Kasturirangan is currently the Chancellor of Central University of Rajasthan and NIIT University. He has also served as the chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University and the chairman of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission.
During his time at ISRO, he was a part of several successful launches, including the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle.
In 2004, he became the director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies Bangalore and served this position for five years. He has played a crucial role in shaping education policies for years now and is a member of several scientific academies.
He is also a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences of India, Indian National Academy of Engineering, Astronautical Society of India, National Telematics Forum, The Indian Meteorological Society and The Third World Academy of Sciences.
He is the recipient of Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan.
He has written more than 200 papers — both in international and national journals in the areas of astronomy, space science, space applications — and has edited six books