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Several DRDO scientists have been promoted from Sci F to Sci G wef 1 July 1999. The biodata of some of the promotees highlighting their contributions in DRDO were covered in the previous issues and some are given here. The profiles of the remaining promotees will be covered in the subsequent issues.

Dr SD Mehta
DTRL, Delhi

Dr SD Mehta obtained MSc (Physics) from Bangalore University and PhD in Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has been working in the areas of instrumentation, photonics, remote sensing, image processing, and pattern recognition for last three decades.

Dr Mehta joined DRDO at the Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun, in 1979. At DEAL, he was instrumental in initiating and nurturing image processing activities. He joined DTRL in 1996 and has since been involved with project activities in terrain visualisation and evaluation systems. He is a life member of IETE and has 40 research publications to his credit.

Shri CL Arora
DEAL, Dehradun

Shri CL Arora obtained post-graduation in Physics from Agra University and joined DRDO at the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad, in 1967. At DLRL, he significantly contributed to the development of broadband HF/VHF/UHF antenna systems for ground, air-borne and naval usage for communication, direction finding and electronic warfare role. He was posted to the Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun, in 1982 where he was responsible for EMI/EMC antennas and EMP test facility and for development of EM-compatible, EMP-hARDEned communication system and anti-icing paint for antennas used in cold regions. He also has to his credit several other achievements including development of antennas for HF-com-net system, networking of various DRDO labs/estts and antennas for Antarctic mission. Presently, he is engaged in the development of millimetre-wave systems including special antennas like multifeed-multibeam antennas at W-band and slotted array antennas at Ka-band.

Shri Arora is a member of the Joint EMC Advisory Board, a fellow member of IETE, member of dB Society and executive member of EMC Engineers India.

Shri R Jayakumar
CVRDE, Avadi

Shri R Jayakumar obtained BE (Hons) from Madras University and MTech from IIT, Chennai, in 1972 and 1974, respectively. He joined DRDO at the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad, in 1974 where he worked in the field of advanced ground-base mobile broadband electronic warfare system, mainly on microwave ELINT receivers for electronic intelligence surveillance in the band of 0.5 to 12 GHz. Later, he joined Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangalore, in 1984 and worked on high-power low probability of intercept trans-receiver for detection of mortars and gun shells employing digital pulse compression radar.

Shri Jayakumar joined CVRDE in 1989 and is working on MBT Arjun system integration and configuration control and implementation of several points of action plan for production of MBT. He is also working on innovative abinitio design of Vehtronics for futuristic Arjun-II tanks. He has several papers to his credit.

Shri Philip De Costa
GTRE, Bangalore

Shri Philip De Costa obtained his BTech from IIT, Kharagpur, in 1967 and joined DRDO at the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, in 1968. He is closely associated with the manufacture of aerogas turbines and has done pioneering work in the development of electron beam welding technology. Presently, he is heading the manufacturing group at GTRE and is instrumental in establishing key technologies associated with gas turbines, viz., electron beam welding, investment casting, vacuum heat treatment, NC machining, and spot and seam welding. Besides DRDO, his service has also been extended to various projects undertaken by ISRO, BARC, and HAL.

Shri Costa's efforts in establishing diffusion bonding and titanium investment casting at the Establishment have been creditable. Over a period, he has transformed the manufacturing facilities at GTRE from a prototype fabrication unit to a well-coordinated production unit, capable of producing five engine sets in a year.

Dr MB Deshmukh
NMRL, Ambernath

Dr Mukunda Balkrishna Deshmukh obtained MSc in Physical Chemistry and PhD from Bombay University. He joined DRDO in 1965. He has 34 years of experience in corrosion prevention, electro-chemical power sources and metallurgical failure analysis.

