Dr KS Bhat, Sci E; Shri Meduri Ravi, Sci C; and Shri Suresh, STA C, Microwave Tube Research & Development Centre (MTRDC), Bangalore, have been jointly awARDEd the NRDC Meritorious Invention Award-2OO3 for their contribution towards development of  M-Type Dispenser Cathodes for Microwave Tubes. The award was given by the Vice- President of lndia on 11 May2OO3.

Dr Kailas  Nath Katju Award

Dr SJS Flora, Sci E, Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE) , Gwalior, has been conferred with Dr Kailash Nath Katju Award-1999 of MP Council of Science & Technology. Dr Flora's research work provided significant insights into management of lead, arsenic and gallium arsenide including the role of micronutrients and adjuvant during chelation treatment and the use of combination of drugs.

DRDO Skiing Competition

Shri Baiju M Nair, Sci B, Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Cochin, won two Gold Medals in DRDO Skiing Competition held at Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Manali in March 2003 in recognition of his first position both in Down Rill as well as in Giant Slalom.

ASNT NDT Level III Certification

Shri GV Siva Rao, Sci D, Defence Research & Deve- lopment Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad was conferred with ASNT NDT Level III Certification in Radiography (RT) and Ultrasonic Testing (UT) by American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNT). ASNT conducts NDT Level III Certification program for the personnel working in the field of non -destructive testing. Level III Certification is the highest level of certification offered bv ASNT .

Special Award to DARL

Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL), Pithoragarh, has been conferred with a Special Award for its stall in the All India Farmers' Fair Agro Industrial Exhibition, organised by GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology , Pantnagar, Uttaranchal during 5-8 March 2003. Shri Sudarshan Agarwal, Governor of Uttaranchal inaugurated the function while Shri RS Tolia, Principal Secretary , Uttaranchal State gave away the Award.

ARDE Receives ISO 9001: 2000 Certification

Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE)  Pune has been awARDEd ISO 9001: 2000Shri Deshpande receiving certificate from Shri Shinde Certification by M / S TUV , Suddeutschland. The Certificate Award Ceremony was held on 23 April 2003. Shri M Natarajan, Distinguished Scientist and CCR&D (AGE) was the Chief Guest. Shri Vijay Shinde, Lead Auditor, presented the Certificate to Shri PU Deshpande, Distinguished Scientist and Director. ARDE is already an ISO 9001: 1994 certified establishment for last three years. It has not only successfully" implemented the quality system, but has also sustained it for the last three years.

DRDL hosted ASI Annual Awards Function

Defence Research & Development Laboratory {DRDL), Hyderabad, hosted the Annual Awards Function and Technical Meet of Astronautical Society of India, ISRO, on 28 March, 2003. Shri Prahlada, Director, DRDL, Hyderabad delivered the welcome address and Dr Kotaharinarayan, Vice President of Astronautical Society of India, also the Vice Chancellor, Central University, Hyderabad spoke about the society and awards. Dr Kasturirangan, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space, introduced the Chief Guest Shri Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, who gave away ASI Annual Awards, and acknowledged the support extended by him to the Scientific Community in the State. Shri PD Bhavsar and RP Shenoy were awARDEd the Aryabhatta Award for the 1999 and 2000, respectively. Awards related to Rocket, Spacecraft, Space Sciences and Applications, and Space Systems Management fields were given to 14 other scientists for their distinguished achievements.

DARL Releases Two Varieties of Vegetables

Two varieties of vegetable viz., Tomato Hybrid DARL-304 and Garlic variety DARL-52 have been developed by Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL), Pithoragarh. These were released by State Variety Release Committee, Uttaranchal.