Thiruvananthapuram: V.P. Kulkarni, 69, former Deputy Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, and former chairman and managing director, Electronic Research and Development Centre (now Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), passed away on Wednesday while on a vacation in his native place, Pune. He was serving as UGC Visiting Fellow, Department of Futures Studies, University of Kerala, and managing director of Gemtech Solutions. He is survived by his wife, Neetha, Vice-Principal, SMCSI Medical College, Karakkonam, Thiruvananthapuram, and a son and a daughter. — Special Correspondent