Manpower Development Activities

Continuing Education Programme

RCI, Hyderabad

Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad, organised a course on Missile System Design during 1-17 April 2004. Shri R N Agrawal, Director, ASL, inaugurated the course while Dr VK Saraswat, Director, RCI presided over the valedictory function.

Other Courses/Conferences/Seminars

DRDE, Gwalior

Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, has organised courses on Management of Chemical and Biological Emergencies for Ministry of Home Affairs. These courses included: two-week course on Chemical Emergencies for Trainers, one-week course on Biological Emergencies for Trainers, one-week course on Chemical Emergencies for Responders, two-week course on Chemical Emergencies for CISF, and two- week course on Chemical Emergencies for ITBP.

In addition to theoretical and practical aspects of chemical and biological warfare, mock drill/exercises were also conducted at DRDE, Gwalior.

DRDL, Hyderabad

Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, organised a workshop on Advanced Manufacturing Technology from 30 April-1 May 2004. Shri M Natarajan, Distinguished Scientist & CC R&D (ACE) inaugurated the workshop and released the workshop proceedings. Prof P Radhakrishnan, Vice Chancellor, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore and Shri IK Kaul, Director of Engineering, DRDL delivered the key-note address. One-hundred and six case studies were deliberated in 14 sessions during the workshop.

IAT, Pune

Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Girinagar, Pune organised a POINTS-03 course for the freshly inducted scientists of DROO. Dr A Sivathanu Pillai, DS & CC R&D (R&M and NS) inaugurated the course. Three hundred and twenty-eight officers were in this batch including 38 lady officers. Rear Adm AK Handa, VSM, Director & Dean welcomed the Chief Guest who delivered an interesting technical lecture about DRDO programmes, emerging technologies and the likely scenario 100 years from now.

DFRL, Mysore

Defence Food Research Laboratory, (DFRL) Mysore, organised a two-day Life Sciences Scientistsí Conference during 15-16 April 2004. Dr W Selvamurthy, CCR&D (LS&HR) inaugurated the conference. The aim of the conference was to provide better approach, understanding, co-operation and interaction among the scientists of life sciences for the improvement in quality of life of Armed personnel as well as share the R&D facilities available with the various laboratories for better progress of research. Sixty participants from various life sciences laboratories of DRDO attended the conference.

Sports Round-Up

DRDO North Zone Cricket Tournament

Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehra Dun, organised the DRDO North Zone Cricket Tournament during 15-19 April 2004. Six teams comprising players from 15 labs/estts participated in the tournament. Nine matches were played in five days. Team D comprising of LASTEC and CFEES, both from Delhi won the tournament while team A of IRDE, Dehra Dun was the runner-up. Dr AS Bains, Director, DEAL, Dehradun, and President DRDO North Zone Sports Council awARDEd the trophies and individual prizes.

North Zone Skiing Tournament

Shri Sachin Bharti, STA 'A', Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, participated in North Zone Skiing Tournament held at Solang, SASE, Manali, during 16-22 February 2004 and secured the second position. He also secured the third position in Down Hill event of the DRDO Skiing Championship-2004, organised by SASE and Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports held at Solang, Manali.

LASTEC Receives Horticultral Awards

The Horticulture Section of Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC), Delhi, won the Girdhari Lal Jewellers Cup on 15 February 2004 and DAHS Cup on 28 February 2004 in Mid-sized Government GARDEn Competition organised by YWCA, Delhi; and Delhi-Agricultural Horticultural Society (DAHS), Delhi, respectively. The artistically landscaped gARDEn terraced with wide spectrum of colourful flowers of rare variety was appreciated by all.

Know your Pro. for Hyderabad and Pune Zone

Dr K Divyananda, has taken over as Zonal Public Relations Officer (PRO) for DRDO labs/estts at Hyderabad, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Ambernath and Ahmednagar. He obtained his PhD in Information Science from Kuvempu University, Karnataka in 1996; and Masters of Arts from Dharwad in 1990 and joined DRDO in the same year. He established a Media Centre for Hyderabad and Pune Zone at DRDL campus with the cooperation of Director, DRDL within a short span of time and many press releases were released in the process of image building of DRDO.

Dr Divyananda served as Dy Director-Information Publicity, Media and Public Relations during the National and International events AIVA-93, HEXA-95, Aero India International Air Show -1996, 1998 and 2001, etc.

He was the Founder and Member Secretary for establishment of Aerospace Museum Society, Bangalore; and served as OSD for 50th Republic India project Bharat Darshan Theme Park Project. He is the member of the Aeronautical Society of India, Aerospace Museum Society of India, Society for Information Scientists (SIS), Academy of Information Scientists, Bangalore.

In recognition of services rendered to profession as well as yeoman services, he has been honoured by Urban & Rural Development Ministry; Ministry of Cooperation, Government of Karnataka; Ministry of Civilization & Tourism, Government of India, New Delhi.

HEMRL Celebrates Annual Day

High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, celebrated its Annual Day on 1 March 2004 which was observed as Open Day for all HEMRL employees and their families. Sports, cultural, cookery, flower arrangement, rangoli, painting, and handicrafts competitions were organised. The employees, who had completed 25 years of service, were felicitated with memento. Director, HEMRL also gave away the DRDO and Lab Cash Awards to the employees. Smt Girija Singh gave away awards for the various competitions held as part of the annual day celebrations.