Scientist 'G' to 'H'

Dr V SiddharthaDr V Siddhartha, graduated in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, in 1965. Later, he was educated at Cranfield Institute of Technology and Imperial College, London. After spending a year at the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex, he joined the Government of India and served at the Department of Science & Technology as Adviser and Head, Technology Utilisation at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Dr Siddhartha had also been the Secretary of Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.


Dr Siddhartha joined DRDO at its HQrs in 1985. Earlier, from 1974 to 1982, he was a member of the Systems Planning and Analysis Group (SPAG) at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore and Chairman of its Technology Transfer Group. Since 1993, Dr Siddhartha has piloted the homegrown technology innovation-funding scheme of the Technology. Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council of the Department of Science & Technology .He has also been a Consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme.

Dr Siddhartha is a senior associate of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore; life member of the Aeronautical Society of India, and United Service Institution of India; founder life member of the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore; member of the technology committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Governing Council of the Zaheer Science Foundation and editorial board member of Current Science.

PrahladaShri Prahlada, Director, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, obtained his Masters in  aeronautical engineering (rockets and missile systems) from Indian Institute of Sclence, Bangalore, in 1971. Since 1971 he has served in various R&D establishments, such as: VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram; DRDL, Hyderabad and ADE, Bangalore. His areas of interest include: flight controls, guidance, propulsion, system design and system engineering. Hypersonic flight vehicle integrated with air breathing scramjet engine is his current field of research. As a project DIRECTOR, he has guided development of Akash missile. He is also leading the integrated  guided missiles programme, as the Chairman of the programme board, responsible for realising, producing and deployment of missile systems Prithvi, Trishul, Akash, and Nag. He is  also the programme DIRECTOR for the joint  venture missile programme PJ -10 for development, production and trial evaluation of anti-ship missile system.

Shri Prahlada is a life member of Aeronautical Society of India and Hyderabad Management Association, member, Astronautical Society of India and System Society of India; donor member, IlSc Alumni Association; fellow, Institution of Engineers: President, Hyderabad Chapter of ISAMPE; and Vice- President of Hyderabad Management Association. He is  recipient of National Aeronautical Prize for 1998.

Dr RV SwamyDr RV Swamy, has been promoted to the rank of Scientist H wef 1 July 2001 and also appointed Chief Controller R&D (Materials and Life Sciences), DRDO HQrs, New Delhi, wef 1. September 200 1. Dr Swamy obtained PhD in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1971. He was a post-doctoral fellow in Iowa State University, USA , where he worked in Organophosphorus Chemistry during 1984-86. He has been with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) before joining DRDO at Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, in 1975 and was Director, DRDE since 1991. At DRDE, he was associated with R&D in hazardous organic chemicals and their toxicological studies; and detection, protection and decontamination pertaining to toxic chemicals.

Dr Swamy is a member of the Indian delegation for Chemical Weapons Convention at the Hague, the Netherlands; Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Geneva; and Confidentiality Commission, Organisation.for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Hague, the Netherlands. He has participated in several international conferences and seminars. He was one of the motivating forces in establishing a regional training centre for Asia at DRDE, for training prospective inspectors to carry Out various types of inspections. He has 39 papers and 13 patents to his credit. He is a member of the Indian Society for Mass Spectrometry and NMR Group to finalize spectra for  OPCW analytical database, the Hague, the Netherlands. He was awARDEd DRDO Scientist of the Year Award 1989, VASVIK Award 1995 in recognition to his excellent services in Biological Science.

Rajendra Kumar SyalShri Rajendra Kumar Syal, Sci G, has been appointed Director, Defence Laboratory, Jodhpur, wef 3 October 2001. He graduated in chemical engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh, in .1969. Shri Syal joined DRDO at Defence Materials & Stores Research & Development Establishment (DMSRDE), Kanpur, in 1969 and later shifted to High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, in 1975. He has been involved in successful development of combustible cartridge case technology and introduction of combustible cartridge case ammunition for T- 72 Tank; MBT  Arjun ammunition and also successfully transferred combustible cartridge case technology to   productIon agencies. He also has designed and developed a number of processes on pilot plant scale, such as direct synthesis ofmethylchlorosilanes in fluidized bed reactor, cyclized rubber, 2-nitrodiphenylamine, elastopolymers, dense nitrocellulose, semi-combustible primers,  recovery of acetic acid from the effluent of HMX plant, amorphous boron powder and triaminotrinitrobenzene.

Shri Syal has been awARDEd DRDO Technology Award in 1995 for his outstanding contribution towards design and development of combustible cartridge case and semi-combustible .primer for MET Arjun ammunition; NRDC Invention Award in 1999 for his meritorious invention of combustible cartridge cases for tank gun ammurutIon and NOCIL Award in 1999 for excellence in design and development of process plant and equipment.

Shri Syal is a life member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and High Energy  Materials Society of India. Shri Syal has 21 publications and 5 patents to his credit.

Higher Qualifications Achieved

Shri Damse Ramdas Sawleram, Sci D, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL),  Pune, has been awARDEd PhD for the thesis on Studies on Nitramine GAP Based High Energy Gun Propellants.

Shri Manoj Gupta, Sci E, HEMRL has been awARDEd PhD for his thesis on Studies on Various Bonding Agents for Hydroxy Terminated Poly butadiene (HTPB) Based Composite Propellants by the University of Pune.

International Patent

An international patent in the Netherlands has been granted to Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, in the name of Uma Joshi, SK Raza, Pravin Kumar, R Vijayaraghavan, and DK Jaiswal. The patent is entitled, An Antidote Against Sulfur Mustard.

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