Shri M Natarajan, SA to RM addressing the gathering. Also sitting on the dais
Shri SS Prasad, Prof KL Chopra and Dr A Sivathanu Pillai
The National Science Day was celebrated all over the country on 28 February
2005 to mark the discovery of Raman Effect by the great Indian Scientist Sir CV
Raman in 1928. All DRDO labs/estts organised various programmes related to
science in their respective labs/estts. As a part of the programme, one
scientist from each lab/estt delivered a talk in the thrust area and was
presented a medal and a certificate by the respective DIRECTORs on behalf of SA
DRDO HQrs and Delhi-based DRDO labs/estts also celebrated the National Science
Day in a function organised by the Defence Science Forum at the Bhagvantham
Auditorium, Metcalfe House, Delhi under the Chairmanship of Shri M Natarajan, SA
to RM and DG R & D. Shri SS Prasad, Director, ISSA, and DTRL, Delhi, and
Convener of the Forum, delivered the welcome address. Prof KL Chopra,
Ex-Director, lIT, Kharagpur was the invited speaker and delivered his talk on
Tailored Nanomaterials. This programme was made available on-line to all DRDO
labs/estts in the country through DRONA.
As a part of the celebrations, an essay writing competition on the topic, My
Vision of DRDO was organised by Defence Science Forum at DRDO level. A Science
Quiz on DRDO: Past, Present and Future and a Poster making competition on
Rebuilding India after Tsunami were also part of the Science Day activity.
Winners of these celebrations were given certificates by Dr A Sivathanu Pillai
CC R&D (NS&ACE). Dr Ravi Kashyap, Sci F, INMAS, Delhi, and Secretary, Defence
Science Forum delivered the vote of thanks.
Some of the highlights of the National Science Day celebrations at the other
DRDO labs/estts are given below:
Shri Mayank Tiwari, Sci B , delivered the oration on Science of Smart Materials.
The Chief Guest Dr Pramod Kale, former Director, VSSC, Tiruvananthapuram
delivered a talk on Images from Space.
Dr Rituraj Kumar, Sci D, delivered the oration on Evolution of Information
Sqn Ldr SV Pedgaonkar, RCMA (Air Armament), Pune, delivered the Science Day
lecture entitled, 'Certification for Life Extension of Escape Aid Power
Cartridges : A Case Study.
Dr A Sivathanu Pillai CCR&D (NS&ACE) giving awards to winners of competitions at
Metcalfe House, Delhi
Dr Sunil Kumar, Sci F, delivered the oration titled, Microbes as Potential
Bio-control Agents to Control Plant Disease.
Smt Anuradha Ravi, Sci E, delivered the oration on Biomedical Applications of
Superconductivity. Director, DEBEL, presented the medal and commendation
certificate to the scientist.
Shri V Senthil, delivered the Science Day oration on, Information
Dissemination through DRDO Web Site. Dr Mohinder Singh, Director, DESIDOC
delivered a talk on, Manviya Samasyayon ka Vaigyanik Hal (Scientific Solution to
Dr Devendra Kumar, Sci F, delivered the oration on Glutamic Acid Pre-treatment
for Improving High Altitude Performance.
Dr J H Jagannath, Sci E, delivered the oration on Synthesis and Characterisation
of Biopolymer Blends using Interpenetrating Network and their Application in
Dr N Kumar, Sci F, delivered the oration on Nanotechnology for Defence
Applications. Shri RK Syal, Director, gave away Science Day Awards and
Certificates to Scientists for their research papers published in international
Dr T Mohandas, Sci F, delivered an oration on An Understanding of Science of
Dr P Saravanan, Sci C, delivered an oration on Nanoparticles by Chemical
Synthesis, Processing to Materials and Innovative Applications.
Glimpses of Science Day celebrations
Dr Satish Kumar, Sci F, was awARDEd for Scramjet Combustor Development for
Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle.
Shri Sunil Dhar, Sci E, delivered the oration on Riview of Tsunamis– Causes and
Effects with special reference to Indian Scenario.
Smt B Githanjali, Sci D, delivered the Science Day oration on A Digital
Electronic Control Unit for the Marine Gas Turbine Engine.
Shri N M Gokhale, Sci E, delivered the oration on Perovskjte Materials Dr D
Srinivasan, Ex-Director, NPOL gave an invited lecture on the topic, Ocean
Research in India-Status, Potential and Exploitation.
Dr DD Ebenezer, Sci F, delivered an enlightening oration on Science and the
Shri Arkadeb Banerjee, Sci B, delivered a talk on Tides. Students from 11
schools and colleges were taken on a conducted tour of the establishment and
were given live firing demonstration and shown guns and instruments.
Shri Prince Sharma, Sci B, delivered the oration on Design and Analysis of
Composite Armoured Vehicle Hull. Dr Ramesh Paranjape, Director, National AIDS
Research Institute (NARI), Pune was the Chief Guest and delivered a lecture on
Current HIV Scenario in India and Relevance of the Vaccine being developed at
Shri D Radha Krishna, Sci E, delivered a lecture on Rotary Engine–what it is and
where it stands?