Nigar Shaji Age, Husband, Caste, Family, Biography & More

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Marital Status: Married
Age: 60 Years
Husband: Shahjahan

Nigar Shaji

Real NameNigar Sultana (before marriage) [1]Femina
Famous forbeing the project director of the Aditya-L1 mission
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 5”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Field/AreaAerospace Research
Major Organizations• Satish Dhawan Space Centre
• U R Rao Satellite Centre, Bengaluru
• Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Appointments• Radar engineer at Satish Dhawan Space Centre
• Test engineer at U R Rao Satellite Centre, Bengaluru
• Associate Project Director of Resourcesat-2A satellite
• Project director of the Aditya-L1 mission
Missions• Resourcesat-2A

• Aditya L-1 Mission
Aditya L1
Honours• Honoured by Times Now for their “contributions to India’s space endeavours” (2023)
• Honoured with the ‘Eve of Excellence’ by the Tiruchirappalli Regional Engineering College (2023)
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear, 1964
Age (as of 2024)60 Years
BirthplaceSengottai town, Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu
SchoolSRM Girls School, Sengottai
College/University• Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli
• Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi
Educational Qualification(s)• Bachelor’s in electronics and communication engineering from Tirunelveli Government Engineering College
• Master’s in electronics and communications from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi
HobbiesReading, Trekking
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateYear, 1990
Husband/SpouseShahjahan (Engineer)
ChildrenSon- 1
Tariq (Scientist)
Nigar Shaji with her Son
Daughter- 1 (Doctor)
ParentsFather- Sheikh Meeran (Farmer) (died in 1995)
Mother- Sythoon Beevi (Homemaker)
SiblingsBrother- Sheikh Saleem (Retired Professor)
Brother of Nigar Shaji
Note: She has two more siblings.
Book"One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nigar Shaji

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nigar Shaji

  • Shaji likes to read Tamil and English novels. She has read “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez many times.

    Cover Page of the book “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Cover Page of the book “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • Shaji enjoys trekking with friends.
  • Shaji applied for a job at ISRO in 1987 from a newspaper advertisement. She joined ISRO in 1987 and started her career at Satish Dhawan Space Centre. She worked as a radar engineer at Sriharikota for four years. She then worked as a test engineer at the U R Rao Satellite Centre, Bengaluru.
  • She joined the UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru after her marriage. She worked in various positions at the UR Rao Satellite Centre. She was also the Associate Project Director of the Indian Resourcesat-2A satellite.
  • She was later promoted to programme director for all lower orbit and planetary missions at ISRO.
  • Nigar Shaji led ISRO’s first solar mission, Aditya L-1 Mission. She is the Project Director of the Aditya L-1 Mission, launched on 2 September 2023.

  • Marie Curie has been the role model of Nigar Shaji since childhood.