N E W S L E T T E R
DRDO TECHNOLOGY AWARDS
Prime Minister. Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee conferred several awards to DRDO scientists, on the occasion of National Technology day; on 11 May 2001. The function was held at the Parliament Annexe, New Delhi. The details of these awards are as follows:
The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangalore, has been awARDEd the Silicon Trophy-2000, for outstanding overall performance by a systems laboratory, in recognition of excellent professional management of the LCA programme and of the dedicated efforts of its personnel. Dr Kota Harinarayana, Programme Director, LCA, received the trophy.
ADA was created in 1983 for design and development of LCA to meet the requirements of the Indian Air Force as a replacement of Mig-21. ADA has pursued the programme as a national endeavour in self-reliance and, as the nodal agency, has succeeded in harnessing the dispersed aeronautics talent in the country. After finalisation of the tail-less compound delta configuration, ADA has steadfastly nursed LCA programme through project definition phase and full scale engineering design phase. The culmination of these dedicated efforts was the maiden and successful test flight of LCA on 4 January 2001 with a higher percentage of indigenous components and sub-systems than earlier visualised.
The Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, has been awARDEd the Titanium Trophy-2000, for outstanding overall performance of a science laboratory, in recognition of its significant research contributions in the area of life sciences. Dr RV Swamy, Director, DRDE received the trophy.
DRDE was created in its
present form in 1970 and has been engaged in high quality research in the area of life
sciences. The Establishment's significant achievements are in the area of field-based
technologies and systems for protection against toxic chemicals and pathogenic organisms.
A breakthrough has been achieved in hybridoma technology for developing sensitive kits for
diagnosis of malaria, typhoid, meningitis, plague, leptospirosis and anthrax. A variety of
filters have also been developed and supplied for submarines, ships and tanks. DRDE has
also developed and supplied biodigesters for human waste disposal in Siachen and other
extreme cold areas.
Dr KG Narayanan, Distinguished Scientist and Director, ADE and ASIEO, Bangalore, has been conferred with the Technology Leadership Award-2000 in recognition of his outstanding contributions in a number of fields. Dr Narayanan has posted several successes in aeronautics and avionics. His contributions have led to the induction of indigenously developed pilotless target aircraft, Lakshya into the Indian Air Force as well as the commencement of user trials and training of the unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicle, Nishant. Similarly, the indigenous development of the digital fly-by-wire control system for LCA and the avionics suite for SU -30 MK I highlight the international level of contributions made by ADE and ASIEO under his leadership. He has also spearheaded the development, clearance and limited production of a variety of electronic warfare suites for combat aircraft of Western and Soviet origin.
Award For Path-breaking Research-2000
The Solidstate Physics Laboratory (sspl) , Delhi, and the Gallium Arsenide Enabling Technology Centre (GAETEC), Hyderabad, have been awARDEd the Path-breaking Research Award-2000 in recognition of the outstanding contributions of the team of the following scientists under the leadership of Dr HP Vyas of sspl and Dr P A Govindacharyulu of GAETEC:
Dr (Mrs) Ramesh Gulati, Sci G,
The Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology finds applications in military, space and civilian sectors. It is one of the critical technologies controlled strongly by developed countries.
Under the leadership of Dr
Vyas, a breakthrough was achieved in the design and realisation of GaAs MMIC chips (0.7
micron). GAETEC has absorbed this technology, and several of products meeting customer
specifications have been produced and delivered, including low noise and power amplifiers.
Shri KN Singh, formerly CC R&D, DRDO, has been conferred with the Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of his many multi-disciplinary contributions over three decades to the enrichment of DRDO's output.
After an initial promising career in the Corps of Engineers, Shri Singh was on permanent secondment to DRDO from 1971 and became a civilian officer in 1988, holding the post of Chief Controller at HQrs. His early and outstanding contributions to DRDO were in the realm of creating aesthetic technical accommodation to match the major programmes initiated in the early eighties, and mention may be made of the creation of Research Centre Imarat (RCI) for the missile programme. In parallel, he created the much-admired residential areas and accommodation in Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi, and other strategic centres of DRDO.
Shri Singh also spearheaded a sensitive project using the cement of responsive management to bring together the latent talents in armament, metallurgy and chemical engineering in a number of laboratories to produce a technical response to a submerged threat to national security. At the Corporate HQrs, Shri Singh introduced a highly innovative and effective management system encompassing personnel, resources and manpower development to efficiently support the mission-oriented projects and programmes of DRDO.
Award For Performance Excellence-2000
Shri J Jayaraman and his team of the following scientists from Aeronautical Development Establishment, Bangalore, have been conferred with the Award for Performance Excellence-2000 in recognition of their significant contributions:
Shri R Raghunathan, Sci G
The development, evaluation,
clearance and production of the pilotless target aircraft, Lakshya marks a significant
milestone in the growth of indigenous aeronautical capabilities, as it provides the three
Services with a locally designed, cost-effective, reusable aerial target system.
Seven leading scientists were conferred upon the Scientist of the Year Award-2000 recognition of their significant contributions:
Shri N Divakar, Sci G,
Director, Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, Hyderabad
Shri BR Grover, Sci G,
Director of Combat Vehicles, DRDO HQrs , New Delhi
Shri Sistla Ravind,
Sci F, Electronics & Radar Development Establishment, Bangalore
Shri V Babu Rao, Sci
G, Aeronautical Development Establishment, Bangalore
Dr G Malakondaiah, Sci
F, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad
Shri N Prabhakar, Sci
F, Defence Research & Development Laboratory, Hyderabad
The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bangalore, has been conferred with the Defence Technology Absorption Award-2000 in recognition of its valuable contributions to the Prithvi system. HAL has successfully absorbed technologies developed by the Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in manufacturing critical hardware for the Prithvi missile under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. The aerospace, aero-engine as well as the foundry and forge divisions of HAL have been partners in the concurrent development, fabrication and productionisation of airframe sections, rocket engines, and quality forgings/castings for the Prithvi missile system. The accessories complex of HAL has successfully produced and supplied the state-of-the-art strap-down inertial guidance systems.
Kirloskar Pneumatic Co Ltd, Pune
The Kirloskar Pneumatic Co Ltd, Pune, has been conferred with the Defence Technology Absorption Award-2000 in recognition of the significant contributions made by the firm in absorbing technology and producing critical components for defence applications. Kirloskar Pneumatic Co Ltd has worked with the Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment, Avadi, in successfully absorbing the technology for the hydrogas suspension units for MBT Arjun. It has also successfully produced essential components like gear train, twin-top roller/track adjuster and torque converter for Agni. The components 'productionised by the firm have been tested in field trials and have been found reliable.
Defence Technology Spin-off Award-2000
The Optics & Allied Engg Pvt Ltd, Bangalore and Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun, have been conferred with the Defence Technology Spin-Off Award-2000 in recognition of their valuable contributions in successful development and production of cost-effective low-vision aids. Plastic aspheric magnifiers are low vision aids and IRDE undertook a project for their indigenous development. Optics & Allied Engg Pvt Ltd has successfully absorbed the technology and produced these magnifiers in large batches through injection moulding technique. The magnifiers have been successfully tested and cleared by the National Institute of Visually Handicapped, Dehradun and Rajendra Prasad Centre for Opthalmic Studies, New Delhi.