Hyderabad: Image of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Scientist Khushboo Mirza is being shared with a viral message that she has been appointed as director of ISRO.
“Proud to be AMU alumnus, 35-year-old scientist Kushbu Mirza, has been promoted as Director in ISRO. She is an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University and only the 2nd Muslim Scientist after Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to hold this rank at ISRO,” reads a tweet.
She has been promoted to the rank of Scientist-F but not appointed as director of ISRO.
Further searching, lead us to a portal ' Live Hindustan.com'. The article published on 25 June 2020 reads that she has been promoted to director scientists Rank-F.
The second part of the claim that she is the second Muslim after former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam to hold this position is also false. Kalam was Project director for SLV-III project which was India’s first indigenously designed and produced a satellite launch vehicle. Later he was shifted to the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
Kushboo is a full-time scientist with ISRO. However, she has not been given the same rank as that of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
“Dear friends and well-wishers, With your blessings, I have been promoted to the next grade in my organization recently. Though it is a big milestone in my career. it's not as big as some of you think. I have seen many news items spreading some false articles about me,” Khusbhoo Mirza tweeted.
She also said that she will take action against media organizations spreading fake news.
According to President Ram Nath Kovind’s tweet, the lady scientist is an Aligarh Muslim University Alumni and has played a pivotal role in Mission Chandrayan.
Hence the claim that Kushboo Mirza has been promoted as director of ISRO is false.