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,