MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
Under the continuing education programme of DRDO, the Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS), Delhi, organised a course on Man-Machine Environment and Optimum Performance, during 13-17 November 2000. Twenty participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The faculty was drawn from DRDO and lIT, Delhi. The topics covered during the course included man with respect to various environmental stresses like high altitude, cold, heat, noise, vibration, electromagnetic field, and other environmentally toxic chemical hazards. It also DEALt with significance of physiological measurement of work and anthropometric measurement of body dimensions in real work situations, different principles of safety in man-machine systems, and application of ergonomics. Psychophysiological considerations to be followed were also discussed. Participants were also given an overview of the human engineering applications in different man-machine interfaces of military importance. Dr W Selvamurthy, Director, DIPAS and DIPR delivered the inaugural address on the basic objective of the course. Dr PK Banerjee, Sci F, was the Course Director.
Prof GS Mani, Director & Dean, IAT, inaugurated the course. Shri HK Abhyankar, Principal, Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune and Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Pune University, presided over the valedictory function. Prof JB Bhalerao, Sci F and Shri NE Dole, Sci C, were Course Director and Course Coordinator, respectively.
The Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, organised a course on Basic Industrial Practices, during 18-21 December 2000. A special feature of the course was that it was conducted in the medium of Raj Bhasha and special efforts were made to produce a hard copy of the course material at a level appropriate to the participants, in Hindi. Thirty participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course.
The Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, organised a course on Product Design, ManufacturIng & Development through CAD, Virtual Reality and Rapid Prototyping, during 18-22 December 2000. Twenty-nine participants from various DRDO labs/estts participated in the course. The topics covered during the course were: Rapid prototyping, stereo-lithography, virtual engineering, direct laser metal sintering, foundry applications with fused deposition modeling, VR practices in LCA project, reverse engineering and product development, design optimisation through RP, virtual manufacturing and process simulation, rapid tooling, vacuum casting with FDM patterns, etc. Lt Gen (Retd) Dr VJ Sundaram, Consultant, ADA, Bangalore, presided over the valedictory function and distributed course certificates to the participants.
The 3rd International Seminar on High Energy Materials was organized by the High Energy Materials Society of India (HEMSI) at VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram, during 6-8 December 2000. The High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, contributed 47 papers at the Seminar. Dr Haridwar Singh, President, HEMSI, during his address at the General Body Meeting of HEMSI stressed on the need for frequent interaction among the members of the Society for identifying specific thrust areas in the field of high energy materials and to organize a workshop every year.
Mid-Summer Day for Antartica 2000
Club of India (ANCOI) celebrated the Mid-Summer Day for Antarctica on 21 December 2000 at
the Institute of Technology Management (ITM), Mussoorie. The celebration was organised for
the first time when an announcement was made regarding the opening of northern chapter of
ANCOI at ITM. The event was inaugurated by Shri MR Joshi, Chairman, ANCOI and was attended
by 20 Antarcticans from various organizations. To mark the Mid-Summer Day, Shri Joshi
released an issue of ANCOI Newsletter. Brig RG Wastrad (Retd.), Vice-Chairman, ANCOI and
Brig (Dr) RC Pathak, Director, ITM and Chief Editor, ANCOI Newsletter, were also present
on the occasion.
The Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Delhi, has developed a Driving Aptitude Test for the selection of military transport (MT) drivers of the Armed Forces. This measure is expected to enhance the capabilities of the drivers serving in the Army. The test consists of a battery of intelligence and aptitude tests measuring distribution and endurance of attention, eye-hand coordination, immeDIATe memory, perceptual clarity abilities, etc.