khan Saheb (2002), Smt. Anju Bobby George (2007), Shri Sourav Ganguly (2011), Smt Hema Malini (2013), Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (2014), Dr. K. Radhakrishnan (2015), Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand (2016), Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Ji (2017), Dr. Devi Shetty (2019), Shri Kapil Dev (2021), Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (2022), Marry Kom (2023)  and many more.  
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Amitava Chandra, Deputy Managing Director, P.C. Chandra Jewellers said, “Our annual award ceremony in reminiscence of our founding father late Shri Purna Chandra Chandra gives us the opportunity to honour veteran and multifaceted legends of our country. This year we feel extremely honored to be able to felicitate one of the great achievers in India. Dr, Somanath S has taken the space mission of India to the pinnacle of glory making India the first nation to soft land on the southern pole of the Moon. We are certain that ISRO will reach the zenith of success under his stewardship. My heartfelt thanks and gratitude also go to all notable dignitaries who have graced the occasion. We wish to take this legacy of P.C. Chandra Group forward, celebrating excellence.”
About P.C. Chandra Group:
P.C Chandra Group is a leading Business Group from East India which began with the jewellery business and grew magnificently with time. The Group’s interests are in jewellery, chemicals and plastic industry. Other diversifications include rubber plantations, software development, construction and housing, exports and hotels. Today, P.C. Chandra Group is a multifaceted Group that enjoys the faith of global consumers and the support of many prestigious clients. The Group is a socially responsible corporation with many CSR initiatives like the J.L. Chandra Merit Scholarship (awarding Madhyamik Examination toppers), Anuprerna (scholarship to needy students), Gyandhara (knowledge centres in colleges), Neem Banani (promoting green environment), #StopTheDrop (water conservation) among many others.

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