Dr VK Aatre, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D released a DRDO Technology Compendium-2002 on the occasion of DRDO Day i.e, on Ist January 2004 at the Development Enclave, New Delhi, after his address to all Officers and Staff of DRDO HQrs. Dr JP Agrawal, Director of Materials has compiled this compendium based on the executive summaries provided by the Directorates of Aeronautics, Armaments, Combat Vehicles, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Electronics & Instrumentation, Life Sciences, Materials, Missiles, and Naval Systems and DRDO HQrs New Delhi. It gives an overview of seminal technological achievements of all DRDO labs/estts during 2002.


Trek and Expedition camp

Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, organised a Trek and Expedition Camp during 6-7 December 2003 for West-zone DRDO laboratories. Seventy participants from VRDE; and Pune based ARDE, R&DE(E), IAT and HEMRL, reached the foothill of Ratangarh on 6 December 2003. Shri RC Sethi, Director, VRDE and Shri BR Grover, Chairman DRDO Sports Board were among the trekkers.



Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangalore, observed Quality Month during November 2003. Programmes were launched to enhance quality awareness. The month long programme culminated with 2-day Workshop on the Recent Trends on Quality chaired by Dr JK Sharma, Chief Executive, CEMILAC, Bangalore. Eminent speakers from DRDO labs/estts, private and public undertakings participated in the Seminar. Films on quality were screened to mark the occasion.


ISO 9001: 2000 Certification

Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, has been accredited with ISO 9001: 2000 Certification on 31 October 2003.


Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR), Bangalore, celebrated CAIR Day on 25 November 2003. Director, CAIR highlighted the growth and achievements of CAIR during the last year. He also gave away the Lab Scientists of the Year Award; Lab Award for DRTC; Lab Award for Administrative and Allied Categories and Technology Group Award to the staff.

Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi, celebrated Annual Day and valedictory function of the Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations on 9 December 2003. Commodore M K Murthy, (Retd) Chairman and Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Ltd, inaugurated the ceremony. Presentation of merit certificates and cash prizes to the scientists and supporting staff in recognition of their outstanding contributions for the organisation was the highlight of the function.

Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, celebrated its 33rd Annual Day on 3 December 2003. Shri RC Sethi, Director, VRDE presented incentive awards including Hindi Promotional Awards to the awARDEes on this occasion. Sports prizes to the winners were also given by the Director. He released a Hindi in-house magazine Gatisheel.