Dr CL Dhamejani, Sci F, has been appointed Director, Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, w.e.f 1 May 2005. Dr Dhamejani obtained his BSc from Agra University in 1969, MS (Mech. Engg) from PF University Moscow (Russia) on a Scholarship from Ministry of Education, Government of India. He is a PhD from IIT, Bombay in 1988 and has completed a certificate course in Disaster Management from IGNOU, New Delhi.

Dr Dhamejani joined DRDO in May 1976 and was engaged in research, design, development and evaluation of Army and civilian vehicles and their systems.

Some of his achievements at DRDO include design improvements on engines acclaimed by M/S MAN Germany, turbo charging of automotive engines operating in high altitude areas, heating systems for mobile applications like ambulances, cabs and bodies of vehicles utilizing the waste heat from engine coolant, design and development of two stroke engines for UAVs and RPVs applications. Before taking over as Director, he was heading the Wheeled Vehicle Division.

Under his guidance, 25 Sarvatra Bridging Vehicles have been productionised and introduced into the Services. A technology demonstrator Light Armoured Wheeled Vehicle has been developed. Platforms for Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) are in advanced stage of development. He has also been associated with development of engine and cooling system for Infantry Combat Vehicle (Abhay).

He is member of Society of Automotive Engineers (India) and Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Calcutta

Higher Qualification Achieved

Smt Vimla Asnani, TO C, Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Delhi, has been awARDEd PhD in Psychology for her thesis entitled, Social Support as Moderator of Role Stress and Job Satisfaction: A Comparison of Government, Public and Private Sector Employees by Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi on 17 March 2005.

DRDO NEWSLETTER Correspondent Nominated

We welcome Shri Sai Gunaranjan, Sci B, Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS), Bangalore, to the family of DRDO NEWSLETTER Correspondents.