In 1981, the Government of India awarded him Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in 1990. After his long involvement in space and missile programs in India, he was awarded India’s most prestigious ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 1998 for his excellent work in space and missile programs of India. Besides these important awards by the Government of India, a large number of universities and institutes given him honorary degree of doctorates in India and around the world. Many state governments in India also awarded him in several occasions.
He wrote many inspirational books such as “India 2020”, “Ignited Minds”, “Mission India”, “The Luminous Sparks”, “Inspiring Thoughts”, etc. In order to beat the corruption in country he launched a mission for youths named “What Can I Give Movement”. He served as visiting professor in various universities and institutes of the country (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Indore, etc), as Chancellor of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram, JSS University (Mysore), Aerospace Engineering at Anna University (Chennai), etc. He has been awarded with the awards like Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Bharat Ratna, Indira Gandhi Award, Veer Savarkar Award, Ramanujan Award and many more.