MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
Continuing Education Programme
Under the continuing education programme (CEP) of DRDO the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, organised a course on High Explosives during 2-6 August 1999. Twenty-five officers from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The topics covered during the course were: high explosives, gun and rocket propellants, pyrotechnics, and a detailed study of various facets of high explosives including process techniques, method for determining the properties of explosives and application in various systems. As a part of the course, live firing trials of various high explosive compositions were also demonstrated to the participants. Dr KUB Rao, Sci F, HEMRL, was the Course Director.
HEMRL organised a course on High Energy Materials from 20 September to 1 October 1999 for technical staff and officers. Dr VN Krishnamurthy, Honorary Director DRDO/ISRO-UoP Interaction Cell, University of Pune, inaugurated the course. Twenty-seven participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The course included 50 lectures covering the entire spectrum of high energy materials. Visits to process buildings, laboratory, and demonstration of the manufacturing and testing of high energy materials were also a part of the course. The course ended with a valedictory address by Dr Haridwar Singh, Director, on Global Scenario in High Energy Materials.
HEMRL conducted another CEP course on Instrumental Analysis of High Energy Materials during 6-l0 September 1999. Dr Haridwar Singh inaugurated the course. Twenty-six participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The faculty was drawn from University of Pune, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and HEMRL. The topics covered during the course were: spectral and thermal, chromatography and allied techniques used for instrumental analysis of high energy materials.
The Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, organised a CEP course on Management Aspects in Manufacturing during 30 August to 10 September 1999. Twenty-one participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The topics covered during the course were: 6 Ms (men, machine, material, minute, money and market), attitude and aptitude aspects of persons working in shop environment, motivation, punishment and rewards, rules and regulations of the Factory Act; liberalisation, globalisation on manufacturing scene; modernisation plan for survival; trends in manufacturing philosophy; dynamics of management; and project management, strategic manufacturing, and safety aspects in management. Prof S Soundaranayagam was the Chief Guest for the valedictory function and distributed course certificates to the participants.
GTRE organised a course on Airworthiness from 28 September to 8 October 1999. Thirty participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The faculty was drawn from GTRE, DGQA, CEMILAC, ADA, NAL, SIATI, and IISc, all at Bangalore. Shri K Srinivasa, former CEO, CEMILAC, delivered the valedictory address and distributed course certificates to the participants.
The Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, organised a one week course on Biomedical Instrumentation during 25-29 October 1999. The objective of the course was to introduce the various equipment available at INMAS and discuss their theoretical basis and applications in the biomedical research. Twenty one participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The topics covered during the course included: applications of biomedical instruments in healthcare, non invasive medical imaging, raDIATion biology, radio pharmaceuticals, bio-informatics, nuclear medicine and radio-immuno assay. The course included lectures, live demonstrations and visits to various departments of the Institute. Maj Gen T Ravindranath, VSM, AVSM, was the Training Director. Dr T Lazar Mathew, Director, distributed course certificates to the participants.
The Solidstate Physics Laboratory, Delhi, organised a course on Vacuum Technology during 6-10 September 1999 in association with Nuclear Science Centre (NSC) and National Physical Laboratory (NPL), both at New Delhi. Prof GK Mehta, Director, NSC, inaugurated the course. Forty-eight participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course and they were taken to NSC and NPL for demonstration and lectures on vacuum systems. Dr Vikram Kumar, Director, SPL, delivered the valedictory address and distributed certificates to the participants.
The Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL), Pithoragarh, organised a course on Integrated Pest Management for Crop Production during l3-18 September 1999. Prof PK Gupta, Scientist Emeritus, CCS University, Meerut, inaugurated the Course.
The Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi, organised a course on Trends in Sonar Processing during 6-10 September 1999. Shri V Chander, Director, NPOL, inaugurated the course. Seventeen participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. Shri HRS Sastry, Associate Director, NPOL, presided over the valedictorv function and distributed the course certificates to the participants.
ISO-9000 Awareness Training
The Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, organised an ISO-9000 Awareness Training for around 400 DRDO staff and officers during 19-26 November 1999. The training comprised 20 lectures on various aspects of ISO-9000.
Orientation Course for TOs
The first Orientation Course for Technical Officers (TOs) was organised by the Instrument Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun, from 11 October 1999. Dr OP Nijhawan, Director, while inaugurating the Course emphasised on the need of general awareness of the TOs in the field of science and technology related to project work and management. The five-day course comprised lectures on basic/applied science, engineering workshop practice, introduction to CAD, general administration rules, stres procedures, and leadership and project management. Dr Nijhawan, delivered the valedictory address.
The Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Chandigarh, has installed and commissioned two Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) in Kargil sector during Operation Vijay. A highly dedicated team consisting of Shri Bir Singh TO A, Sub TK Mokhopadhyay, Shri Ashwani Kumar TA B, Sigmn MC Joshi and Sep CR Yadav left for Kargil, and after reaching Srinagar, carried out preliminary reconnaissance. The sites were worked out and the team finally installed AWS system at Zozila (3529 m) and Dras (3250 m). The AWS are giving round the clock data of meteorological and snow parameters. The data from AWS has been extensively used to issue weather forecast which helped the troops in carrying out the operations.