RECENT DRDO DEVELOPMENTS
Modification of Passive Night Sight of INSAS Rifle
CASSA CELEBRATES FOUNDATION DAY
The Centre for Aeronautical Systems Studies & Analyses (CASSA), Bangalore, celebrated its Foundation Day on 26 October 2002. Shri RP Ramalingam, Director, Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), Bangalore was the Chief Guest. Shri HV Srinivasa Rao, Director CASSA presided over the function.Shri RP Ramalingam in his inaugural address congratulated all the officers and staff for their contributions. He also distributed prizes to the winners of the sports competition. Shri N Sitaram gave away the awards / certificates to the winners of the CASSA Day Cash Award for the Best Scientist; CASSA Day Cash Award for the Dedicated Scientists; and CASSA Day Cash Award to the Dedicated Employees. A technical exhibition was also arranged displaying the various softwares developed at CASSA.
INMAS organises International Conference on RaDIATion Damage and its Modification
The Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) , Delhi, organised the International Conference on RaDIATion Damage and its Modification during 12-15 November 2002. Dr VK Aatre, the Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri inaugurated the Conference at the LASTEC Auditorium, Delhi. About 150 scientists, including 20 from internationally reputed Institutes, participated in the Conference. Dr HC Goel, Jt Director, INMAS and convener of the Conference, welcomed the delegates. Dr Jean Cadet, Scientific Adviser, Atomic Energy Commission, France, delivered the keynote address. Secretary of the Conference, Dr Madhu Bala, Sci E, INMAS proposed the vote of thanks.
The Conference resolved around the focal theme of raDIATion and biomolecule interaction, prophylactic modalities for radio-protection and management of post-irraDIATion injuries. Deliberations were initiated about the effect of raDIATion at molecular , cellular, tissue, whole organism, and population levels in a progressive way. Low-dose raDIATions effects and the biological dosimetric parameters were also discussed. The importance of herbal radio protectors was overweighing in comparison to molecular synthetic compounds.
The Conference concluded with a panel discussion chaired by Dr W Selvamurthy, Outstanding Scientist and Adviser, Biomedical Sciences and Dr HC Goel, Jt Director. The speakers, during panel discussion, emphasised on the need of international cooperation for development of radio protectors. The necessity of efforts for the development of herbal radio protectors was unanimously appreciated.