Shri JL Mohindroo joined DRDO at the Instrument Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun, during 1966 and later joined CVRDE, Avadi as Sci B in 1975. He was deputed for Military Vehicle Technology Course at IAT, Pune, during 1980-81. At CVRDE, he worked on the design of running gear for MBT Arjun, and was head, running gear division for eight years. His main contribution is in the development of hydro gas suspension system for MBT Arjun. He was associated with the system development of MBT Arjun from initial stages to final acceptance by the Army. He also ensured MBT Arjun for an assured life of 4000-4500 km. He has also been closely associated with automotive and firing trials of MBT Arjun and at present, has been heading the trials, evaluation and product support division of CVRDE.
Smt Meera Kaushal graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University. She has held various positions in the heat transfer group of Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, and has been heading it for the past 15 years. She has been mainly responsible for the thermal modelling of the gas turbine engine, design and development of state-of-the-art cooling techniques for cooling of the turbine vanes and blades of Kaveri engine for LCA and its variant for marine application. Her major contribution has been in the setting up of the most intricate high pressure, high temperature heat transfer rig with all the subsystems to simulate the flow conditions at the turbine entry for the entire flight spectrum, which is first of its kind in the country.
Kaushal has also been responsible for deriving the Mission mix profile to arrive at the
engine component life and coordinated to generate ASMET schedule, based on the LCA which
simulates the aircraft mission in a test environment. She has authored several technical
papers in the areas of blade cooling and thermal analysis of engine components. She is
presently the Executive Council Member of the Aeronautical Society of India, Bangalore
Dr Promod Kumar Saxena obtained his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1978. He worked as a Lecturer of Mathematics at the Regional Engineering College, Silchar, Assam and NDA, Khadakwasla, Pune before joining DRDO at the Scientific Analysis Group (SAG), Delhi, as Sci C in1981.
Shri SC Kaushal, Sci G, has been appointed Director, Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, wef 1 August 2002. He graduated in Aeronautics from the University of Punjab and has undergone two-year graduate training with M/s Rolls Royce, UK with nine-month secondment to Frank Whittle Turbo-machinery Laboratory, Cambridge University, UK. He has rich professional experience of more than three and a half decades in DRDO. Prior to assuming the present assignment at GTRE, he was the Programme Director for Kaveri and Kaveri Marinisation Programme, and the Additional Director for compressor, turbine, computational fluid dynamics, rotor support and internal flows, engine accessory gearbox, measurement engineering, total system and engine assembly groups.
Shri Kaushal has authored several scientific papers and reports. He was invited by the Agency for Defence Development, Republic of Korea, to organise a seminar on Gas Turbine Technology. He is the member of Aeronautical Research & Development Board (AR&DB) propulsion panel; coordination committee, propulsion division, National Aeronautical Laboratory; and Invited Member-Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Governing Council. He is recognised as an expert in Aeronautics to identify projects between India and China under the Project Exploration Expert Exchange Programme (PEEEP) of the Dept of Science & Technology. He is the Member Secretary, Technical Advisory Group-5 (TAG-5) constituted by SA to RM.
Office of SA to CNS
Dr RK Tewari, Sci G, has been appointed Scientific
Adviser to the Chief of the Naval Staff at Naval HQrs, New Delhi. He joined DRDO in 1965
and served in different DRDO laboratories in various capacities. His varied areas of work
include: development of fax monitoring system, fax encryption and decryption system, and
propagation studies for space-to-earth path for planning Satcom links. He was the
Chairman, International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR) NWG-5 for two consecutive
terms during 1988-95.
Higher Qualifications Obtained
Shri Divekar Chandrakant Nanasaheb, TO A, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, has been awARDEd PhD for his thesis entitled, Studies on AP/RDX-based Composite Double-Base Propellants with Superior Combustion Characteristics by the University of Pune on 28 August 2002.
Shri Sudhir Chandna, Sci D, Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, has been awARDEd PhD for his thesis entitled, Studies on Factors Modulating Cellular RaDIATion Sensitivity by the University of Delhi.
Ms Jyoti Verma, SRF, INMAS, Delhi has also been awARDEd PhD for her thesis entitled, Development of Radiopharmaceuticals for Imaging of Infectious Lesions with Special Reference to Tuberculoma by the University of Delhi.
Ladakhi Kisan-Jawan-Vigyan Mela 2002
The Field Research Laboratory (FRL), Leh, organised its l0th Ladakhi Kisan-Jawan-Vigyan Mela 2002 during 10-11 August 2002. In this Vigyan Mela various varieties of cucurbits, new varieties of some vegetables, apricot and seabuckthorn products, lilium and gladiolus, solar greenhouses, local medicinal plants, and poultry and dairy products were the main attraction. Various R&D agencies like Sher-e-Kashmir Agri-University, Amchi Research Centre, Leh, Animal Husbandry, Army Units, and some NGOs participated in this Vigyan Mela.
Lt Gen RB Singh AVSM, YSM, GOC, 14 Crops, inaugurated the Vigyan Mela. Maj Gen Rakesh Dass, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC 3 Inf Div was the Chief Guest of the closing function and gave away the prizes to the winners. Col D P Attrey, Director, FRL welcomed the guests and highlighted the achievements of FRL.