The National Technology Day was
celebrated on 11 May 2000 to mark the 2nd Anniversary of Shakti (Pokhran nuclear tests).
DRDO HQrs and Delhi-based DRDO labs/estts celebrated the Day with great enthusiasm at the
Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC), Delhi, under the auspices of Defence
Dr VK Aatre, SA to RM, chaired the Technology Day session and delivered the Technology Day
address. He spoke on future technologies which are likely to emerge in the next ten to
fifteen years. He stressed that micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) will play a
dominating role in shaping the day-to-day life in civil as well as military sectors. In
this context, he highlighted the work being carried out at the Solidstate Physics
Laboratory (sspl), Delhi, and mentioned about the national programme being initiated
jointly by five major R&D departments including DRDO. He also discussed the
utilization of hydrogen as a fuel to meet future energy requirements and highlighted the
developments in fuel cell technology and bio-electronics, citing the Dr VK Aatre
delivering the Technology Day address example of artificial eye and mesomorphic chips
capable of giving perception of vision directly to the cortex. He emphasised the need to
combine the expertise and dedication of DRDO scientists with utmost professionalism to
meet the technology needs of the Armed Forces.
On this occasion,
a Compendium of the National Science
Day Orations was released by Shri K Santhanam, Chief Advisor (Technology), DRDO HQrs, New
Delhi. As a part of the celebration, Dr Brahma Singh, Director of Agricultural Sciences
and Brig SB Akali, Add! Director, Dte of L&I, delivered talks on Cold Desert
Agri-Horticultural Technologies and Samyukta -An Overview, respectively.
Dr Aatre gave away
the Technology Day Awards to Col Umang Kapoor, Lt Col VK Sharma and Lt Col NM Murali from
C-TEC (Centre for Technology Extension and Commercialisation) and to Dr AK Singh, Dr
Rajneesh Sharma, Dr Aseem Bhatnagar, Dr Anil Mishra, and Mrs Pushpa Mishra, all from
INMAS, Delhi, for their work on development of diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals.