MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

Workshop on Biotechnology in Health Care

The Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS) , Delhi, organised aInaugural Session of the Indo-Cuban Workshop on Biotechnology in Health Care in progress two-day workshop on Biotechnology in Health Care during 3-4 October 2000. The objective of the workshop was to encourage extensive interaction between the leading scientists and industries in the field of biotechnology India with their Cuban counterparts. The workshop was sponsored by the Department of Science & Technology; Defence Research & Development Organisation; Department of Biotechnology; Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, and Ministerio De Ciencia Technology Y Medio Anbiente (CITMA) La Habana, Cuba. Dr T Lazar Mathew, Director, INMAS, welcomed the delegates. Prof VS Ramamurthy, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, presided over the function. Dr (Smt) Manju Sharma, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, delivered the inaugural address. Dr AK Datta, CCR&D, DRDO HQrs, and Dr Gustavo Sierra, Research Director, Finlay Institute, Cuba, presented the Indian Perspective and Cuban Perspective on Indo-Cuba Cooperation, respectively. Dr AP Kulshreshtha, Adviser, Department of Science & Technology, released a souvenir on the occasion. Prof G Padmanaban, Emeritus Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, delivered the keynote address. In the scientific sessions, invited lectures were delivered by the leading scientists from India and Cuba covering topics on drug designing, infectious diseases, oncology , DNA vaccines, IPR and TOT issues and recombinant products. An exhibition of leading technologies and marketable products, books and periodicals was also organ1sed. As a follow-up of the workshop, a satellite Meeting of Marketable Health Care  Technologies developed in India and Cuba was organised on 5 October 2000.

Group Discussion Workshop

The Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Delhi, organised a Group Discussion Workshop during October 2000 as a part of the training course for Services Selection Board selectors. These training workshops are conducted for senior Defence Service Officers who undergo training in group testing, interviewing and psychological techniques for selecting officers for various entries, viz., Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE), National Defence Academy (NDA), Officers Training Academy (OTA), Short Service Commission (SSC), and Naval Academy. As a part of their training, mock group discussions and lectures as training exercises were conducted. The school/ college students were invited in the workshop to give them an opportunity to understand the selection system in the Defence Services and learn the finer aspects of group discussion. In the workshop, the Group Testing Officer unraveled the potential/shortcomings of the participants by detailed individual debrief.

CEP/Other Courses

PEE, Balasore

The Proof & Experimental Establishment (PEE), Balasore, organised  a CEP course on Computers in Office during 16-20 October 2000 which w.as attended by participants from various DRDO labs/estts. The topics covered during the course were: MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, Windows, networking of computers, Internet, and e-commerce.

ITR, Chandipur

The Interim Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, organised a CEP course on Office Automation from 23 October 2000 to 3 November 2000. Thirty participants were provided training on Microsoft Office 2000 as a tool for office automation. The topics covered were: MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, MS Outlook, MS Publisher, MS Access-2000, MS Front Page, and Hindi software Akshar.

RCI, Hyderabad

The Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, organised a one-week course on Missile System Integration during 18-22 September 2000. Thirty-two participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. Shri KV Ramanasai, Associate Director, RCI, inaugurated the course. Shri MK Abdul Majeed, Visiting Scientist, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and a renowned expert in aerospace mechanisms delivered the keynote address. The topics covered during the course were: Configuration control management, mechanical integration, electrical integration, systems, EMl/EMC aspects, R&QA, productionization aspects, corrosion, electro-explosive devices, etc. Shri KVSS Prasada Rao, Director, RCI, presided over the valedictory function.

TBRL, Chandigarh

The Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) , Chandigarh, organised a course on Application in Computers during 13-17 November 2000. Lectures on Win Word, Windows, Power Point, Access, Excel, MS project and Internet were delivered during the course. The faculty was drawn from TBRL.

TBRL also organised a course on High Explosive Technology during 16-20 October 2000. Lectures on various aspects of high explosives including quality assurance were delivered. Twenty-four participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course.