Dr Deshmukh is a nodal scientist behind successful completion of projects on corrosion prevention and introducing R&D area of fuel cells at NMRL. Presently, he is involved in R&D work on development of phosphoric acid fuel cell and power packs for military vehicles. Some of his contributions include: introduction of titanium tubed drain cooler for Navy's Leander class frigates and in-situ process for chemical cleaning of submarine coolers, corrosion mapping of Indian naval harbour, lab scale development of high moly bearing stainless steel, contribution to mechanistic understanding, cathodic protection of ships, and solution to corrosion problem of bomb release mechanism developed by ARDE. He is member of various societies and institutions and has published 38 papers, 150 technical reports and a number of classified reports.

Shri BS Sastry
RCI, Hyderabad

Shri BS Sastry joined DRDO at the Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, in 1969 and was transferred to the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, in 1996. His areas of contribution are: aerospace control systems and design engineering with CAD/CAM/CAE software. During his tenure at CVRDE, he significantly contributed to the development of secondary power systems of LCA which consist of high speed gear box (AMAGB) driving two hydraulic pumps, electrical generator, and a jet fuel starter to the operational requirement of LCA.

Presently at RCI, Shri Sastry is involved in the development of yaw, pitch and roll motion simulator for Nag missile . He reviewed the design of the transporter-cum-erector and various other integration fixtures of PJ Q8. He is associated with the development of hydraulic power pack of air defence missile, electro-hydraulic servo valves for LCA and indigenisation of 30/40 KVA generator for LCA and ground systems for Akash and Trishul with BHEL (R&D).

Shri TV Rao
RCI, Hyderabad

Shri TV Rao is BE and MS in Electrical Engineering from Vikram University and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 1966 and 1982, respectively. He joined the Department of Civil Aviation in 1968 as Assistant Technical Officer and was engaged mainly in the maintenance of aviation communication and navigation equipment. He joined DRDO in 1972 as SSO-II at the Instruments Research & Development Establishment, Dehradun and was responsible for control system development for free gyro-based land navigation system (GLNS) and shared cash award for it development. He also initiated the development of gyro-stabilised sighting systems through a competence building project. Besides, he also participated in the evaluation of a variety of fire control systems for tanks and contributed towards development of control circuits for prototype stabilised sights for MBT. He was transferred to the Defence Research & Development Laboratory, Hyderabad, in 1984 and has been working in the Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad since 1989. He is presently engaged in the design and development of gyro-based stabilisation systems for two categories of seekers for missile applications. He is also associated with Nag weapon system designed at DRDL/RCI.

Shri VK Venugopal
DRDL, Hyderabad

Shri Velamuri Kanaka Venugopal obtained BE in Mechanical Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati and ME in Space Engineering and Rocketry from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. He joined DRDO at the Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in 1973. Under his able guidance, three major projects were successfully undertaken, viz., liquid propulsion technology, project Prithvi and project Dhanush. As a member of Liquid Propulsion Division, he commissioned various test facilities to carry out performance evaluation of liquid propellant rocket engine and subsystems, and conducted static tests. Under his guidance, liquid propellant storage facility was set up as per STEC standards.

Under project Prithvi, Shri Venugopal evolved the weapon system configuration and finalised the design for ground system (17 nos) required for the project. He guided the launcher stabilisation system through extensive trials for project Dhanush for launching of Prithvi (P-II) version from ship-to-shore-based targets which was configured for the Navy.

Shri Venugopal is a member of Astronautical Society of India.


Dr Mohinder Singh has taken over from Dr SS Murthy, Director, Dr Mohinder Singh taking over charge from Dr SS MurthyDESIDOC, who retired on 30 November 1999, on superannuation. Dr Singh has brilliant academic record with BSc (Hons) Physics, MSc (Physics), MLISc, PG Diploma (Journalism), PG Diploma (Industrial Relations and Personnel Management), and PhD in Library and Information Science with scholarship awARDEd at state and national levels. His PhD on Information Seeking Behaviour of Defence Scientists formed a basis for the design of Thesaurus of Scientific/Technical Terms and the SDI Services of DRDO. He served under CSIR before joining DRDO as SSO-I in 1979. Before joining DESIDOC in 1996, he developed and established modern documentation/information centres at DLRL, Hyderabad and IAT, Pune. He has published 27 research/technical papers in documentation, besides seven books. His two books, one on Library and Information Management and other on Electronic Warfare proved very successful.

