Director, Defence Scientific Information & Documentation Centre (DESIDOC)
Dr K Nageswara Rao
Director, DESIDOC

Dr K Nageswara Rao, Sc-G has assumed charge as Director, Defence Scientific Information & Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Delhi at DRDO with effect from 31st August 2021. Dr Rao has obtained M.Sc in Physics from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati in 1988; PG Diploma in Computer Applications from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad in 1991, MLISc from Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar in 1992 and Ph.D from University of Mysore, Mysore in 2009.

Dr K Nageswara Rao joined Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi as Scientist-B in 1995 and implemented barcode technology for library applications. Later he was transferred to Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in 1999 and implementation of Barcode Technology for library applications, ported bibliographic data of 75000 books from Libris to LibSys library automation software, implemented various indexing and abstracting services to scientific community of Missile Complex. He took initiatives in a big way to establish new Knowledge Centre Building, strengthening of IT infrastructure, design and development of Digital Library Software using JSP and Oracle on Linux platform to serve missile complex scientific community on 24x7 basis. He has established huge collection of eBooks, technical reports, standards, journal articles and conference papers and provided seamless access to information. He developed software to capture usage statistics of digital content accessed by scientists on Intranet, tools to capture MARCXML data from Internet, established procedures to preserve and archive digital documents.

Dr K Nageswara Rao got promoted as Scientist-G in 2017 and led the team of Knowledge Centre, Budgeting Division, Planning Division, Finance Division, Exhibition Cell of DRDL as Technology Director, Planning & Resources (DP&R); Human Resource Division, Technology Management Division, Hall of Missile Technology as Technology Director, Human Resources & Technology Management (DHRTM) and Technical Advisor & Director Programme Analysis (TA&DPA) to Director DRDL during his tenure in DRDL.

He has coordinated many high profile visits, organised several national and international conferences, scientific expositions, technical workshops and significantly contributed in the popularisation and promotion of Defence R&D.

Dr K Nageswara Rao is well known for his significant contributions and expertise in designing Information Retrieval Systems & Information Filtering Systems and designing Content-Based Document Recommender Systems. He has to his credit around 20 national/international journal/conference papers and he is a member of Society for Information Science (SIS), New Delhi.

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