DRDO LABS/ESTTS CELEBRATED NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY

The National Science Day was celebrated all over the country on 28 February 2000 to mark the discovery of Raman Effect by Prof CV Raman in 1928. Various DRDO labs/estts also celebrated the Day with great enthusiasm. A write-up covering the National Science Day celebration at the central level was reported in the April 2000 issue of the DRDO Newsletter. The details of the celebration at the various DRDO labs/estts are highlighted here.

ADE/ASIEO, Bangalore

The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE)/Advanced System Integration & Evaluation Organisation (ASIEO), Bangalore, celebrated the National Science Day by organising science lectures. Dr KG Narayanan, Director, ADE/ASIEO, recalled CV Raman's contributions to science and importance of the Day. Dr Jharna Majumdar, Sci F, ADE, delivered the Science Day oration on Airborne Video Surveillance and Monitoring using Image Exploitation, while Shri KB Venkataraman, Sci F, ASIEO, spoke on Identification of Complex Radar Emitters- Emerging Concepts.

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ARDE, Pune

The Armament Research & Development Establishment celebrated National Science Day with usual fanfare and gaiety. Shri JK Arora, IAS, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, delivered a talk on Science and Rural Development. Shri KN Pandey, Associate Director, ARDE, presided over the function. As a part of the celebration, Shri Arora gave Young Scientist Award and Best Staff Awards to Shri Chitturi Venugopal Rao, ; Sci C, Shri AK Dhekne, STA and Shri AG Nagul, TA 'B', respectively. Earlier, Padam Bhushan RN Agarwal, Project Director Agni, was felicitated by Dr SK Salwan, Director, ARDE. Shri Agarwal also gave away the CC R&D's Commendation Certificates to the deserving scientists for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields. Shri RP Pandey, Sci C, delivered a lecture on Noise Control in Armament Design.

CABS, Bangalore

The Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), Bangalore celebrated the National Science Day by organising an oration on Indo-US Relations by Shri Arvind Kumar, National lnstitute of Science, Bangalore and a talk on Synthetic Aperture Radar by Shri S Ravi Babu and Shri A Vengadarajan, both Sci D, CABS.

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CEES, Delhi

The Centre for Environment & Explosive Safety (CEES),Delhi, observed the National Science Day by organising an oration on Disasters Management in the Indian Scenario by Dr Chitra Rajagopal, Sci E, CEES. The oration focused on the immense loss of economy, resource and human life by major natural, technological and ecological - disasters in recent years, particularly in developing countries like India. Specific case studies of man-made and natural disaster were critically analysed with respect to efficacy of the existing disasters management set-up, and possible measures were proposed which would substantially reduce both human and property losses from disaster.

DESIDOC, Delhi

nlmay(b).jpg (19877 bytes)The Defence Scientific Information & Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Delhi, observed the National Science Day by organising a lecture on Our Wonderful Earth-Environmental Pollution. Dr Ajit Ram Verma, former Director, National Physical Laboratory, spoke on chemical composition of environment and explained that such a unique composition exists only on our planet. Dr Mohinder Singh, Director, DESIDOC, presided over the function. The National Science Day oration was delivered by Ms Bela Telang, Sci B, on DRONA.

DIPR, Delhi

The Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Delhi, organised the National Science Day by organising a seminar and an exhibition. A large number of children participated in various activities organised at the intelligence, aptitude and human engineering 1aboratory of the Institute. On the occasion, Prof Gopa Bhardwaj, Head, Department of Psychology, Delhi ,University, presented a paper on HRD Process for Defence-A Psychological Analysis, while Shri RK Pradhan, SRF, presented a paper on Emerging Trends in Psychological Research.

GTRE, Bangalore

The Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE}, Bangalore, organised a lecture to mark the occasion of the National Science Day on Dimensional Instability in Aero Gas Turbine Materials and Technology to Control It, by Shri Ramaraj Bhat, Sci C.

HEMRL, Pune

The High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL}, Pune, observed the National Science Day very enthusiastically. Dr JP Agrawal, Associate Director, was the Convenor of the National Science Day celebration. Padam Shree Dr WD Patwardhan, former Director of ARDE and HEMRL who was the Chief Guest, delivered a lecture on his experience in the field of High Energy Materials. Shri GD Joshi, Sci C, HEMRL, gave the National Science Day oration on Advanced Explosive Reactive Armour. As a part of the celebration, a competition was organised where nine scientists gave presentations relating to their work. The Chief Guest gave away Cash Awards to three meritorious presentations and Commendation Certificates to all speakers as a mark of appreciation.

INMAS, Delhi

The Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS} I Delhi, observed the National Science Day by organising scientific lectures. Dr HC Goel, Jt Director, INMAS, delivered a lecture on Perspectives in Biomedicine, while Prof NK Mishra, Head, Department of Neuroradiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, delivered a lecture on Current Trends in Interventional Neuroradiology.

NMRL, Ambernath

The Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL), Ambernath, celebrated the National Science Day with a plenary address by Dr PC Deb on Understanding Basic Sciences-An Important Step in the Development of Advanced Materials. Dr J Rangarajan, Sci E, NMRL, delivered. the keynote address on Information Technology, Materials and Energy in the New Millennium. Dr AB Samui, Sci E; Shri VP Deshmukh, Sci D; and Shri Suman Roy Choudury, Sci C, all at NMRL spoke on Transition from Basic to Applied Sciences and Vice- Versa.

R&D(Engrs), Pune

The Research & Development Establishment (R&DE (Engrs)), Pune, observed the National Science Day by highlighting the pioneering efforts of Padam Bhusan RN Agarwal in the development of Agni missile by Shri YP Pathak, Director, R&DE (Engrs). Dr AP Joshi, Scientist Emeritus, NCL, was the Chief Guest on the occasion and spoke on the need for DRDO to work in the field of Biotechnology. He also gave practical suggestions for energy generation from biomass and waste.

SASE, Manali

The Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) HQrs, Manali, observed the National Science Day in traditional way by organising scientific lectures. Shri PK Satyawali, Sci C, SASE, delivered a lecture on Microstructure-A Possible Tool to Study Mass Growth Rate and Material Properties of Snow. Prof OPN Calla, Director, International Centre for Radio Science, Jodhpur, was the guest speaker on the occasion who delivered a lecture on Use of Microwave in Remote Sensing.

sspl, Delhi

The Solidstate Physics Laboratory (sspl), Delhi, celebrated the National Science Day by organising scientific orations. Prof Viney Kumar lain, former Director, INMAS, delivered a talk on Metabolic Engineering Approaches to Enhance Selectivity in Genotoxic Therapy, while Prof TC Goel, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, spoke on Persistent Polarisation-Recent Applications. National Science Day orations on pyroelectric Materials and IR Detectors by Dr Chandra Prakash, Sci D and Developments in Information Management at sspl by Shri ZAD Khan, Sci D, were also delivered.

TBRL, Chandigarh

The Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh, celebrated the National Science Day by organising lectures on scientific progress. Dr Gurdip Singh, Reader, Dept of Chemistry, Gorakhpur University, delivered an invited lecture on NTO-A Potential High Energetic Compound. Dr SK Vasudeva, Sci F, TBRL, delivered lecture on Latest Trends in Explosives Technology.

VRDE, Ahmednagar

The Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, celebrated the National Science Day by organising scientific lecture on Automobile Pollution and Society. As a part of the celebration, an exhibition was also organised where industries participated and displayed their products. Hybrid electric vehicle and CNG converted Maruti Gypsy designed and developed by VRDE were the major attraction of the exhibition. The National Centre for Automotive Testing (NCAT) was kept open for public on the National Science Day.