Sir C.V. Raman Birth Centenary Award for Shri M. Natarajan, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri




Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri & Secretary Defence Research & Development, Shri M Natarajan received the prestigious Sir C.V. Raman Birth Centenary Award and a Gold Medal for his Outstanding Achievements in the field of Defence Research and Development and Strategic Systems of National Importance.

The Award was conferred to him by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh on 3rd January 2008 during the inaugural function of annual session of the 95th Indian Science Congress held at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.

Shri M Natarajan, is the head of one of the largest R&D organizations in India. He joined DRDO in 1970 and has worked for over 37 years on several important project assignments related to the design and development of tracked combat vehicles. He has been associated with MBT- Arjun programme since its inception as Programme Director.

Under his leadership as Secretary of Dept. of Defence Research & Development, since 2004, major R&D milestones and path breaking research contributions have been made. Successful launch of Agni-III missile, Interceptor missile, strategic missile for Navy, MBT Arjun, induction of Samyukta EW system for Army, LCA successfully progressing with weaponisation and store integration towards initial operational clearance and large scale induction of NBC Defence technologies in the Armed Forces are only a few of these major accomplishments under his able and dynamic leadership.

The father of combat vehicle technology in India, Shri M Natarajan, has not only delivered the state-of-the-art Main Battle Tank, ARJUN, which is already under production, but has also developed a number of technologies which have fructified as sub-systems for many combat vehicles and LCA as well. As Chief of the DRDO, he has spearheaded R&D programmes of strategic importance which have helped in a very significant manner to strengthen our national defence.

The contributions made by the eminent scientist Shri Natarajan to Science & Technology has profound impact on the national defence which elevated our country’s image in the international arena. He has taken a number of initiatives by way of improved services interaction, enhanced academic interface, industry association and a corporate culture. He has impressed upon the industries to become stake holders right from the development stage and to compulsorily investing in Research & Development for their in-house capability building in highly specialized areas for development of defence hardwares. He has also strengthened academic interface with DRDO for seeding new technologies.

In recognition of his significant contributions, Shri M. Natarajan was awarded the Padma Shri and the DRDO Technology Leadership Award in 2003. He also received the Best Scientist Award of DRDO, for his technological excellence in the project MBT Arjun in 1994. The Professional Excellence Award was conferred on him by the Institution of Engineers India in 1996. In addition to many awards and appreciations, he was also awarded the distinguished Alumni Awards of IIT Madras and IIT Bombay in December’ 2003 and March’ 2005 respectively.