Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee inaugurating the DRDO Technology Awards Ceremony (left), PM presenting Silicon Trophy for the Best Systems Laboratory (right)Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee conferred the DRDO Technology Awards-2001 on 11 May 2002 as a part of the National  Technology Day celebration at an impressive ceremony held at Vigyan  Bhawan, New Delhi. The occasion was also graced by the Raksha Mantri, Raksha Rajya Mantri, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and  other distinguished dignitaries.

The DRDO Technology Awards were introduced in 1998 to motivate and  encourage scientists and technologists and our partners in industries  as well as academicia, in accelerating the pace of development of  critical technologies, transfer of technologies from the laboratories  to industries and productionisation of the state-of-the-art defence systems.

On this ocassion, the Silicon Trophy for the Best Systems Laboratory  was given to the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE),  Bangalore, for its significant contributions towards the development of  aeronautical systems and technologies in the thrust areas of Unmanned  Air Vehicles, Flight Simulation, and Combat Aircraft Systems. The  Titanium Trophy for the Best Science Laboratory was awARDEd to the   Interim Test Range (ITR), Balasore, for providing services for the Test  and Evaluation of Guided Missiles and other Flight Vehicles. In  addition, the following awards carrying a citation and a cash component  of Rs 1 Lakh to Rs 10 Lakh were also given away:

Life Time Achievement Award to Dr RP Shenoy, former Distinguished   Scientist, DRDO

Technology Leadership Award to Dr Kota Harinarayana, Distinguished   Scientist and Programme Director, LCA.

Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance to Shri KVSS Prasad Rao,   CCR&D and his team from missiles group of laboratories; Shri CGS Sarma,   Sci G and his team from DEBEL, Bangalore; Shri S Neelakantan, Sci F and  his team from CEMILAC, Bangalore; Shri VL Narasimhan, Sci F and his  team from HEMRL, Pune; and Shri VS Hashilkar, Sci E and his team from  ARDE, Pune.

Award for Performance Excellence to Shri PK Venkatachalam, Sci G and   his team from R&DE (Engrs), Pune.

Defence Technology Absorption Award to Astra Microwaves Products Ltd, Secunderabad; and MTR Foods Ltd, Bangalore.

Academic Excellence Award to Prof GR Nagabhushana and Prof KP Rao, both   from IISc, Bangalore.

Defence Technology Spin-Off Award to DRDE, Gwalior.

Scientist of the Year Award to Dr HV Batra, Sci F, DRDE, Gwalior; Shri   K Santeppa, Sci F, ANURAG, Hyderabad; Shri MB Verma, Sci H, ADA,  Bangalore; Smt Malathi Limaye, Sci G, ADE, Bangalore; Shri S  Varadarajan, Sci G, LRDE, Bangalore; Shri S Sivaraman, Sci G, IRDE,  Dehradun; Shri Suresh Chandra, Sci G, ARDE, Pune; Shri TS Raghavan, Sci  G, CAIR, Bangalore; Shri VL Narasimha Rao, Sci G, ASL, Hyderabad; and  Shri Vasudeva Murthy, Sci G, DRDL, Hyderabad.