Personnel News


Shri A Subhananda Rao, Sci G, has been appointed Director, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune w.e.f. 1 April 2004. He obtained BTech in Mechanical Engineering from NIT, Warangal in 1973; and ME from IISc, Bangalore in 1975. Shri Rao joined DRDO at Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in 1975. He was promoted to Sci G w.e.f July 1998 and worked as Director, Solid Propulsion Systems Centre at Advanced System Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad prior to joining HEMRL as Director.

Shri Rao has rich experience in the field of propulsion system of various classes of missiles. He has made excellent contributions in the development of propulsion systems for Agni, Trishul, Nag programmes of DRDO. Propulsion system for Lakshya (Booster), SAM-II and SAM-III have been other noteworthy contributions of Shri Rao. A large number of technologies including case bonded motors, large rocket motor system, flex nozzle control system, gas generation system for canister launched missile and fabrication technology for ultra high strength steels are to his credit.

He is the recipient of Gold Medal for Import Substitution of Propellant for surface-to-air missile SAM-II and Distinguished Alumni Award-2001 (NIT Warangal). He is member of Institution of Engineers; Aeronautical Society of India; Governing Council of High Energy Materials Society of India; ISAMPE; and Astronautical Society of India.


Dr Haridwar Singh, Outstanding Scientist, Director, HEMRL retired from service w.e.f. 31st March 2004. He joined HEMRL as JSO in 1971 and was appointed Director HEMRL w.e.f. June 1990. The Spectrum of DRDO and other awards bestowed on him and Scientist of the Year Award conferred twice (1983 & 1993) speak volumes of his exemplary contributions in the area of high energy materials. He has been appointed Emeritus Scientist w.e.f. 1 April 2004.


Shri PU Deshpande, Distinguished Scientist, Ex-CC R&D; Ex-Director, Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, expired after a short illness on 20 March 2004. He served DRDO for 35 years in various capacities and was the pioneer of Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) Ammunition Technology in India. He was member of many policy-making bodies of DRDO and Ministry of Defence. He was a visionary and his contribution to DRDO is unmatched. He retired from service in July 2003.

DRDO family pays heart-felt deep homage to the departed soul.