He was awARDEd Certificate of Merit for his significant contributions in the field of Documentation and Project Support Activities, honoured by the Governor of Haryana for bringing honour to the university as one of the best students during 40 years at 40 Anniversary Ceremony of Kurukshetra University (1956-96) held on 11 January 1996.


Dr SS Murthy, Director, Defence Scientific Information & Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Delhi, on attaining the age of superannuation, retired from service wef 30 November 1999.

Dr Murthy joined DRDO as Director, DESIDOC, in 1979. He initiated library automation and computer-based information services at DESIDOC. Under his guidance, DESIDOC established DIALOG online search service database, an online catalogue of DESIDOC library holdings and a combined holding of DRDO libraries. Besides, he developed multimedia facility at the Centre and under his guidance, DRDO publications got a face lift.

Dr Murthy has a number of papers to his credit in library and information sciences. He is member of many professional societies and has served/serving several advisory committees of the Government of India in the field of information sciences and technology.

Dr Murthy is associated with the Working Group on Content Development of the National Task Force on Information Technology. He was awARDEd the Fellowship of the Society for Information Science and has been chosen for the Ranganatban-Kaula Award for library and information science.

Higher Qualifications Achieved

Shri PK Chatterjee, Director, Defence Institute of Fire Research (DIFR), Delhi, has been awARDEd PhD in Fire Science for his thesis titled "A study on the prevention and abatement technique of coal mine fire to improve quality of fire prevention and suppression in India' by Inter-Cultural Open University, The Netherlands.

Shri P Janardhan Rao, Sci E, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad, has been awARDEd PhD for his thesis, titled 'Studies on fatigue crack growth behaviour of welded cruciform and butt joints of a low alloy (Q&T) high strength steel with austenitic and ferritic fillers' by IIT, Chennai.

Deputations Abroad

SASE (R&D Centre), Chandigarh

Shri Amod Kumar, Sci C, RDC, Snow & Avalanche Studies Establishment (SASE), Chandigarh, was deputed to the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow & Avalanche Research (SFISAR), Switzerland, from 1 February to 30 July 1999.

Maj Gen SS Sharma, KC, VSM, Director, SASE, was deputed to SFISAR, Switzerland, for monitoring the collaborative work being carried out under the institutional cooperation programme between SFISAR and SASE, during l6-28 July l999.

Shri PK Satyawali, Sci C, SASE, was deputed to Zurich, Switzerland, to present a paper titled 'Diffusivity and vapour flow into snow during phase change' at the International Symposium on Verification of Cryospheric Models organised by the International Glaciological Society, Cambridge, during 16-20 August 1999.

Dte of F&AS, DRDO HQrs

Dr Brahma Singh, Director of Food and Agricultural Sciences, DRDO HQrs, New Delhi, was deputed to Israel during 4-12 September 1999 to present a paper titled 'Vegetable production in cold desert of India: A success story on solar green houses' at the International Conference on Green House Technique Towards the Third Millenium and to participate in the 14 International Agricultural Exhibition and to visit Jordan Valley Regional R&D Centre, Jerico.

GTRE, Bangalore

Dr S Sunderrajan, Director, GTRE, visited UK to attend JMB meeting and chaired a session at the 14 ISABE Symposium, Italy, during 5-11 September 1999.

Shri K Venkataraju, Sci F and Dr Vivek Sanghi, Sci D, Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, were Deputed to present a paper at the l4th ISABE Symposium, Italy, during 5-ll Septemberl999.

IAT, Pune

Dr SP Panda, Sci G, Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Pune, attended the 14th International Seminar on Air Breathing Engines (ISOABE), Florence, Italy, during 5-10 September 1999. Dr Panda presented a paper titled Decomposition Mechanism in Explosive Properties of GAP-Based Ram Rocket Propellants.

Shri PK Chatterjee, Director, Defence Institute of Fire Research (DIFR), Delhi, has been awARDEd PhD in Fire Science for his thesis titled 'A study on the prevention and abatement technique of coal mine fire to improve quality of fire prevention and suppression in India' by Inter Cultural Open University, The Netherlands.

NPOL, Kochi

Shri S Paramasivan Pillai, Sci F, was deputed to Belarus during 9-14 September 1999 to visit Kamerton, State Enterprise Special Bureau; Minsk Research Institute of Radiomaterials; AV Luikov Heat and Mass Transfer Institute; and Institute of Engineering Cybernetics.

VRDE, Ahmednagar

Maj Gen Tej Paul, Director, attended the 13 International Conference of International Society for Terrain Vehicles Systems (ISTVS) held at Munich, Germany, during 14-17 September 1999. He coordinated one of the sessions in the Conference and presented a paper on 'Impact of ground-generated vehicle vibration on physiological functions of human body.CABS, Bangalore

Shri T Balakrishnan, Sci D, was deputed to Israel for inspection, testing and acceptance of UHF trans receiver antenna and for acquiring the technology required for indigenous development, during 3-9 September 1999.

INMAS, Delhi

Shri RV Narayanan, Sci E, was deputed to Vietnam from 28 September to 8 October 1999. He was invited by IAEA to perform QC of SPECT and planer gamma camera, to undertake its upgrading and to teach and train local medical and technical staff in QC of SPECT and planer camera.

Lt Col R Sankar was deputed to Florida, USA, to present a paper titled 'Frontal lobe creative/choline ratios before and after anti-thyroid treatment in graves disease' at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association from 29 September to 3 October 1999.

DEAL, Dehradun

Shri Ashok Mittal, Sci D, Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun, was deputed to present two papers at the 24 International Conference organized by University of Davis, California, USA, on Infrared and Millimeter Waves, during 5-10 September 1999.

sspl, Delhi

Dr Chandra Prakash, Sci D, proceeded to Germany on 26 September 1999 for five working days to visit Lambda Physik, Germany, for training on excimer laser system model COMPEX-200. He also visited laser laboratory and held discussions there.


Dr Haridwar Singh, Director, visited The Hague, Netherlands, to attend a seminar on ADASITE at the OPCW HQrs, during 7-8 October 1999.

Shri S Jayaraman, Sci F and Smt VA Mujumdar, TO B, were deputed to China to present papers on Pyrotechnics at the 26th International Pyrotechnics Seminar, during 1-4 October 1999.

ITR, Chandipur

S/Shri SC Narang, Director; MV Bhaskarachary and R Appavu Raj, both Sci E; and KS Vara Prasad, Sci D; were deputed to Russia for system design review of project PJ-10, during 16-22 October 1999.

Shri SC Narang and Shri CR Moulik, Sci E, were deputed to ROSV, Russia, for technical discussion, demonstration, negotiation, and signing of supplementary contract for modified Kama-N radar, during 23-28 October 1999.

Defence Science Centre Renamed

The Defence Science Centre (DScC), Delhi, has been renamed as Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC), Delhi, wef 1 August 1999.

Correspondent Nominated

Col SK Razdan, Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC), Delhi, has been nominated correspondent for DRDO Newsletter.

Blood Donation

Shri B Jayaraman, TA, Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, has been awARDEd by Shri Arcot N Veerasamy, Minister of Health, Tamil Nadu, for his generous contribution to the society by donating blood voluntarily 75 times. The Tamil Nadu AIDS Control Board has also recognised his nobel act.